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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines or How I Flew From London to Paris in 25 Hours and 11 Minutes - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Home on the Range -duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Rio - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Evil Dead - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Army of Darkness - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
An American Werewolf In London - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Dog Soldiers - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Haunting (1963) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
THEM! - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Frankenweenie (2012) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Theatre of Blood - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
A Clockwork Orange - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Vuk The Little Fox - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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The Room - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Felidae - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
9 - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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The Flight Before Christmas -duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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The Secret of NIMH - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pippi Longstocking (1997) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Top Cat (2011) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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The Wild - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Quest For Camelot - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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FernGully - The Last Rainforest - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Where The Wild Things Are - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pan's Labyrinth - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Twilight - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Corpse Bride - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Tron - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Cool World - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Titan A.E. - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Cat In The Hat - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
The Reef - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Pokemon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon 2000: The Power of One - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon 3: Entei - Spell of the Unown - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon 4Ever: Celebi - Voice of the Forest - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon Heroes - Latios and Latias - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Pokémon - Destiny Deoxys - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Pokémon Lucario and The Mystery of Mew - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon - The Rise of Darkrai - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Brave - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Valiant - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Rise of the Guardians - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga'Hoole (BAD FILM) REVISITED - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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The Dark Crystal - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Little Shop of Horrors (1986) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Killer Klowns From Outer Space - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Stan Helsing - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Oz The Great and Powerful - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Brother Bear - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Atlantis The Lost Empire - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Bio-Dome - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
The Artist - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Alpha and Omega - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Return of Jafar - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Aladdin and the King of Thieves - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Belle's Magical World - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Pocahontas 2: Journey To a New World - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lion King 2: Simba's Pride - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lion King 1 1/2 Hakuna Mattata - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Emperor's New Groove 2: Kronk's New Groove - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2 - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Duckyworth's Thoughts: The Borderlands ~ 2013

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 19, 2014, 8:49 AM
  • Mood: Tense
  • Reading: The Art of The Boxtrolls
  • Watching: Monster House
  • Eating: Cherry Bakewell
  • Drinking: Cider


As I was a-walkin' down by the Royal Arsenal,
Early the morning though 'warm was the day,
When who should I see but one of my comrades,
All wrapped up in flannel, and cold as the clay.

-Then beat the drum slowly and play your fife slowly,
And sound the dead march as you carry me along;
And fire your bundooks right over my coffin,
For I'm a young trooper cut down in my prime……..

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJS3RU…
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….. Yep, it’s time for another Horrendously Horrific Hallowe’en of Horrendous Horror: The Third Nightmare review…. :evillaugh: Judging by what comments have been left on my poll related to this film, it seems like none of the people that watch my reviews have even HEARD of this film…. Well, hopefully, this review will enlighten you as to what this film is about… Also, many people have been criticising this film for having the same name of a game series. Er…. WOW. :hmm: No offence, but I have to say ‘So what?’ A LOT of films have similar titles – and hell, a lot of films just HAPPEN to have similar titles to game series – hell, HOW MANY times has the term ‘The Legend of’ or ‘The Rise of’ been used in film titles? Seriously. :hmm:


But anyway, I’m stalling here, so let’s get into the film in question – the lesser known British found footage horror film – The Borderlands…. :iconprussiaplz: (Yeah, just on a side note, I don’t know the Borderlands games, and to be truthfully blunt, I don’t really care much either… So can we please stop dwelling on the COINCIDENCE – AND NOTHING MORE – that this film and that game series shares a title? I mean, there’s an actual film called BORDERLAND, for crying out loud. It HAPPENS, people. :shrug: )

This is an unknown 2013 found footage horror film, in the same style of films like The Blair Witch Project and Troll Hunter… Yeah, another complaint I’ve noticed about this film is that it’s apparently a ‘rip off’ of The Blair Witch Project…. Er, once again, I have to make a complaint about… that complaint. Just because a film uses a found footage theme and uses similar methods of scaring people DOES NOT MAKE IT A RIPOFF. :hmm: This is just a pet peeve of mine, but it does annoy me when people say that just because a film is in the same genre of film, that apparently makes it a ripoff… :hmm: But before I begin – a little talk about found footage. Found footage certainly has become a prominent sub-genre within horror. It tends to suffer the classic pitfalls of the horror genre; bad acting, poor writing and a failure to execute the necessary realism required in passing the camera work over to the protagonists. ^^;

The Borderlands, in my opinion, is an exception. The acting is good, the writing shows depth and a little research and the direction is helmed by an individual who understands what comprises a great shot.

Anyway, this film follows a group of paranormal investigators from the Vatican sent to the British West Country to investigate reports of paranormal activity at a remote church. Pretty much a basic good premise for a horror film. Let me tell you, in England we do have a LOT of creepy old remote churches, so an idea of a horror film set there is quite a good idea. The film itself is, I will admit, a bit of a standard thing, but then – I was suddenly given NIGHTMARES by one of the FREAKIEST ENDINGS I’ve EVER seen in ANY film – not just HORROR. :fear:


I mean it, even considering the stuff I’ve sat through, I made it through a LOT of the horror films and games I’ve come cross without being overly scared…. Bram Stoker’s Dracula? No troubles. Hellraiser? No problem. The Exorcist? That’s easy. Dead Space? Not a problem. The only exceptions so far as to horror films and games that make me jump out of my seat EVERY time are Five Nights At Freddys, Neverending Nightmare, and…. the ending to The Borderlands. I mean it…. The ending to this film is THAT scary… :fear: But what use is talking about the ending if the REST of the film is left unmentioned? So… let’s venture into some old abandoned British churches for a search for what lies beneath… Simply charming. :iconbritishplz: Charmingly CHILLING that is…. :iconevilgrinplz:


The film begins in a church in Brazil, where some investigators are hearing some strange chanting in a church. Coming across speakers in the walls, they find a tape recorder that plays some monastic choir being heard through the walls – while at the time this one scene confused me, don’t worry, it comes back again later. Just remember the fact that the so called ‘haunting choir’ has been disproved by speakers in the walls. :) After that, the camera moves to a rather haunting shot of the British West countryside, with the….. stock font title coming up. ^^; Anyway, this then cuts to a man checking through his camera equipment and setting them up around the cottage he’s staying in – by the way, is it me, or when he uses the screwdriver on the camera on the wall, does it look a bit like he’s screwing on Robocop’s monitor? :lol: In fact, the cottage he’s staying in actually… looks quite a bit like the cottages I stay in when I go on holiday in England. :D No offence to American films, but it’s pretty refreshing to come across a BRITISH film like this that takes place in Britain, as I sadly rarely see much of my home country in films, and this is a refreshment. :aww:

