Inbred (film)

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Inbred FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Alex Chandon
Produced by Margaret Milner Schmueck
Yazid Benfeghoul
Michael Kraetzer
Written by Alex Chandon
Paul Shrimpton
Starring Jo Hartley
Seamus O'Neill
James Doherty
James Burrows
Neil Leiper
Dominic Brunt
Music by Dave Andrews
Cinematography Ollie Downey
Edited by Oliver Griffin
New Flesh Films
Split Second Films
Release dates
  • 29 August 2011 (2011-08-29) (Film4 FrightFest)
  • 8 October 2012 (2012-10-08) (United Kingdom)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Inbred is a 2011 British horror film directed by Alex Chandon and co-written with Paul Shrimpton and produced by Margaret Milner Schmueck.


Four young offenders and their care workers spend a weekend in the remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake, which prides on keeping itself to itself. A minor incident with locals rapidly escalates into a blood-soaked, deliriously warped nightmare. All four of the young offenders and two of the careworkers are killed in very gruesome ways throughout the movie.


  • Jo Hartley as Kate
  • Seamus O'Neill as Jim
  • James Doherty as Jeff
  • James Burrows as Tim
  • Neil Leiper as Gris
  • Chris Waller as Dwight
  • Nadine Rose Mulkerrin as Sam
  • Terry Haywood as Zeb
  • Damien Lloyd-Davies as Rats
  • Derek Melling as Greg
  • Mark Rathbone as Ron
  • Dominic Brunt as Podge
  • Emily Booth as June
  • Simon Coomes as Toby


Inbred was mainly shot in, and around Thirsk in North Yorkshire because co-writer Paul Shrimpton lives there.[1] Locals did object to the film, leading to local councilor and mayor Derek Adamson to say, "We don't want that sort of publicity. ... It’s quite probable that people will think the characters in the film are like real Thirsk people and that is not a good impression." He also expressed concerns based on Chandon's earlier movies: "If it’s anything like his previous work then I don't think he will be really welcome here".[2] However, Chandon says Adamson's opinions changed later on: "Once he learned it was a comedy he got on board, but his little quote got us so much publicity worldwide. He was integral to the whole Inbred machine."[1]

The bulk of the special effects were done physically with some CGI for things that were difficult to replicate.[1]

The company in charge of the production arrangements was Split Second Films.


The film did the rounds of festivals, premièring at FrightFest in August 2011,[3] before going on general release around Britain in September 2012.[4]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK in October 2012.[4] XLrator Media released it on video-on-demand 22 August 2013 and on DVD 24 September 2013.[5]


The Bay Horse in Rainton, used as The Dirty Hole

The reviews from professional critics has been largely negative. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 13% of eight surveyed critics gave the film a positive review.[6]

The Daily Telegraph's review was: "Patience-sappingly foul British horror film in which a brood of ravening yokels torment inner-city teens on a weekend retreat."[7] Mike McCahill reviewed the film for The Guardian and said that "both the comedy and horror rake over old ground. The warped variety show the kids stumble into ... owes too much to Python, The League of Gentlemen and Channel 4's late-night gem Focus North".[8] Total Film concluded "All-out gore is the USP, but it’s served with such pernicious cynicism (is casting people with genuine disabilities as freaks OK?) and terrible dialogue ... only the persistent will stick around to count all The League Of Gentlemen steals."[9] The Radio Times flagged up "weaknesses in pacing, plot and characterisation" but, thanks to the enthusiastic acting and gory special effects, "[t]hese crowd-pleasing elements distract from a multitude of sins".[10]

However, other reviewers enjoyed the film. Ain't It Cool News picked it as one of their favourite horror films of the year with the recommendation that "[n]o self respecting gorehound should miss INBRED."[11] Diabolique magazine wrote that Inbred "offers viewers a genuinely weird and creepy story about redemption that benefits greatly from exceptional casting, spooky locations, and gruesome special makeup effects".[12] Twitch Film concluded, "Awfully mean-spirited and often sickeningly gory, I would normally never recommend the likes of "Inbred". But the technical virtues of filmmaking on display here, coupled with a roster of well-played incredible characters, go far in redeeming the film. So if you have the stomach for it I do urge you to check this out."[13] Sky Movies recommended it saying "there's a joyous celebration of the depraved" and "unlike a lot of low-budget horror schlock, there's a decent cast delivering wry-if-cartoonish dialogue."[14] Dread Central warned that a potential viewer should not "go into Inbred looking for a genuinely horrific, or even particularly thrilling or tense, piece of work – you won't find that here. What you will find, though, is an amusing (if you’re an appreciator of dark/broad humour), deliciously gory, occasionally shocking and decidedly vicious little film."[15] Paul Mount of Starburst declared that "Inbred may well be the grossest, sickest horror movie this reviewer has ever laid eyes on" and drew parallels with "The League of Gentlemen dialed up to eleven and mix in a bit of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Straw Dogs and maybe The Hills Have Eyes", concluding "this is pitch-black stuff and its humour is as dark as night - and as such it does what it sets out to do and is a triumph of its type."[16] Despite the possibly disrespectful take on its home county, The Yorkshire Post said the film "combines gruesome shocks with genuine humour", suggests it is "[f]rom the same genre as Simon Sprackling's deliriously demented Funny Man" and ends up by stating that Inbred "has to be seen to be believed ... it proves that classic British horror is alive and twitching."[17]


  1. ^ a b c Reed, Becky (20 September 2012). "Interview: Inbred Director Alex Chandon". This Is Fake DIY. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Locals object to plans to make horror movie in Thirsk". Darlington and Stockton Times. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Marsh, James (16 September 2012). "FrightFest 2012: The Whole Bloody Affair - Part Two". Twitch Film. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Jones, Gareth (19 September 2012). "Mortlake Residents Take an Inbred Shot at the UK Music Charts". Dread Central. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Barton, Steve (6 August 2013). "Make a Date with the Inbred". Dread Central. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Inbred". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Collin, Robbie (20 September 2012). "Films in brief". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 November 2012.  1/5 stars
  8. ^ McCahill, Mike (20 September 2012). "Inbred - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 November 2012.  2/5 stars
  9. ^ "Inbred review". Total Film. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012.  1/5 stars
  10. ^ Freer, Sloan. "Inbred". Radio Times. Retrieved 18 November 2012.  3/5 stars
  11. ^ Miller, Mark L. (17 October 2011). "AICN HORROR: Ambush Bug picks his Top 13 horror films covered on AICN HORROR since last Halloween!!!". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Hallock, Chris (16 August 2012). "Review: Alex Chandon' Inbred". Diabolique. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Vijn, Ard (1 May 2012). "IMAGINE 2012: INBRED review". Twitch Film. Retrieved 18 November 2012.  3.5/5 stars
  14. ^ Evans, Tim (19 September 2012). "Inbred - Sky Movies HD". Sky Movies. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  15. ^ Jones, Gareth (12 September 2011). "Inbred (2011)". Dread Central. Retrieved 18 November 2012.  3/5 stars
  16. ^ Mount, Paul (11 September 2012). "DVD Review: Inbred". Starburst. Retrieved 18 November 2012.  3/5 stars
  17. ^ Earnshaw, Tony (21 September 2012). "Review: Inbred (18)". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 

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