Review: Baskin

A squad of unsuspecting cops goes through a trapdoor to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building.

I must admit that I have never seen the short film that this feature length movie evolved from so as I write this I have nothing to compare it too suffice to say that the anticipation for this movie was sky high due to how well the short movie had been received previously. I went into this blind and in fairness it is probably how I wished I had remained during this nonsensical monstrosity of visual greatness but pure absurdness with no semblance of a plot.

I had very little love for this movie but what I did like was the fact it looked visually very impressive and the gore factor was right up there with some very squeamish moments that I do not wish to see again to the point where I felt sick watching it and I am a pretty hardened horror and gore fan if that gives you any idea what we are talking about here.

Did I enjoy it? An absolute no from me as there was nothing within Baskin that I found remotely enjoyable. The story lost me as it flips back and forth and I just lost track and interest in what was going on and taking out the well done gore scenes it just felt like a movie made to shock without any real thought given to the end product. Perhaps I just don’t get it, maybe it’s too art house for a simple soul like me or perhaps it just wasn’t very good. I am inclined to go for the latter.

I’m not sure where to begin with this one. I imagine a number of reviews have begun the same. Can I say bats**t mental? Then I will. THIS FILM WAS BATS**T MENTAL! Hype – there’s that word again – had been building on Baskin long before it was announced to be shown at GFF15. Originally a short by Can Evrenol, also shown in Glasgow if my sleep deprived memory serves, audiences were blown away, and it seems that all that begging for more got them what they wanted – a feature. I really did enjoy Baskin….but I’m not sure why. I won’t lie to you; I was confused, very very confused. I mean, it was great, but I couldn’t tell you what the hell I’d just watched! I must try though, otherwise this would be a very short review….
After being called to a job, a squad of policemen get involved in an accident. When they wake up, they stumble upon what appears to be a cult in the forest, who ushers them in the direction of an abandoned building, and this is where shit goes DOWN. The cops are thrown into a terrifying scenario involving a black mass, but is this all as coincidental as they believe?
Nodding profusely to the likes of Suspiria and Hellraiser, Baskin is surreal, nightmarish and doom laden, but I must say – nowhere near as disturbing as other reviews would have you believe. Maybe I’m just dead inside though. Striking colours are used effectively, giving a whole retro feel, and the scenes reach optimum gnarly status. Whilst all the players were great, credit has to go to Mehmet Cerrahoglu, who plays Baba, for scaring the living daylights out of me. With a menacing face made up to haunt your dreams, I would be suprised if he didn’t achieve evil icon status.
Whilst I would recommend seeing this, I need to also watch it again. I think I was so pumped for seeing it the first time, something was lost in the excitement. I mistook it for something else, and maybe didn’t give it the right attention. You could do a lot worse than this Baskin case (yeah groan away, haters)

Baskin is currently on the festival circuit




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