The Scotsman that was on the phone at the start of the film comes in, and it turns out these two are the main characters. Deacon, played by Gordon Kennedy, is a weathered Scotsman with a longstanding history of working with the Vatican to dispel supposed miracles. His background haunts his present and has created a great conflict of faith it would seem, given that he carries with him, small idols pertaining to other religions. He is also a fairly heavy drinker, one assumes, so as to keep the demons at bay. (No pun intended :rofl:). Gray, played by Robin Hill, is a fast talking Englishman who is new to the job and whose passion lies in technology as opposed to the faith. His job is to record the whole investigation, on request of the Vatican, so that no portion can be skipped and so be liable to be fabricated by anyone. It is the sharp contrast between the two characters that is an integral part of the bond that is formed between Deacon and Gray. The two characters almost seem to be like a Laurel and Hardy act – only more serious and in fact, both of these characters are rather smart. :)

The cottage, it turns out, is in a little bit of a bad position – no TV, no Wi-Fi. NO, THE HORROR! :nuu: But before I continue – here’s a little comment on the cameras used in the found film genre. Quite often, the found film genre cameras used REALLY tend to shake a lot – they’re like classic camcorders you hold in your hand or over your shoulder. Many people are turned off by the cameras shaking….. However, in this film, due to the use of HEAD CAMERAS and CCTV, the idea is handled particularly well - the characters are given head camera to wear so as to monitor their activities as Gray installs CCTV in both the house they stay in and the church. Unlike other additions to the found footage genre, these CCTV cameras do not then mean that we are met with and intolerable abundance of static images of idle, grainy rooms in which nothing happens for minutes at a time. The head cameras provide a great point of view to the film and are not frantic and blurred by jarring motion. Everything is captured well and the images are pristine. :clap: Speaking of pristine, I really enjoy the shots of the cottage and…. the BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE. :love: Needless to say, I get to walk around the British countryside a LOT, and these shots of the British countryside are rather idyllic and beautiful. :)

Deacon goes to make some tea (oh, SPIFFING! :icontea-plz: ), and while Gray is on the phone, he talks about how the bonus he’s been offered for taking this job is generous, but he’s interrupted by Deacon bringing him a cup of tea. Speaking of the acting in this film – something that may turn some people off is the fact that some of the film, especially the beginning, is spent with the characters simply talking with each other about day to day things. Some people may find that a tad boring, but like with Blair Witch Project and Troll Hunter, I feel the more realistic things like the way they capture talking on the phone as it were makes it feel more natural. The film takes it’s time in developing the characters, and it has a great opportunity for character relationships – like when Deacon is given a head camera by Gray to wear, and Deacon comments – ‘I’m not wearing this in the toilet… unless it starts spurting blood or something.’ :XD: The way that Gray laughs here doesn’t feel forced at all – I can’t tell he’s acting, it feels natural. That’s the thing about this film – quite a bit of it does feel very natural. :aww: I say quite a bit because, of course, near the end where the supernatural stuff comes in, it gets very UNNATURAL…. :fear:

Anyway, that night, after Deacon lights an incense burner, there are a few shots of the CCTV cameras showing the darkly lit house. Now, some people may be a little bit complainant about the fact that there are some shots like this, but this shot is shown again later, with some The next morning, Deacon and Gray go for a drive around the town – and it turns out to be your typical old fashioned British countryside town – that is, if you don’t count the…. Er, Vicky Pollard clan that seems to be blaring some loud Asbo-style music. Yeah, there are some chav stereotypes here – seems a bit…. Out of place in an old fashioned British country town, I must say. ^^; Deacon just buys booze from the shops – and the next shot shows him asleep on the sofa. :rofl: Okay, that was pretty funny. And I have to give Gray some credit as he shows off some magic tricks in front of the camera in the next shot – making playing cards appear and disappear. :clap:

Deacon and Gray start looking for the local church on a streetmap, and another natural little touch here is when Gray comes across ‘Nutley’ and ‘Balshurst’ and ‘Balcombe’ on the map and they both start chuckling immaturely… Come on, there’s at least ONE person reading this who’s looked at names at road maps and laughed inappropriately. I know I laugh every time we drive past a road near where I live called ‘Park Butts Lane’. :giggle: Also, when the two start working on jigsaw puzzles – looking for corners first, that also reminds me about why I’m not usually a big fan of jigsaw puzzles. ^^; That night, after the bells ring at, apparently a rather late time for bells, the shots around the house play again, but this time, some people are heard outside the house… :iconwoooplz:

Tired for one of their companions to arrive, Deacon and Gray head up to the site their investigation is centred around, and Deacon tells Gray a bit of knowledge that my driving instructor actually gives me – ‘the accelerator is not an on/off button’. Wow, this film really speaks to me. :XD: Their Satnav getting them lost, they pull up to a local, who…. Seems rather…. Unwilling to help…. ^^; Yeah, this old man is pretty…. Freaky. Not being much help, they ignore him and drive up to the church. Coming across some tape on a gate, that Deacon says are supposed to hold Satanist curses, they go through the gate, and up to the admittedly creepy church atop the hill with their equipment, and walk in, to see a sermon going on. While the sermon is going on, Gray, not being a religious man, waits outside, and talks to another creepy old man outside about…. Giving cows names. Once again, a little bit of a natural situation – but that man in there was just a bit… eerie in how he just stares at him.


Anyway, they come across the Father in charge of the church, Father Crellach. By the way, just a little bit of a comment on the religious aspect in this film – there is an underlying theme about questioning religious faith and how some religious people can actually become sceptics themselves. The religious aspect of this film also serves to add to the film's depth, with the religious characters serving as the sceptics and Gray, the only non-religious member of the investigation team, being the most willing to believe. This, plus the dawning realisation that the supernatural elements at play here may be something altogether more malevolent and older even than Christianity, means that this is a very human film and one filled with chills and effective scares.


