The Borderlands

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A priest in a rural English town has made claims of supernatural phenomena in his church and the Vatican has sent a team to investigate. Due to inconsistencies and botched timelines in such investigations in the past, the investigators must document their every waking moment and that is the footage that we see. They first feel they can debunk the whole thing, but slowly they move towards the belly of the beast.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. When it ended, I had that rare feeling of really having experienced something and I found myself ruminating over the movie. In fact I went back and watched it two more times in the following days. It’s a slow burner, so anyone who wants a movie with lots of action and jumps should avoid this, but that does not mean it is not creepy. I feel the way the story builds helps in unsettling the viewer. The characters are all so wonderfully unique with their own agendas, beliefs and conflicts. As a Brit, I appreciated the reality of the players in this tale and even the humour worked effortlessly with the grim story that unfolded.

My sister is also a huge fan of this genre, and on my recommendation she watched The Borderlands but she did not enjoy this movie at all. I feel that is because she did not watch it in one viewing (she’s a new mother so her baby boy provided frequent distractions) and her idea of found footage is much more along the lines of the original Paranormal Activity. After she did finish watching it, I got a single message from her: “What the hell was that ending?” Ah yes, the ending. Well, I won’t spoil it and tell you what it is, but I can assure you it will be unexpected as no other found footage movie ends in such a way. I very rarely take note of reviews, both by professionals and the general public, but it was nice to see that this did get approval from some noted horror critics. Do not be put off by negative reviews that express their dislike of the genre more than the movie itself. This is a brilliant British addition to the found footage genre and really is so well done.

 

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