Monday, February 23, 2009

Borderland



In 2006, After Dark came up with their Horror Fest concept - "8 Films to Die For"



Borderland
was the 5th film shown in the "8 Films to Die For" 2007 Horror Festival.

Genre - Horror
Year Released - 2007
Running Time - 105 minutes
Directed by Zev Berman
Written by Zev Berman and Eric Poppen
Cast Includes:
Brian Presley
Jake Muxworthy
Rider Strong (Cabin Fever and its upcoming sequel, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever)
Martha Higareda (Street Kings)
Sean Astin (Goonies, Toy Soldiers, and of course, Sam in The Lord of the Rings trilogy)


Rating: 3 Skulls


Plot Summary:
When three Texas University students travel to a Mexican border town on the eve of their graduation, the last thing they expect is to face their own deaths.
Without warning, they fall prey to an ancient blood cult hell-bent on finding candidates for human sacrifice.


The back of the DVD packaging states, "Although this is inspired by a true story, the events and characters depicted in this motion picture are fictitious." Huh?!?

Review:
A few days ago, I discovered that my neighbor is a voracious horror fan!
[living next to him for almost a year now, I am not sure how we never connected, other than the brief conversations here and there - mainly about tattoos, as he is a tattoo artist, we never realized our mutual obsession until last week] He arrived home, as I was getting my mail, and he had a lot of [tattoo] stuff to carry in, so I offered my help - as I entered his abode, I was treated to shelves and shelves of movies [easily 1,000+] I of course noticed the horror titles and to cut a long story short, I spent about an hour over there, discussing horror movies. He kept offering me movies to watch, which I've either already seen or already own myself. That is until I noticed the "8 Films to Die For" section - I mentioned that I had never seen any of those, and he suggested that I start off with this one. . .

As I mentioned above, the film is loosely based on a true story about a leader of a cult who practiced human sacrifice - it sort of has a Hostel /Turistas vibe to it.

In the beginning, the film opened strong, with two police officers entering an abandoned home looking for evidence of a cartel. What they find are tarot cards strewn about, blood, and a human jaw bone [amongst other things] While searching the house, the detectives separate. One is then ambushed and the other is forced to watch his partner be tortured and ultimately killed. [he is left alive to tell the police force to stay away]

Jump to a year later, where 3 friends [in Galveston, TX] decide to cross the border into Mexico looking to have a good time. When one of them goes missing, the other two began a search for their friend, which brings them across the path of the aforementioned blood cult. . .

After such a strong opening, the film seemed to take a while to get back up to speed, but once it did, it was worth the wait. [pretty much from the rooftop scene on, the film is worthwhile]
Another thing to note was Sean Astin's performance ~ he played a great bad guy!

Here is the trailer for the film:


While this film was watchable, it certainly wasn't "to die for" I guess that I was just expecting greater things from these series of films.

Anyone else out there have any other suggestions from these series of films?
[my neighbor has them all]

Jason

6 comments:

wiec? said...

this is on my Netfliks list (mainly because i liked the poster with the ram). but i keep getting cold feet about it. i guess i'll get it next time.

when you say Sean Astin is that Goonies Sean Astin? or am i thinking of someone else?

thebonebreaker said...

Evil,

Like I said, it is watchable - worth at least a rent, in my book.
[a strong beginning & end, with a somewhat weak middle]

Yep - Sean Astin from Goonies! :-)

J

Shelby Jones said...

That ram's head is super creepy - It Reminds me of the cow-skull-masked figure in the red robe in the latest version of The Omen

thebonebreaker said...

Shelby,

To be totally honest, my mind has completely blocked out everything about The Omen Re-Make. . . Ugh! :-)

the jaded viewer said...

I totally dug this film as well. It's the best of the After Dark Horrorfest Movies of 2007.

I watched a few from the 2007 pack.

Mulberry Street was pretty entertaining.

Crazy Eights was really really horrible.

Tooth and Nail> is not worth the time or effort.

thebonebreaker said...

JV,

That seemed to be my neighbor's thought as well. . .

Thanks for the info on the others - I will have to check out Mulberry Street and bypass Crazy Eights and Tooth & Nail, for now.

J