Father Crellach shows them a video camera recorded a while ago with items moving on their own… and Father Crellach receiving a nosebleed out of nowhere… As CCTV cameras are set up around the church (and Gray gurns a bit at one :lol: ), Deacon and Gray go to the pub, and Deacon becomes suspicious of Crellach’s video, believing it to be a fraud, saying how there are only a few miracles found in every hundred cases reported. This is a very interesting setup – often, in horror films, and in ANY films for that matter, it’s often the religious character that believes in the supernatural and miraculous occurrences, and the quote unquote ‘nonbeliever’ (aka. The atheist characters) are the sceptics. In this film’s case, it’s actually reversed – as Deacon tells Gray about a stigmata case that he investigated, which Deacon actually says was a façade as well. :o I think that’s an interesting setup –the religious character being the sceptic. Before you ask me what MY opinion on supernatural stuff is – let me tell you now instead. :aww: True, I’ve admitted in the past I’m an atheist/agnostic, so I’m not a religious person – although I DO enjoy working in a lot of religious imagery into my works and I enjoy religious based horrors like The Exorcist, The Omen, and so forth. But when it comes to ghosts and spirits and things like that – I’m personally VERY interested in those kinds of things – after all, I have a book on Gothic Whitby in my room and I’m very interested in supernatural lore and such – a few years ago, I was a fan of Most Haunted. So, as someone who may not be a religious person but is still open to believing in and is interested in the supernatural, I personally find it cool that this film is bringing up religious people can be sceptics and non-religious people can believe in the supernatural. :)


Something you don’t often see in a found footage film comes up next – a time-shot (I think that’s the term), of the day changing into night. It’s a bit unorthodox, but it’s a nice shot. :D Deacon and Gray return home, hearing the…. Chav music from the local chavs, and discover that their colleague Mark, played by Aidan McArdle, has arrived – and is overlooking one of Deacon’s religious idols from another religion. He calls them out for commencing their investigation before he arrived, and he’s basically the supervisor of the whole operation and doesn’t like how Deacon seems to be taking charge. And after this scene comes the first legitimately TENSE scene of the film – by the way, I must point out that we’re twenty-two minutes in, and it hasn’t shown things THAT creepy as of yet, but it has STILL managed to build up a basic premise and plot – something that some found footage films I’ve watched don’t bother to wrap up until the thirty five minute mark. What I mean is that some found footage films waste time just showing EVERYTHING – taking too long to get to the meat of things, so to speak – Willow Creek is an example of this – it was building up things a LOT, but when it got to the only REALLY scary scene of the film, it was around about the FORTY minute mark. ^^;

Anyway, as Deacon, Gray and Mark set down for fish and chips, they hear a screeching from outside… And this is a good idea for a setup, I think – Deacon goes to the window, after hearing something that could have been the stray dog that was seen earlier attacking a rabbit. But THEN, hears a louder screeching, and let me tell you – when we find out what it IS that was making that noise… It’s pretty damn creepy. :fear: The screeching is coming from a flaming mass outside, so Deacon grabs a flamethrower…. And… that screeching is pretty hard to listen to… it is pretty creepy…. :fear: He puts out the fire, and it turns out to be… a sheep. :ohnoes: Someone set a SHEEP on fire…. The sheep is clearly beyond any medical attention, so Deacon mercifully puts the sheep out of its misery by slitting its throat with a knife…. And everyone is shaken up by the event. Rather than saying the burning sheep is a ‘dark hellish miracle’ or such, Mark declares it to have been done by some unruly yobs from the town… :o Let me just say right now – if it WAS a hellish miracle, I would prefer THAT over a HUMAN BEING setting a random defenceless sheep on fire… I mean, if it was ALREADY DEAD and they cooked it, sure, but SETTING IT ON FIRE WHILE IT’S ALIVE?! Geez… :fear:

Speaking of hellish miracles, at Father Crellach’s church, an ominous rustling and rumbling is heard from the walls – and when a door SLAMS – I’ll tell you, this was the first of MANY moments that made me jump in this film. :o First jump scare works? Good start. :thumbsup: Father Crellach comes in carrying a torch through his parish, and starts praying to a model of the crucified Jesus before going to the altar. Just then, the rumbling continues, and a rather creepy ambient groaning is heard, and a crying baby is heard…. Hearing the crying, Crellach panics and rushes out…. Let me tell you, that groaning sound is another example of something that gets my pulse racing – that is a REALLY good piece of ambient creepiness there. Something subtle, but still effective – which is why when I stay in old houses on holiday, I often try to wear earplugs if the house is creaky – because I CANNOT sleep through constant creaking – makes me think a ghost is about! :fear:

Speaking of being unable to sleep, Deacon is still shaken by the event, as Gray comforts him. Deacon starts reading through a journal by Dr Richard Mandeville – the last minister of the old church before it originally closed in the 1880s. The lord apparently told Mandeville to open an orphanage nearby in dreams, and the journal also describes how the town and the locals aren’t too pleasant…. Trust me, I’ve been to a lot of British towns like in this film, and NONE of them have been as eerie as the town our heroes are in right now…. Seriously, it’s almost as bad as the towns in Hot Fuzz and The World’s End… ^^; They meet up with Father Crellach the next morning, and Mark is given the keys to the church for them to investigate for any phenomena. Once again, it is pretty interesting how Mark and Deacon are the sceptics, while Gray is the believer in the supernatural. Deacon shows Gray the video again, and brings up the suggestion that a subwoofer could make the table vibrate rocking the table and making the ornaments on the table fall. This also brings up another interesting idea – Crellach is suggested to be using this so called miracle to bring people to his church in the hope of building up notoriety and get some publicity – perhaps filling in the church coffers.

After this, Deacon, Gray and Mark start searching for giveaway signs for things like speakers in the walls, and signs of magnetics and such. It becomes a bit eerie as a scraping noise is heard…. Coming from the taped up area of the church and the walls. Hearing something, Deacon walks up to the church benches, and it turns out to be….. a prank from Gray.  I will admit, I did actually jump out of my seat the first time I saw that ^^; - but I did laugh it off at Deacon’s reaction to it – a blank stare. :lol: Yeah – call me a wimp, but I’m sensitive to jump scares – even upon a second viewing. ^^;

As Gray talks outside on his phone, I like the subtle little touch that as soon as his head camera starts flickering, he just HAPPENS to lose his phone signal… a coincidence… or something more? :evillaugh: More creepy noises from inside the church, as Mark and Deacon hear a crackling in the walls, as Gray is outside and is rolling a cigarette in a rather nice tree-covered part of the graveyard. Rather picturesque, I think. :aww: Meanwhile, Deacon and Gray find the source of the odd rustling – it’s coming from behind a rather suspicious looking linen covered part of the wall. Speaking of covered in linen, Gray starts singing the traditional song I put at the start of this review ‘The Trooper Cut Down in his Prime’, just before hearing another creepy growling sound. And it IS pretty damn creepy… he hears it coming from a coffin outside, and just then, the growling intensifies…. Time for another jump scare which caught me off guard the first time I saw this - *sees a Doberman appear in front of Gray*

:iconnostalgiacriticplz::iconsaysplz:DOOOOOOOOOOOOG!!

