Based off of the short film bearing the same title, the Turkish film Baskin (which translates to "police raid") focuses on what becomes the most surreal night for a group of police officers. After acting more like a biker gang than cops at a late night restaurant, they receive a call for back-up at a location not far from them. Along the way a series of strange occurrences happen, such as seeing a naked man run past and something unseen hitting their van and leaving symbols scratched in it. Then their van hits a bloody man in the road and veers into a deep creek.
This is where we have the first of many dream realm scenes between the rookie and the "boss" of the officers. We also find that they both see a cloaked man just beyond the door of the room these scenes exist in. The rookie is pulled from the water and we briefly meet a group of Romani that give them directions to the site they were called to. This is the point where things began to descend into madness and I became hyper focused on Baskin.
They arrive at a large building to find a single cop inside hitting his head off of a wall. After he points to a door our cops decide to split up. Then they enter Hell. Literally. As soon as I finished this film I begin extensively looking things up on it. They don't enter a Dante's Inferno hell, or a fire and brimstone hell, but rather a cultish human-extremes version of hell. It's an overly sexualized, bloody, grotesque, absolutely insane portrayal of hell. To top it all off, their leader was this guy:
That is not make-up, he has a rare condition. All they did was slowly add tattoos to his body as time passed. This is also the only film he has ever been in and he was fucking amazing! His voice and delivery and his actions kept me rapt on the entire ending of this film. You are the fuckin' man, Mr. Cerrahoglu!
Watch this movie. Trust me, it'll be slow to start but when it gets going it really gets going. I didn't even go into the full details of the insanity because you need to experience it. When my fiancé and I woke up this morning I instantly started rattling on about the craziness of this film. Most people just wake up with a kiss and then shower, I gush about satanic cults.
I give Baskin 4 hellmouths out of 5:
photo of Mehmet Cerrahoglu from twitter.com/ellifdagg