I’m not sure what I actually expected from the Turkish horror movie Baskin but it isn’t what I ended up getting

Baskin posterThere’s an amazing scene at the very beginning of Baskin where the police officers are having dinner and telling stories. One of the officers has a very interesting story, which is so refreshing and funny – even though you see the plot twists coming a mile away, the delivery is spot on!

This scene, however, is somewhat symptomatic of the movie as a whole: Some really great scenes, which might not deliver anything new for those of us who have seen a lot of horror movies, but they’re very well executed and you can’t help but be amazed that this movie came out of Turkey.

I mean, I love Turkey and know a lot of Turks, but the country is also going through a rough period with increasingly conservative and religious beliefs being prioritized over democracy and human rights.

But back to Baskin, which is essentially a lot of brilliant scenes, where we jump around a lot in time (and reality versus dreams and other dimensions), so you truly feel like you’re in some sort of Twilight Zone – or purgatory is probably more like it.

If you want blood, gore, sex and violence in a crazy story – and you’re up for reading subtitles because, honestly, dubbed versions truly suck – then Baskin is the kind of foreign horror movie you don’t want to miss out on. One word to describe it? Crazy! A few more? An insane demon dimension horror movie with a touch of comedy and mystery… which is completely batshit crazy!

It almost seems like director Can Evrenol has taken a bunch of awesome characters and scenes and just mashed them up and created a feature film. is that good? Well, it’s not a complete success, but it is insanely entertaining and plays with your senses.


Director: Can Evrenol
Writer: Ogulcan Eren Akay, Can Evrenol, Cem Ozuduru and Ercin Sadikoglu
Cast: Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu, Muharrem Bayrak, Fatih Dokgöz, Sabahattin Yakut


A squad of unsuspecting cops goes through a trapdoor to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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