Once again, this is one thing I like about supernatural films like this – suggestions that the so called ‘superstitions’ that are observed could be described by everyday occurrences. That’s actually pretty clever, I think. It brings the audience back to a sense of relief…. But makes it even MORE shocking when the creepy sound or event remains AFTER the supposed cause is gone – like the dog that scared Gray running off… but the growling is STILL heard inside the church… :fear: Mark lifts up the linen and removes a piece of wood propped up against a covered doorway to reveal…. A secret stairwell…. What happens next to him? Well – after a few seconds of pitch black, a static crackling is heard, and he collapses to the ground….. Something doesn’t want him going into that stairwell… :fear:

Deacon and Gray take Mark home, who is now feeling rather under the weather. Oogh, shouldn’t have tried to investigate paranormal hauntings, Mark – just look at what happened to the priest in The Amityville Horror… :ohnoes: Mark suggests that his bleeding ear happened when he possibly ruptured his ear-drum on the flight to England and the scratching was caused by rats, but Deacon and Gray aren’t so sure. As Mark goes to bed, Gray talks about how he took the job because he was interested in the supernatural and for the pay, but he’s not necessarily religious. As some cool ambience music from the CD player plays in the background, Deacon tells Gray about what happened in Belem in Brazil at the beginning of the film. There was a popular shrine in Belem, and the crowd in the shrine claimed that they saw God, but there was a Cardinal and a team that simply vanished, but were found dead in a jungle a few days later, with chemical traces – Deacon said that it could have been DMT – a powerful hallucogenic material, OR that they could have actually seen God themselves… I like that – he didn’t say that it was definitely one or the other, it COULD have been either – keeping it open for interpretation. :) And to end this scene, Deacon shows another way that you can’t believe everything you see, as he manages to shove a penny into Gray’s empty beer bottle. How do you do that, by the way? :lol:

Back at the church, Crellach is praying again, but the creepy baby crying returns, thumping and creaking is heard coming from that sealed doorway from earlier, a door opens and slams itself, a candle stack falls, the bell rings itself (even though it’s the middle of the night) and objects are thrown about – and Crellach yells ‘DEAR GOD!!’ as the camera shorts out. :ohnoes: ….Wow. The next morning, Deacon and Gray continue reading Mandeville’s journal, saying the village is a façade for it’s true colours, and… ‘he lies beneath, every hungry for souls. Now, I see the perfect hideous logic of the orphanage… I may have a new master now.’ :jawdrop: Oh dear, TRUE nature of the orphanage? EVER HUNGRY for souls? I don’t like where this is going… Trust me, the truth of this gets EXTREMELY freaky later on. :fear: Going up to Mark, they find that his ear is still bleeding, but he’s deep asleep. So they head to the church without him, where the door is already open, and they come across Father Crellach, who has been long since awake. Finding a beer can, Deacon suspects that the local yobs could be behind the voices Crellach heard the previous night, but Crellach angrily walks outside after hearing this, saying he’s ‘not like Mandeville’. :o Gray shows Deacon a new piece of equipment that could track the ‘moving noise’ they heard – radio microphones. They place them all around the church, including in the bell tower and the stairwell where Mark fell earlier…. That microphone in particular seems to picking up a lot of rustling noise, but it begins…. Moving…. But then disappears. :o And there are no speakers in the walls…. So where is the noise coming from? :confused:

Mark comes in, just as they start hearing the creepy baby crying on the microphones, but Mark passes it off as being from a nearby baby monitor…. Another idea as to how the ‘supernatural’ could be seen as coming from something ordinary, but…. This happens just as a candle moves itself on its own, and Deacon finds Father Crellach standing outside, spying on them, and running off. Mark follows him, just as the baby crying continues…. While the radio monitor is SWITCHED OFF… :ohnoes: Creeeeeeepy. Speaking of creepy, Mark follows Crellach up the dark dank belltower to the roof – where Crellach says to Mark ‘You don’t believe in my miracle, do you? If this is not a miracle, if this is not the hand of God….’ Hmm, so is this what Crellach meant when he said ‘I’m not like Mandeville’. Crellach knew about Mandeville having a ‘new master beneath’, and can’t cope with the possibility that all these occurrences are NOT God’s work… Feeling that Crellach is losing it, Mark calls for Deacon and Gray from atop the roof… just as Crellach throws himself from the roof… :ohnoes: Deacon and Gray come across his dead body, just after Crellach’s final actions of… eerily grabbing Gray’s sleeve… Driving priests to commit suicide? Something tells me that this CAN’T be God’s work… :fear:

Another time shot transition of clouds atop the hills, as Deacon comforts Gray, who can’t believe that Crellach, a priest, committed a mortal sin… And Deacon says ‘priests can be sinners too’. Anyone who’s read the original Hunchback of Notre Dame knows that for certain – Frollo is a priest in the original story, and we all know the sins he committed. :fear: Speaking of sinful, as Deacon and Gray head to the pub for a good cold one, as Mark is with the police about the incident, they come across the yobs from earlier blaring that same chav music… Er, do they EVER play any OTHER music on that CD player of theirs?! What, do they only have taste in ONE song they keep blaring over and over? :lol: And their next action is all it took for me to HATE their guts. You remember that sheep that was set on fire earlier in the film? Well, one of the yobs starts making baaing noises while laughing at them… :jawdrop: NO. THEY DIDN’T. :iconangryplz: They honestly DIDN’T…. *something clicks in my head* HOLY MOTHER OF HELL!! THEY DID! They set that poor sheep on fire! :iconseethingplz: I can see what Mandeville meant about the townsfolk being evil – I mean, sure, some teenagers do some pretty odd stuff – but SETTING FIRE TO LIVING LIVESTOCK?! :rage: Needless to say, poor Deacon isn’t too happy about it, having had to put the sheep out of it’s misery, and sums up my reaction to the yobs’ behaviour… This looks like a job for a slug in the face! :w00t: *sees Deacon punch the one yob in the face, and yells ‘Not so funny now, IS IT?!’ * Damn, that was satisfying… And even though the one yob is bleeding – you know what, he deserves it for what he did to that sheep. I mean, there’s ANIMAL ABUSE, and then there’s setting a living animal ON FIRE just for the pleasure of it – not for its meat, mind you, but just for the SICK PLEASURE of it. It’s the same kind of thing that the Adult Party Cartoon version of Ren would be doing - and possibly modern day Patrick Star, Peter Griffin or such…. In fact, why do I get the mental image of Patrick Star setting that sheep on fire with his Pet Sitter Pat flamethrower? :disgust:

