3. The Cut-Open Stomach in Inside (2007)
Makeup Effects Supervisor: Jacques Olivier-Molon
It’s a moment so gruesome, so get-the-fuck-out-of-here, that there’s not a single still image available online. Our guess: No one wanted to stomach the scene again to freeze-frame a snapshot. We can’t blame them—proving that writers/directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo are fearless and crazy bastards, the deservedly cult-beloved French knockout Inside’s climax is the culmination of 70 minutes’ worth of “They’re not going to go there” speculation. And boy do they go there.
The film’s premise is rather straightforward: An enigmatic and psychotic woman, dressed in all black, breaks into a grieving pregnant lady’s home on Christmas Eve night to steal the unborn baby from her stomach. And she’s armed with scissors for the majority of the movie’s running time. And she hacks her way through the homeowner’s mother, boss, three police officers, and one arrestee. But then, she’s just left with poor Sarah (Alysson Paradis), though she’s not going to actually cut Sarah’s belly open, right?
Viewers’ jaws, already smacking the floor from Inside’s previous oh-shit moments of gore, uncontrollably slink even lower once the intruder starts a-snipping; cutting Sarah’s stomach open like a pumpkin, the psycho chick pulls the fetus out of the now-dead Sarah, and Maury and Bustillo show the whole thing, steady cam and all. Just one of the many reasons why Inside is arguably the best horror movie of the last 10 years.