Okay, o my readership,
I am ABUNDANTLY excited by what I'm doing right now. Seriously.
Because THIS is the time of year--vaguely, anyway, it's not as
though it's the same time every year even though you'd think it
should be--that I get to bust out the newest copy of the After
Dark Horrorfest for you all, and over the next few weeks, we're
going to carry right on with the best and the brightest and the
least of the greatest, from number eight all the way to number
And we're kicking off
this monster block of joy with "Borderland", based on
a true story. Three Texas University students go over the border
to celebrate their imminent graduation, only to run afoul of an
ancient cult looking for human sacrifices. And the three students
definitely fit the bill.
First off, let me say
that I love the drive-in feel of the menu select screen. It's
a great angle and a downright joy to behold, easily on par with
last year's king of the menus, Gravedancers.
And of course, there
really aren't enough movies involving footage of people getting
stoned and driving bumper cars.
is packed to the gills with bloodletting and brutality, it makes
a surprisingly good cautionary tale. Granted, some will cry "cliche"
at the sight of the drunk, stoned American kids getting dragged
off to be human sacrifices for some Mexican cult, and anybody
who compares this to "Hostel" will not be merely whistling
Dixie, but still. It's somehow appropriate, though. Better than
"Hostel" by a long shot, a great movie to show the kids
before they bug out for spring break, and still a little scary
with some action on the side, "Borderland" is a lot
better than it should be.
Of course, it's a little
less than believable to find that some of the cultists are involved
in drug smuggling, and using "shields of blood" to make
their drugs invisible to border guards, but this is a minor detail
fairly easily overlooked.
The ending, an excellent
presentation of siege warfare and survival horror, is a shining
point in the whole affair.
The special features
include English and Spanish subtitles, audio options, a commentary
track, a making-of featurette, Miss Horrorfest contest webisodes
and a feature about the investigation into the various cultist
murders that brought this all about.
All in all, I'm seriously
impressed by "Borderland", a film that was, in all reality,
better than it had any right to be. A fairly solid story with
some great action and a few minor slow parts, it's definitely
one to watch.
by Zev Berman
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