The Borderlands

The Borderlands

Elliot Goldner (2013)

88min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This is very much a standard "found footage" horror in many respects, with its subjective camera set-up, eerie setting, unexpected jolts and slam-bang pay-off. But writer/director Elliot Goldner's well-crafted feature debut wins extra points for having at its core the appealing double act of Gordon Kennedy and Robin Hill (Down Terrace). Kennedy plays a Vatican-sanctioned paranormal investigator who is sent to an isolated church in the West Country to gather evidence of an insidious presence; Hill is the tech-head who facilitates the camera traps and headcams to capture the supposed "miracle" phenomenon. It's the pair's easy-going chemistry that firmly anchors this slow-burning shocker, whose rural setting deliberately evokes The Wicker Man (a movie referenced within the narrative). Consistently witty even as things take a turn for the unnerving, this is a keen exercise in finely judged economy of style, with no stinting on disturbing atmosphere.

Summary

Two paranormal investigators working for the Vatican are sent to a remote church in the West Country to investigate reports of supernatural activity. They set up a network of cameras in the building, but what they record proves far more terrifying than anyone expected. Found-footage horror, starring Gordon Kennedy and Aidan McArdle.

Cast & Crew

Deacon Gordon Kennedy
Mark Aidan McArdle
Gray Robin Hill
Father Crellick Luke Neal
Father Calvino Patrick Godfrey
Mrs Proudley Sarah Annis
Mr Proudley Marcus Cunningham
Director Elliot Goldner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 28 Mar 2014
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