In the local pub, Deacon talks about how everyone makes the wrong choices, including Deacon losing his temper and lashing out at that yob, and Crellach committing suicide. Deacon says that it BOTH incidents could be caused by the same thing – both Deacon and Crellach were under pressure. But Gray isn’t so sure – talking about how people who came before Christians, the Pagans, worshipped the stars, planets, things they could see in front of them, and how Deacon and Mark are choosing to worship the great ‘What if?’ Hmm, this is another interesting point in the film, once again referring to a question of faith. Once again, it’s a nice little question about religion and belief in religious teaching and so called miracles. Not TOO deep, but interesting, nonetheless. :aww: Unfortunately, Gray and Deacon’s debate are interrupted by the landlord of the pub refusing to serve them, even though it’s only after 9pm…… People in the pub begin saying Deacon and Gray are nothing more but troublemakers, and the people in the pub force them out – and it seems like the people in the town are trying to sweep the truth about the church and these ‘dark miracles’ under the carpet…. So there’s a conspiracy going on? :o Gray and Deacon return to the cottage – and hear the churchbells of the NOW UNINHABITATED CHURCH ringing out…. :o But if no-one’s at the church anymore… Who’s ringing the bells? I doubt Quasimodo could get across the English Channel in a few hours…. And Skull Boy from Ruby Gloom hasn’t been acting like Galileo for YEARS… So…. What’s left? :iconwoooplz:

Mark declares the investigation to be over, but Deacon, being a suspicious sort, heads out on his own to investigate the church. Gulp… a man walking through a dark country field at night – quite a creepy concept here, and they roll with the possibilities – Deacon constantly comes across what appears to be Father Crellach…. Perhaps Slenderman or one of the Five Nights at Freddy’s animatronics stole his clothes? :lol: He comes across an old abandoned part of the church wall, with some more eerie ominous rumblings from the church…. It is VERY creepy seeing the supposed Crellach appearing when Deacon shines his torchlight on him…. Also, when Deacon goes up the hill to where Crellach supposedly is, his body has been replaced by….. WORMS…. Eww… :iconmrkrabsscreamplz: Actually, that’s the SECOND ‘bug related shock’ scene I’ve seen in a week, the other one being in Hellraiser… I personally DON’T find bugs that scary, in fact, I find spiders to be quite cute, but I can understand why some people find them yukky. But, this scene raises a good question. Up until now, there HAVE been rational explanations for what has been going on – unless you count the baby crying with the radio switched off. But NOW… stuff is getting ‘real’, so to speak. :XD:

And it only gets more chilling when Deacon goes into the church, and searches around the desolate building for anything paranormal…. And after he accidentally begins a game of ‘Kick the can’ with a beer can those yobs left around :lol: , he begins to hear disembodied voices…. That REALLY scary baby crying that is STILL sending a chill down my spine :fear: , and while he’s searching, he pulls the books off the church bookcase, and pulls out the bookcase, finding a hidden doorway – with the same symbol written on Mandeville’s notebook… :iconwoooplz: Another creepy stairwell, and… A BABY’S SKELETON. :iconshockedfaceplz: A voice that SOUNDS like Father Crellach, eerily distorted baby crying, and a KNIFE SLICE sound is heard, and ghostly whistling and a church bell is the final sound that sends Deacon into a panic, running away from the church back to the cottage. Let me tell you right now – THAT was creepy stuff right there. Next to that scene in the Blair Witch Project with the main character up close to the camera and Troll Hunter having a cameraman lifted into the air and being EATEN by a troll… THAT was a GREAT example of a scary ‘found footage’ scene… But believe it or not, that is just an APPETISER compared to the main course of scares that will be served in the climax. :fear: Yep – still building up to it….. and still fearing it…. :cries: For a good reason, mind you – at least it’s MEANT to be scary, and not terrifying for all the wrong reasons, like The Wild and….. Eight Crazy Nights… :crazy:

Deacon decides something has to be done, and calls the Vatican – while… someone is sitting the kitchen… But I don’t know who. :confused: Anyway, Deacon, Gray and Mark drive up to an airfield, the meeting point for the person Deacon called the last night, and now… Mark starts acting like an ass as he tries passing off what Deacon saw as superstitions….. I mean, Deacon HAD to have shown Mark the video footage, but he still sticks with passing it off as ‘animal bones and imaginary noises’? :iconwthplz: COME ON, douche – even I, an agnostic who is studying for a CHEMISTRY degree -  SCIENCE, would probably realise by this point that something SUPERNATURAL COULD BE OCCURING – there is a time when something becomes so odd that you CANNOT pass it off as a fluke or a coincidence – stop being such a smartass and broaden your horizons for something supernatural….. Once again, I know that may sound odd that an atheist/agnostic is commenting on BELIEF IN SOMETHING OTHERWORLDLY issues, but once again, that’s… kind of the theme this film is going for. PLEASE don’t start spamming me with hate mail about me admitting I’m non-religious but am calling a character for not believing in something – once again, you can’t FORCE someone to change their beliefs – but still, there comes a time when you CANNOT be blind to something that is CLEARLY extraordinary is happening – which is why Mark becomes a bit of an annoyance here… Not ‘Top 100 Worst Characters Ever’ annoying, but still annoying – perhaps a 3/10 on the annoy-o-meter, at worst. :hmm:

Deacon says that the man arriving is Father Calvino, an expert in church history, and Deacon’s mentor – he’s said to be the best at unearthing old church secrets that keep being pulled under the carpet. Let me just say an odd comment right now – but Father Calvino looks like a PERFECT example of a wise priest – I’ll just say. Whenever I think of a good example of a wise priest character, I think of the Archdeacon from Hunchback of Notre Dame, AND this guy here. :aww: By the way, his actor, Patrick Godfrey, may not be in the film for that long (we’ve only got 20 minutes left), but I think the guy is great, considering the little screen time he has. :) Looking over the video footage Deacon recorded while he was at the church, and once again, Mark passes it off as a coincidence – he says that Deacon could be saying those things – the name ‘Frisetti’ is mentioned. Frisetti was second in command in the Belem incident - it turns out that the priests were still alive when Deacon got there…. :o During the Belem visions, Frisetti could not cope with what he was seeing, so he cut out his own eyes… Eeeewurk. Yummy. :ohnoes:

