WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT
When my roommate asked me if I wanted to watch a Turkish blood orgy, I didn’t think she meant a literal Turkish blood orgy… but she did.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Four police officers respond to a call at an abandoned building, but little did they know they’d be entering a portal to hell that was hosting a vile black mass.
Honestly, I’m not sure how to start this one, but let me begin by saying…
I loved how gross it made me feel.
The film starts off a bit slow, with some basic and necessary character building, and you soon realize a couple of the cops need to be put down like rabid dogs. However, there are two police officers who share a unique and deep bond and are very different than the others.
Once things pick up, and trust me they certainly do, I was out of my mind with a mixture of emotions. I felt nervous, disgusted, impressed, intrigued, unsettled, and most importantly, 100% horrified.
As a 26 year old woman who’s watched anything and everything out there, real and otherwise, I decided that this movie is legitimately what nightmares are made of. I felt like the creators saw straight into my subconscious and stole every thought I’ve shaken off because they were too horrific to ponder.
The cinematography is beautiful and colorful, the sets are a blend of stunning and vile, and the soundtrack is killer. At a crucial part in the film, they even used part of the score from Cannibal Holocaust, which I appreciated since I am a huge fan.
At times I felt the film was reminiscent of Salò, House of 100 Corpses, Suspiria, and Rec. I understand this is an extremely strange combination… but it’s sooooo goooood.
The film has semi-frequent dream sequences that are moderately easy to follow, but have strong foreshadowing and end up pulling the movie into a full circle. It’s very mystical and creative, and there are a lot of hidden meanings and symbology throughout the beginning of the movie.
Once the cops reach the abandoned house things really, really, go south… and it’s f*cking awesome.
Tons of blood, shit, and dirt covered, blind and masked, cannibalistic humans (debatably) writhing around and violently f*cking each other fill the rooms which the cops are making their way through. I must say, as much as I was excited for this “blood orgy” my roommate talked about, I wasn’t prepared for how filthy it would make me feel! I am in desperate need of a shower just from watching this… SCORE!
Once the cops are kidnapped, it’s BLACK MASS TIME. (Insert badass guitar riff.) The host of the mass is the most terrifying human I’ve ever seen. The entire time I was watching him I was looking for seams on his makeup or some hint of something that could make me feel better about what I was seeing… but that moment would never come.
He’s a grown man with a baby/old man face and a muscular, but miniature, body, with long arms and stubby fingers. After some research, I realized that he is 100% real and this made him all the more horrifying. Not to mention, his character is a ruthless, violent, demonic little man baby.
The deaths are brutal, the effects are stellar, and it is gory as all hell without really overdoing it! The orgies, gutting, eye socket licking, the calcified demon baby, vomit, and everything in-between, was pure art.
The concept is terrifying, fresh, and really makes you consider that your worst nightmares may be happening somewhere on earth… I mean, Hell could be happening in some abandoned house in Turkey. 🙂
Now… for my beef.
The ending was complete SH*T! I’m not going to give it away, and some people may not agree with me, but when it ended I was so angry I was red in the face. I literally screamed “NO” at the top of my lungs maybe five or six times when the credits started rolling. Such a perfect film with such a STUPID ending, which is why I gave this movie 4 out of 5 stars.
Yes, I usually have way more than one bad thing to say about a film, so I am pleasantly surprised that the ending is the only thing wrong with Baskin. However, having a problem with how a film ends it is quite a big issue to have.
I left the film feeling terribly confused, and not even in a thought provoking way. I considered googling the ending to see if there was something I could find to get this movie to 5/5 stars, but I just couldn’t. And that was very disappointing.