The Borderlands 2014

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(85) IMDb 5.8/10
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Follows a team of Vatican investigators sent to the British West Country to investigate reports of paranormal activity at a remote church.

Starring:
Luke Neal, Gordon Kennedy
Runtime:
1 hour 32 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

The Borderlands

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director Elliot Goldner
Starring Luke Neal, Gordon Kennedy
Supporting actors Aidan McArdle
Studio Metrodome
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Richards on 20 July 2014
Format: DVD
The premise has been blanketed endless times in films such as Red Lights, Paranormal Activity and The Awakening, however here the found footage component adds an interesting spin. In this case, they’re using cameras to document every aspect of their findings. Those of you who can’t stand the erratic camera work that so often features in this genre can rest easy; most of the camera work is either dormant shots through security cameras, or mounted to the teams head aka Aliens-style. It has likable characters and comical moments and a feeling of dread but also that some kind of epiphany might befall one of the characters as it floats the idea of religion and curiosity of the unknown around.
While countless are praying forall these found-footage films to end, The Borderlands showcases that you don’t have to be as bland and obvious as some within the genre. By bonding the age-old paranormal investigation plot with new-age technology it creates a sinister and intriguing horror within a genre i personally can feel frequently let down with. It also never makes me want to go through a tunnel again either.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Me on 9 April 2014
Format: DVD
This is the business. At last a superior found footage film that really works well.The camera wobble is kept to a minimum and unlike Paranormal Inactivity and Devil's Due it doesn't leave you with a migraine. I found it funny and above all really frightening, please do yourself a favour and watch it with the lights out. If you fancy a traditional British Ghost story then this creeping tale of terror is for you.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Carter on 26 April 2014
Format: DVD
To quote another reviewer: 'It will seriously creep you out, if you have an IQ over 100.' Quite agree - I lost patience with people who insisted the Blair Witch Project wasn't scary. How could it not be a scary film? If you don't find this film scary you are either unable to grasp what it is doing, not concentrating, or simply don't like horror films in general. For reviewers to say they switched it off after 30 minutes because it was boring is just crazy.

Anyway. . . I found this to be an effectively creepy and original horror. I thought the dialogue was good, genuinely funny in places and well-delivered. Gordon Kennedy in particular is very good. Considering they obviously didn't have a big budget I think they were especially clever in the way they made this. The ending (no spoilers). . . Wow. Honestly don't know what to say about that (in a good way). Chilling. Like The Blair Witch Project the ending only disappointed because it meant there was no more film. It could have gone on much longer as far as I'm concerned.

Also, what a fascinating new way to cook lamb. . .

I hope the filmmakers stick to this genre.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 April 2014
Format: DVD
As soon as I found out that I had paid good money for yet another so-called 'thriller' using found-footage, my initial reaction was: 'oh no, not again'. However, 'The Borderlands' is in a higher class to the others I've seen.

Long-term Ben Wheatley collaborator Robin Hill is hilarious as Gray, a non believing man, hired only to deal with the recording equipment, who teams up with Deacon, Gordon Kennedy's investigator character, who is a believer, but also has a drink problem, and from there a great double act is formed. The pair are sent by the Vatican to check out a claim by a local priest of a possession taking place in an old village church, via a very fuzzy video where we see crosses and candles moving fleetingly across a table. The priest himself is a rather strange man, whose actions seem to defy logic.

The team originally doubt the so called paranormal activity, until events start to take a darker turn, and it seems that something rather sinister has been awakened. Despite a very witty script, there are some genuinely eerie moments, but nothing in it is what I would personally consider to be particularly heart pounding scary, despite several reviews.

For such a small budget, I think that 'The Borderlands' is something quite good, and has a good balance of comedy and thrills. I liked it, I laughed a lot, and would happily watch it again.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 23 April 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Another found footage movie gets released, and seeing as this was released on DVD literally a week after its cinema release, with the cover bearing quotes like 'best British horror released in a long time', alarm bells did begin to ring.

But Mark Kermode, one of the most prolific British film critics recommended it, and if you know his work, you will know that this would make the film seem very intriguing.

It starts off like any other found footage film. Cameras are set up, and we have the believer, and the non believer, who work together as there has been a disturbance at a village church.

Gray is there to set up all the audio and cameras (after all, it's the main focus point of the narrative), and Deacon is the man who does this for a living, much like Karras in The Exorcist, but this is played by Gordon Kennedy, who you may remember from the little seen sitcom Absolutely in the early nineties.

The film then follows the rules of the found footage film down to a tee. It's all pretty familiar to begin with, we have the two bonding and drinking etc. and then it fades to the church, where sinister things are afoot at night.

As always, there is a scene where you, the viewer says ''I'd leave by that point', and then the locals start to be funny with them.

All sounds a little samey doesn't it?

But then it just goes down the straight horror route, and believe me, the final ten minutes are almost unbearable to watch, not because its scary, the film isn't necessarily scary at all, it's just very tense, and the word despair comes into mind.

The two leads are wonderful, one annoying, and the other calm, to begin with. And then the tables turn, Deacon begins to doubt, and Gray the opposite.
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