Needless to say, at this point, Gray begins make phone calls and says that after this is over – he is FINISHED with this job – I don’t think I’d be able to cope with this much creepy stuff either, Gray. ^^; Mark and Calvino have a conversation, and Calvino says that even if Deacon may be insubordinate, he may be correct, and agrees to investigate Deacon’s claims. Then we get a bit of history of the church, which, in my opinion, is a good sign that the filmmakers did some definite research – Pope Gregory sent a letter to Mellitus to bring Christianity to the Pagans of England, writing that he didn’t want to destroy the temples, but rather the idols within. It was not the church itself that was Pagan – but the ground – some satellite maps show that the site itself is thousands of years old – OLDER than Christianity. :wow: This is apparently the work of a Pagan God, dubbed by the Christians as the Antichrist. Names matter not, but the creature has returned to the site. And…. here’s where some people may start turning off the film saying ‘What the hell?! Now they throw in some supernatural rubbish when everything earlier could have been explained rationally?!’ Well, YEAH, seen as it’s a horror film, there will HAVE to be something supernatural or nightmarish involved…. :hmm: I do not mind ANY creature that I have come across in horror films I like, as long as the film goes out of its way to make it look like it could be REALLY there, like Troll Hunter, Hellraiser, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Frankenstein – films that put their all into making monsters look visually realistic, but still realising they’re horror films and can therefore stretch the imaginative horizons at times. :aww: Now, Thankskilling is an obvious exception, being entertaining partially because it’s killer looks like a melted sock puppet that just got kicked out of Freddy Fazbear’s for being too poorly made. :rofl: Speaking of realistic looking monsters that may not be real but still look like they’re really there in a CREEPILY effective way, as the film nears the climax…. I begin to tense up. :fear: Trust me, I know I’ve been building up this climax a lot, but trust me – this is the point of the film where stuff gets intense.

Driving up to the church, Gray and Deacon start arguing, because Deacon was telling tall tales to Gray – just as they pull up to the church….. Wow, that mist and the dark sunset lighting REALLY build an ominous feel of suspense for what is going to go on in Hell’s Church. :fear: Hmm… maybe they should call this church St Lucifer’s. :lol: Some slight rumbling is heard, just as they walk inside the church…. As the sun has set, leaving them with torchlight and lamps for light sources. Luckily, they brought some floodlights with them, as Calvino begins an exorcism ritual. The symbol Deacon found behind the bookshelf represents the deity that the Pagans worshipped, and it is still unknown which god this god is…. But the symbol is all they need for a banishment ceremony. And, guess what Mark does here? Begins acting like an ass. :x Gray and Deacon continue to tell Mark that they have witnessed things first hand that they can’t explain, and…. now I’m beginning to get a bit of a ‘Not All Dogs Go To Heaven’ vibe, as Mark begins shoving his beliefs down Deacon’s throat. :x

Deacon: ‘Why is it, after all you’ve seen, that you continue to cling to evermore bizarre and desperate theories?!’

Mark: ‘Desperate theories? It’s scientific reasoning, it’s what we do!’

Deacon: ‘Maybe… but we are also representatives of the church!’

Mark: ‘*laughs* Are you questioning my faith?’

Deacon: ‘I’m not questioning your faith – but do you accept that there are things happening in this church beyond science?’

Mark: ‘No! You know what? I’m a virtuous man… I follow the teachings of Jesus, but that’s not enough? I have to believe in magic now? Supposed to believe the world was created in 6 days, believe in empty rituals – well I DON’T! And its high the church got rid of this alienating, medieval SUPERSTITIONS!’

……..Woah. :x DOUCHE. Okay, even as someone who is NON-RELIGIOUS, for someone like that to yell that about their OWN religion – that was a bit too blunt and cold, in my opinion. Trust me when I sympathise with Father Calvino looking at Mark with a disappointed look here…. Even as someone who is not religious, I still think you should act a bit more respectful towards your faith when in the presence of a HIGH RANKING MEMBER OF YOUR RELIGIOUS BODY, such as a high father of the Christian Vatican. :hmm: That’s kind of like someone who is supposedly Jewish embarking on rampages through their home town, freezing old men in piles of frozen waste and leaving them for dead, having no respect for the Jewish community - *looks at Eight Crazy Nights* Yeah, you all saw that punchline coming… :iconrimshotplz:

Anyway, let’s go back from talking about THAT hellish creation to a different hellish apparition – everyone gathers for the final ritual to banish the demon beneath the church. As the Latin chanting continues, it turns out that the demon wants nothing to do with it, as the lights start blowing, the lights start shorting out, the security cameras go haywire, a ghostly voice says ‘GO AWAY!’, everyone is thrown off their feet, Father Calvino’s eyes start bleeding :o, Mark passes out with a worsening headache, and the church is plunged into darkness….. And that was only the BEGINNING of the climax. Yep, there’s MORE to come… :o

As the cameras come back on, Deacon tries to wake up Mark, whose ears have started bleeding as much as mine did when I was subjected to the voices of Butt and Doyle from Biodome, Vanellope Von Schweetz, Mr Whitey from Eight Crazy Nights and the singing of the rapping crow from A Fox’s Tale… :fear: Father Calvino has disappeared – only leaving a trail of blood behind him… into the creepy stairwell they found earlier. Gray heads for the exit door… but it locks in front of him…. :ohnoes: Oh, by the way, from this point onwards – Gray and Deacon panicking is NOT acting – the reactions of the actors were real as they suffered from the claustrophobic confines of the caves they were shooting in. :o And here is gets REALLY offputting, as Gray heads down the stairwell to find Deacon – and starts hyperventilating with fear… :ohnoes: Running across Deacon, Gray tries to calm down – and they then head to try and find Father Calvino and Mark, who has also headed down into the caves beneath the church. Ghostly screaming is heard, along with more creepy rumbling – as Gray sets up a signal relay for the head cameras on a ridge they come across. The beeping sound of the relay becomes quieter and quieter as they head further from safety, and come across Calvino’s bloody crucifix. By the way, from this point onwards, I like the way that the headcam picture quality becomes less and less clear as they head deeper in – showing that something is definitely WRONG about this place. Deacon keeps saying that there are NO demons or supernatural occurences, to try to keep them calm – as a bat flies overhead. Always a staple of creepy horror settings – I wonder if Scaredy Bat from Ruby Gloom was learning to fly again? :lol:

