Critics Consensus

Perhaps slapdash with its aspirations toward message-making, this ultra-gory horror flick nonetheless delivers the bloody goods.



Total Count: 22


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The banlieues of Paris are burning, and as a young girl from the slums attempts to elude police by hiding out at a sprawling inn near the Luxembourg border she becomes locked in a vicious battle for survival against a group of Neo-Nazi fanatics intent on using her to start a new Aryan brotherhood. As the votes cast in the latest election are tallied, it quickly becomes apparent that an extreme right-wing party has been elected into power by a wide margin. In the aftermath of the announcement, the streets fill with protestors and riots erupt all throughout the country. Yasmina is a poor girl who has never known a life outside of the ghetto, and she sees the riots as an opportunity to stage a series of smash-and-grab robberies that could provide her with the money needed to improve her lot in life. After rounding up a few pals and robbing a few businesses under the cover of the chaos, Yasmina and her friends are pursued by the police and forced to split up. Before they part ways, however, they all agree to regroup at an inn just outside of Luxembourg. The proprietors of the inn are the Von Geisler clan. Led by a tyrannical, jackbooted patriarch, the Von Geisler's are a curious lot who at first appear to be stuck in the past. But the Von Geisler's aren't just eccentric, they are devoted Neo-Nazis with a twisted fantasy of starting a new master race -- and they have chosen Yasmina as their Aryan Eve. Now, in order for Yasmina to escape a grim fate as a fascistic breeding machine, she and her friends must fight for their lives against the brutish Von Geisler boys and their savage sisters in a vicious battle that will transform this once peaceful inn into a blood soaked abattoir.

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Critic Reviews for Frontier(s)

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (10)

  • The real surprise of Frontier(s) is that this creepy, bloody contemporary gross-out also has some ideas, visual and otherwise, wedged among its sanguineous drips.

    May 9, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • A relentlessly ugly and derivative reworking of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

    May 8, 2008 | Rating: C

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • It's as relentless as it is hateful, hammily directed and derivative of the dreariest slop in contemporary American horror cinema.

    May 8, 2008
  • Can a movie be an adrenalin-fueled, blood-gushing thrill ride and still be as boring as dirt? Apparently.

    Sep 19, 2007

    John Anderson

    Top Critic
  • Frontier(s) wields such power by illustrating how the boundaries of the body are horrifically violated by politics and ideology.

    Apr 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not just the characters that lack humour; the film itself seems to forget the parts of it which are entertaining.

    Oct 19, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Frontier(s)

  • Aug 05, 2018
    I find it hilariously pathetic that Xavier Gens wants to convince us that this is a "serious" movie that aims at some sort of political message, when in fact it is all a lame excuse for the kind of brainless, derivative gore that we have seen before in thousands of similar films.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2013
    OOOOh lots of gore here...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2012
    It's rare to find a political horror film these days, especially finding a good one. Frontier(s) delivered a stunning message. It's like Skins gone wrong in France with Texas Chainsaw Hostel. Non of the characters were likeable because they were all scums to the society (No, you may be pregnant but the child is a bastard, so still no sympathy) The film makes wonder about this generation of French teenagers (Like how the Dreamers made me wonder about the teenagers in France in the 60s) The teenagers looked more like neo-nazis themselves... The characters only knew about cry and whine, couldn't defend their expandable lives. Overall, justice served them well for what they deserved. The storyline is so slow paced, not evern kidding, one of the bad guys cried for mum... The insanity of the family was not explicitly expressed, only that most of them are real angry grunts. They really don't scare you, they are just, so angry. Off course I understand where the anger comes from, but still, it's not realistic enough. It's not a disturbing film because of the excessive amount of gore, but the portrayal of what's left of humanity makes me sick. And I can't stand all the ugly as actors, but hey, no shame no gain. It's fun to watch, maybe just for once or twice. Ignore the poor acting, focus on the blood and political message, you'll have an enjoyable afternoon/night watching scums die.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2012
    What the fuck is this shit. It tries so hard to imitate Texas Chainsaw Massacre but failed miserably. The story was stupid and the acting was terribad. And the Nazi stuff is pretty goddamn retarded.
    Cita W Super Reviewer

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