TIFF 2015: Baskin

A group of cops stumble into a black mass in an abandoned building in the Turkish horror film Baskin. A group of police officers respond to an emergency call and travel to an old building to investigate. Inside, the officers stumble across a demonic cult, who have some horrific plans in store for the officers.

Baskin is the feature film debut of Turkish director Can Evrenol and is an expansion of the 2013 short film of the same name. In a nutshell, the plot of the film involves this group of police officers literally descending into hell, as they come across this black mass and are subjected to some gruesome torture. The main focus of the film is the young cop Arda (Gorkem Kasal), who is tormented with memories from an experience from his childhood and maintains a close relationship with his boss Remzi (Ergun Kuyucu).

Baskin is a horror film with a relatively slow pace to it. While there are hints of the horrors to come, such as hooded figures carrying bloody meat in buckets or hundreds of frogs, it is not really until the final act of the film, where the terror goes full throttle. Feeling like a mix between Hellraiser, Silent Hill, and [Rec], the film quickly descends into weird and grotesque insanity. Some of the violent imagery is sure to disturb some viewers and the film truly is a descent into hell. Altogether, while Baskin is far from a perfect film, it should still satisfy those looking for some hellish insanity.

 ★ ★ ★ 1/2 | FAIR  


  • Sunday, September 13, 4:00 PM – Scotiabank Theatre 13
  • Thursday, September 17, 6:00 PM – Scotiabank Theatre 4

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).