Speaking of these creepy caves – I LOVE this setting. Even if you don’t find this film scary, you have to at least give it credit that it knew how to create a surreal scary environment… and WOW, does this film get CHILLING with what is found down here – remember the orphanage that was mentioned earlier? Well, along with the baby bones… CAGES are down in the caves, along with a message from Mandeville and….. a sacrificial altar. Hearing Mark’s voice, they head deeper into the caves in the hopes of finding him – as the caves get tighter – almost as if they’re walking into the bowels of hell… :fear: The cave markings, along with the cages, altar and – PILES OF INFANT SKELETONS :iconstimpyohmygodplz: indicate that the babies in the orphanage Mandeville set up were all SACRIFICED to this Pagan demon. Gray’s reaction of terror and sadness is a GREAT bit of acting here – it feels very sincere and realistic, and it’s an addition to the pure terror that these characters would be feeling right now – what I said earlier about the reactions being very natural in this film apply here too. Deacon sees Mark down a deep tunnel just out of reach, but he walks off before he can get to him. Gray begins to panic as he gets stuck while trying to crawl down, but Deacon helps pull him down…. And they travel deeper and deeper into these eerie, mazelike catacombs, as Mark continues to walk off, chanting Christian chants, almost as like he’s caught under a spell of some kind… :o


And now…. We come to the last few minutes of the film. :iconshockedfaceplz: ………… *shudders in suspense* Sorry – just… I-if you saw this film before, as Deacon points his light down the tunnel, and markings on a circular hole are seen at the other end…. You w-would be shuddering at this point too… *takes deep breaths* Okay… Okay. :iconpantingplz: I’m ready. Brace yourself, ladies and gentlemen – for these last few minutes put me in a SHOCK after I saw them, they were THAT scary. I mean, many people rushed from the cinema SCREAMING when they saw The Exorcist? Sorry, but if I saw The Borderlands at the cinema, I would run screaming from THIS film… This is the ending that HAUNTED MY NIGHTMARES for a short while, it was that scary. :o And seeing how I sat through HELLRAISER and THE EXORCIST without being given nightmares, that says a lot… Okay…. Time for a police warning to make it clear… :fear:

:police: WARNING. THIS NEXT PARAGRAPH CONTAINS DESCRIPTIONS DESCRIBING SCENES OF A GRAPHIC NATURE. KEEP TELLING YOURSELF – IT’S ONLY A REVIEW OF A FILM.

Warning out of the way… okay, here we go… :iconpantingplz:

Deacon and Gray follow the eerie chanting down to the narrow tunnel, the apparent chantings of Father Calvino being heard. Now, when I saw this for the first time, when Deacon and Gray entered the tunnel, I had to rewind for a while, and ask myself – ‘Is it just me, or did those ridges on the side of the tunnel they entered look like TEETH?! :jawdrop: Ooooh dear… Oh my. Oh wow. Is… this going where I think it’s going?’ As they enter the tunnel, my stares of shock only WIDEN as what looks like BLOOD and more teeth are on the walls, a sound like stomach rumblings is heard, and Gray comments ‘What IS this place?! It STINKS in here!’ I wondered the same thing – until Deacon comes up a closure at the end of the ‘tunnel’ – should… should tunnels be pulsing and puckering like that? With… liquid? :o And… that stomach rumbling…. Something about that squelching sound just… REALLY makes me cringe. Yeah, probably my reaction to anything resembling a VORE fetish is what my reaction to THIS is…. But wait – believe it or not, it gets WORSE. Deacon says it’s getting too tight, so they try and backtrack – to find that the tunnel is getting wet…. And that the tunnel has CLOSED IT’S ENTRANCE. :jawdrop: Holy hell…… *feels my pulse begin to race, and my breathing increase in rate, even as I TYPE this review, I begin shaking in suspense* And n-now… the ‘tunnel’ starts… MOVING – the rumbling c-continues, rapid m-monstrous b-breathing is heard….. the walls start dripping… stomach a-cid…. And Gray shows his… HAND BEING DIGESTED. :fear: W-w-wow… O-kay film – I’ll give you credit where credit i-is due… THOSE visual effects, for a low budget lesser known film is REALLY impressive… a-and TERRIFYING. :fear: Such is the design for the… DEMON’S STOMACH… They begin to be digested s-slowly, Gray cries that Deacon said it wasn’t real, more burns on the character’s faces are sh-shown, blood comes out of their m-mouths as more digestive acid drips onto them – th-the cameras con-continue to go in and out of black and video i-images… And after Deacon screams, the camera cuts to black f-for a few seconds – before one last shot of G-Gray is shown – his last m-moments. A c-close up image of h-his face while…..sc-screaming in burning agony – before it cuts to black for the last time. Deacon’s last words are h-heard in a pained voice – ‘Our father… who art in heaven… Hallowed be thy name’…. and finally… the camera cuts t-to static, and… ghostly ambience…. A-and… THAT’S how the film ends… It just cuts from the final words and that static to the song I… gave at the beginning o-of the review….


…………… :faint: *sits staring at my screen in pure shock and wide eyed terror as the credits roll and the eerily beautiful singing with the quiet rumbling is heard in the background for two minutes* ………………………. *blinks once* …………… *blinks again* ……………… * I turn away from the screen, my hands raising slowly. I rub my eyes slowly, my face in my palms, and then take a deep breath* …… Erm… W-well…. Th-that’s my nightmares fuelled for the next few nights…. I…. I’ll… be back in a short while, I…. just need to grab something I reserve for endings like this…… *goes downstairs and grabs a bottle of cider, and downs the whole thing in one go* Oooooh…… Well… N-need I say more?! ^^;


Okay… now, I will be fair and address problems as I wrap this up – it sounds like I’ve been gushing over this film endlessly throughout this review, and while I still have an overall POSITIVE opinion of this film, I do need to address some issues as I conclude my review. While the movie does move forward in a good pace, I will admit that surprisingly little actually happens throughout most of the entire movie (most of the first two acts is just setting up investigations and introducing characters), and it is really just towards the end that things fully get up into gear. While I enjoy those scenes that develop the characters – Tarantoino-ing is a term for it, as I describe it :lol: - I think I can understand why that may turn some people away. It’s all part of what makes the film more real for me. Also, speaking of negatives, some of the things, like whether Mark and Calvino WERE eaten by that demon, or why the townspeople were so horrid, wasn’t really explained…. Were the townspeople possessed by the demon, or were they just typical creepy townsfolk you sometimes see in horror films? Nothing too MAJOR, but I will admit that some questions are left unanswered. Also, Mark’s actions throughout the film really do make him seem like an ass at times – I know that I have said I’m not religious, but I will state for the record that he should probably be a bit more considerate while around fellow Christians… :hmm: Also, one last little nitpick – that starting scene. I don’t know, something about it feels like it could have been cut out entirely… ^^;

