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TIFF Report: Baskin

Who’s in it: A bunch of talented Turkish actors you probably haven’t heard of, namely Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu, Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Sabahattin Yakut, Mehmet Fatih Dokgoz, and Muharrem Bayrak

Who’s behind it: Written and directed by Can Evrenol, co-written by Ercin Sadikoglu, Cem Ozuduru, Ogulcan Eren Akay

Who’ll love it: Horror fans who like to see their characters suffer through extreme, irrational imagery.

What it’s about: While hanging out at the station one night, a group of Turkish cops get a call for emergency backup. When they arrive at the mysterious building where they have been summoned, they discover an abandoned cop car, but their fellow officers are nowhere to be found. Their inspection of the building eventually leads them to the basement, and they soon find themselves trapped in the middle of a terrifying—and extremely unfriendly—ritual.

Why you should see it: If there’s one thing American horror films have forgotten in recent years, it’s the power of the irrational. A threat you can understand and defeat is far less terrifying than one that refuses to be classified or controlled. Baskin derives its unique appeal from this fact, delivering imagery out of your most apocalyptic nightmares. Even horror buffs with little knowledge of Turkish cinema will be quick to appreciate director Can Evrenol’s efforts, as he taps into many traditions of the genre. In particular, he draws heavily on the sensibilities of Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci’s most unsettling films, even while drawing credible, clearly motivated characters who could hold their own in a more dramatic context. If you’re a horror fan looking for something a little more disorienting and unsettling than usual, Baskin is well worth seeking out.

When you can see it: Thursday, September 17 at 6pm (Scotiabank). The film has also been picked up for distribution in North America, but the release date is TBD.

Watch the trailer here, and check out the poster below:

baskin poster