The Borderlands (2014)
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This low-budget found-footage horror debut from British director Elliot Goldner has plenty of chilling atmosphere but lacks bite.
There's nothing wildly original here, and the gotcha scares get repetitive. But the script is witty, the cast are simply terrific ... a spiky, intelligent little throat-grabber.
takes the viewer to a deep dark place of nightmares, where reason will be devoured by the primordial shadows.
Much of this may sound familiar, but The Borderlands' crafty virtue is that it understands that hand-held camerawork and boo scares aren't an excuse to neglect plot, dialogue or characters.
Much of the build-up may retread familiar The Last Exorcism territory, but the claustrophobic final act is properly alarming scary fare.
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A genuinely creepy, subtly intelligent horror film that truly impressed me. It's been a while since a low budget horror movie has made this type of impression on me. The ending is confusing at first but once you either put it together yourself or look up it up somewhere, it will make sense and will leave a lingering sting. Another great little addition to this horror gem is the hilarious dialogue/one liners and seemingly real chemistry between the two leads throughout the movie. The Borderlands does so many things right and I'm fully impressed. Other true horror fans will be too. If you love horror, this should be your next watch
An eerily unsettling "found-footage" horror film that takes its time building up tension and fleshing out characters to root for before delivering one of the most memorable and disturbing final moments I've ever seen. The story centers around a group of paranormal investigators employed by the Vatican to debunk oddities, who are summoned to a remote church to authenticate whether the bumps in the night are a "miracle" or a local hoax. Straight out the gate we are given two wonderful characters who provide us with great depth and hilarious banter back and forth, with the character, Gray, stealing the show. Once they begin investigating the church (usually at night) the film does fall into familiar territory with recent horror films, but the director manages to insert subtle, blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments (like a particular gravestone scene that was BRILLIANT) that reward the viewer for paying attention. The characters use head-mounted cameras to document what is happening and while they fix the shaky-cam problem with these types of films, they also never go back and review some of their footage, especially from cameras set up in the church that would prove that something is amiss. Upon reaching the climax I was hooked into what was going on and the final moments will absolutely chill you to the bone if you can use your imagination to buy what goes down. Did it scare me? Not exactly. Is it memorable? YES.
The Borderlands, or Final Prayer, is a really good horror movie that is surprisingly not about the scares this time. The found footage is done really well and is shot well too with the low and high quality of it. The characters are good, and the acting is really good. The chemistry between the main leads is great and the conversation they talk about are really interesting. The script is really good, and it has some scares that are a bit effective. The plot is nothing special, and it's a slow film that'll get some viewers bored. The second act gets crazy in an exciting way, and the ending is a bit terrifying to say at least. The Borderlands is a bit of a scary movie that it's refreshing to see a found-footage film done right.
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