Turk­ish, but no de­light

SFX - - Reviews - Sarah Dobbs

re­leased 24 June 2016 | 18 | vod only Di­rec­tor Can evrenol Cast Gorkem Kasal, er­gun Kuyucu, Murhar­rem Bayrak

“Not ev­ery­thing has an an­swer,” po­lice chief Remzi (Er­gun Kuyucu) sagely ad­vises new re­cruit Arda (Gorkem Kasal), about an hour into this Turk­ish hor­ror. And that’s about as much of an ex­pla­na­tion of its plot as Baskin is will­ing to of­fer. What be­gins as a story about ag­gres­sive cops bul­ly­ing the lo­cals in a back­woods com­mu­nity turns into some­thing far creepier as the unit ap­par­ently de­scends into hell. Not a metaphor­i­cal hell, ei­ther – ac­tual hell, com­plete with de­mons, rit­u­als and S&M tor­ture or­gies.

But is any of it real? Con­tra­dic­tions and am­bi­gu­i­ties abound, right from the open­ing scene, where a younger Arda eaves­drops on his par­ents hav­ing sex only to be con­fronted by a mon­ster. It’s all a dream, ex­cept maybe it isn’t; ei­ther way, it sets the tone for the flood of freaky jux­ta­po­si­tions of sex and hor­ror that fol­lows.

Vis­ually, it’s great: the gore is stom­ach-churn­ing, while the trippy Mario Bava-es­que light­ing tinges even the tamer mo­ments with dread. Sadly, Baskin’s wil­ful in­co­her­ence is its un­do­ing. Night­mar­ish in the truest sense, it might seem wet-your-pants scary in the mo­ment, but its ter­rors quickly evap­o­rate in the cold light of day.

Baskin is based on a 2013 short of the same name. Watch it here:

Mandy’s Mon­day moods never changed.

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