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One of the newest trends that we've seen in
the horror genre is the "torture" film. Now some of them are full out
films in this regard with little story and just horrible acts of
violence being committed to people. Other ones are full stories with
the torture stuff just thrown in, which is the category where you'd
most likely find "Borderland". It's not a full on "torture" film by
any stretch of the means, but it's very similar to movies like "Hostel"
even though there are enough differences here its no secret that these
movies are being made to capitalize on movies like "Saw" and "Hostel"
although that trend is all but dead in the water. "Borderland" has
gotten a fair amount of criticism from people during it's initial run
during the After Dark Horrorfest's 8 Films to Die for and I'm sure
it'll see a lot more with it's arrival on DVD.
"Borderland" is about three friends Ed (Brian Presley), Henry (Jake
Muxworthy), and Phil (Rider Strong from TV's "Boy Meets World" and Eli
Roth's "Cabin Fever") who decide that before they go back to college
that they will head for the border of Mexico for some fun. Only
problem is that when they get there they find themselves getting mixed
up with some strange individuals. One thing leads to another and the
three friends find themselves face to face with a cult of people that
have no problems with human sacrifice rituals. Will they be able to
save each other from this cult or will they manage to escape or will
they find out what's really being "Borderland"?
First off, when I was watching this one there were moments where I
literally felt like I was watching a second rate version of "Hostel"
and that's not a good thing. Considering I'm not a big fan of "Hostel"
then I'm sure you can understand where I'm coming from. Then again
even if you are a fan of "Hostel" I don't think that a second rate
version of it would do anything for you in the first place, but I could
be wrong. From going to the foreign land, to saying the wrong thing to
the wrong person, all the way to doing hallucinogens (which honestly
has to be the stupidest thing a human being can do when they don't even
know where the hell they are at in the first place) these characters
are destined to be where they end up. Not like you'll give a shit
about the characters because a lot of them are go annoying that you'll
finding yourself not caring in the least. The main character of Ed is
the only one with half a brain, but it wasn't enough to make me give a
damn one way or another.
The guys at KNB Effects do the effects for us here (which shouldn't
be a surprise, they did the "Hostel" effects after all) and the movie
has some good gore stuff, when it's actually on screen. There are a
few nasty scenes in this one that surprised me, but honestly I've seen
a lot worse in a lot of other movies so the effectiveness is kind of
watered down to be perfectly honest.
Overall I would have to say that "Borderland" did have some
potential to be a decent enough horror film but there wasn't anything
in this one that we haven't seen elsewhere and done better at that.
The movie comes across as very cookie cutter and even manages to short
come itself when the movie starts to look like it's going in an
interesting direction. Personally I would avoid this one as I'm sure
if you are dead set on watching some of the 8 Films to Die For that
there would be a few better choices out there.
Rating - *1/2