Baskin is a bat-shit crazy horror Turkish film from the mind of Can Evrenol. We were lucky enough to screen it at Panic Fest 2016. It left our audience with mixed reactions of admiration, confusion and some that didn’t care for it in the least. But one thing the film does is elicit a reaction. It’s a slow burn that leads up to the culmination of insanity. You can catch it in select cities and on VOD soon.
NY @ The IFC Center on March 25th
LA @ Arena Cinema on April 1st
A five-man unit of cops on night patrol get more than they bargain for when they arrive at a creepy backwater town in the middle of nowhere after a call comes over the radio for backup. Entering a derelict building, the seasoned tough guys and their rookie junior, who’s still haunted by a traumatic childhood dream, do the one thing you should never do in this kind of movie: they split up. They soon realize they’ve stumbled into a monstrous charnel house and descend into an ever-more nightmarish netherworld where grotesque, mind-wrenching horrors await them at every turn. This is one baskin (that’s “police raid” to you non-Turkish speakers) that isn’t going to end well. But wait! Things aren’t what they seem in this truly disturbing, outrageously gory, and increasingly surreal film whose unpredictable narrative slippages pull the carpet from under your feet and keep you guessing right up to the final moment. A wildly original whatsit that reconfirms Turkey as the breakout national cinema of the moment.