But other than that, I still really do like this film. The special effects, limited due to the budget, are spot on. The Borderlands is one of those films that would be ruined by an extra zero on the budget and bigger names in the lead roles. Throughout the tense moments, I can’t help but squirm and clench my buttocks because I know its coming. Isn't it? It doesn't need to be a razor-gloved psychopath to scare us. Just knowing it is in here with us, an unseen presence, is enough. I’m probably in a small minority here, but I am a kind of person who is normally ALWAYS scared by jump scares… Even when I know they’re coming, I STILL fly out of my seat in fear. Five Nights at Freddy’s, The Borderlands, Blair Witch Project, Dead Space and even scenes in FRANKENWEENIE that involve jump scares still freak me out, because even though I know the SCENE where the jump scare appears in, I don’t know EXACTLY where in that scene – maybe I’m a bit of a wuss, but I STILL find jump scares scary upon multiple viewings…. :fear:

There are no stars here to distract us from the business of being scared witless. Even though Mark annoys me, I will give him credit: none of the characters are established as hero or villain; we are in the presence of three men earning their next pay cheque and dealing with the restrictions and consequences of both job and employer, and the trio of actors is flawless in their delivery of arrogance, doubt and terror. Beyond the principal cast, the inimical characters add weight to the fear. The silent old man who responds to a request for directions with a stony glare is not funny like the silent village pub drinkers in An American Werewolf in London, but unnerves us.

Too many horror films build the tension, throw in the cheap shocks and then peter out once the evil has been revealed to us. The Borderlands is not one of those films. Certainly, there is little here that is genuinely original, but the standard tools are handled with care for maximum effect, and that is what sets The Borderlands apart from other, bigger horror films. Like Troll Hunter and The Blair Witch Project, the use of personal cameras allows us the sense of a 'found footage' film without the contrivance of a "look what we discovered…" statement. Elliot Goldner, the director, ensures that the audience members are apprehensive from the outset, anticipating and worrying about the first fright. Then he maintains the prickles across our backs as he scratches at our nerves, creeping slowly, horribly through the shadows of the crumbling church towards a conclusion that has us begging for a light switch…… Speaking of that conclusion…. I LITERALLY still shiver at the thoughts of that scene – literally EVERY time I come across that past 5 minutes, I keep tensing up and start shivering, and can’t help but start breathing quickly in fear… :fear:

Seriously… I know I keep going on about that ending… but it is an ending that LITERALLY has to be seen to be believed. I know it’s a ‘love it or hate it’ kind of ending, from reviews I’ve read online, but it’s similar to that scene with the Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth – a scene that, no matter how many times I watch it, just has something that STILL terrifies me every time I watch it. In fact, after I finished watching the film last for this review, my stomach started rumbling, and I LITERALLY had to clench it to keep out the memories of that ending… ^^; Just… the idea of the main characters crawling into a DEMON MONSTER’S THROAT AND STOMACH and being DIGESTED SLOWLY AND PAINFULLY RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA just makes me squirm in terror every single time I watch it…. I wasn’t able to find the ending on Youtube, but if you ever come across the film on the internet or on Sky Movies (they show The Borderlands on Sky Movies often), I would recommend watching it at least once to get an idea on the film for yourself……

It’s one of the best surprises that I’ve come across for an unknown horror film for quite a long while… and it may actually be in my Top 10 Horror Films. :D Speaking of which, another one of my favourite horror films is up next….. back to the 1980’s for a werewolf film from the Gremlins director himself – Joe Dante. That’s right, my next few reviews will be werewolf based…. :iconwerewolfplz: So prepare to howl in terror at….

THE HOWLING! :evillaugh:


UPCOMING REVIEWS

152. The Howling

153. Attack of the Werewolves

154. Company of Wolves

155. The Lost Boys

156. The Hunger

157. Christine

158. The Fly (1986)



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VannesteLand Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
Want to see a better version of A Pal For Gary? www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np2BRm…
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hi ^^
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Wow, Duckyworth, I mean it. I know you've probably been informed of this before, but they totally fixed Sunset Shimmer's character in Rainbow Rocks. Heck, it's this movie that almost made her one of my favorite characters.

Even Flash Sentry says "That's the bad girl we love to hate!" about her past self. :evillaugh:
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Wow, really? :wow:
I'm VERY intrigued by this film now - if they can turn one of the WORST examples of the Alpha Bitch trope into an actual CHARACTER, then I have a good feeling about the film. :aww:
After my Hallowe'en and Christmas reviews, I may just have to do a Duckyworth's Thoughts on it, like I did with the first Equestria Girls. :evileye:
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And I found a Link for it www.watchcartoononline.com/my-…
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Yup. And the new villains are far more interesting than Sunset in the first film, IMO. Their goals expand more on the magical elements that MLP: FIM has, something the first movie kinda lacked. It's one of the main reason why I think this sequel actually TOPPED the first film.
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I hate Breezy more now.
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Hello
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This show's meant for kids.
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You know why the angels of Bayoneta look so scary and act scary, right? It's because that angels of Christianity were depicted like that in the past.
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thanks for fave
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Thanks for the fav!!!!
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Thanks for the fav! Glad you liked my work :D
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Thanks so much for the :+fav:!
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I have an idea for Admirable animations:
Jurassic bark and the luck of the fryrish
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Nice gallery
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Thanks., :)
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Your welcome
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ripperthescraftyplz.deviantart… I finally done it after all this time, I hope you like them! I'm gonna do a bio but I am in a slight roadblock wondering what a Pokemon Satan would be.....^^;
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Someone was like GINGA SUXS BECUZ THE DUGS HAVE BEWBS AND WEED IS REFRENCE TO DRUGZ BAWWW
I thought it was kinda dum.
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ShinyWhiteWaters Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know one person who doesn't like Ginga just because of its violence and keeps whining about how she hates bears and always comments on my Ginga art saying bullcrap like "if one of those was my dog I'd cry so much baawww!!1" Christ, it's not like anyone is forcing her dog to go fight a bear or anything. Friggin pussy. :X
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DewottGamer Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Wow, seriously? This kinda HAS to happen anyways, canines fight in the wild all the time! Also what do bears even have to do with it.
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ShinyWhiteWaters Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The bears are referring to Akakabuto's army in GNG. She says that she "broke down" from watching two episodes of Ginga Nagareboshi Gin because of how horrible it was to see bears killing off some damn cel paintings (yeah, not like those dogs dying are real or anything).
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