British Found Footage offering The Borderlands is based on supernatural Pagan gods taking over a small church in the English countryside. We were recently reminded about this film by a regular visitor to the site ( cheers Emeric ), so we eagerly sat down to watch it a second time for the purpose of this review…
The British Way
There’s something about British Found Footage movies that just plain WORKS. I know Hollywood has a hard time digesting them but that’s normally down to a lack of vision on their part.
The dull, dark weather, rolling green countryside and ancient architecture around the country makes it a perfect fit for independent horror filmmaking. The atmosphere these landscapes create is perfect for Found Footage cinematography ( in our humble opinion! ).
The Borderlands seems to thrive off these British aspects and offers a very different and original Found Footage film. The actors seem to incorporate a deadpan British edge to their characters and this only added to the overall ‘feel’ of the film – it was a refreshing change to the more American offerings.
We have a crack team of Vatican investigators who are sent to look into reports of supernatural Pagan gods kicking up a fuss in a small English church.
The team are provided with footage of these paranormal incidents but they can’t help but be a little skeptical. The church in question is run by a rather strange priest and his congregation is dwindling – could this be an attempt to put his church on the map?
They set up typical amateur movie cameras around the location and strap mini cameras to their heads ( or ‘head cams’ as I’m reliably informed 🙂 ). During their investigations they also find out that there is a maze of ancient tunnels below the church – could these be related to the supernatural Pagan gods?
They also stumble upon information about an orphanage and a diary left behind by a strange character who disappeared without a trace, but in the interest of avoiding spoilers, we digress.
Not Exactly a Frighfest
The film production is not really based on the ‘jump out of your seat’ factor that most Found Footage efforts rely on. This is more a gradual build up of atmosphere and story line.
There are certainly plenty of creepy moments that a well executed – dark whispers and the sound of babies crying, moving church furniture and slamming doors, eerie scraping and scratching noises ( you get the idea ).
The team remain pretty skeptical throughout the majority of the film which sort of adds to the eerie atmosphere and build – but this skepticism can only last so long…
Hollywood can go and **** itself – this is a well made horror movie that provides some great dark British atmosphere. If I’m brutally honest – an American production crew could not really pull this off!
It was a slow burn of a movie that managed to keep up the tension throughout with style. The story was very strong and the further it traveled into subject of supernatural Pagan gods the more compelling it became.
You may of noticed that I am a big fan of the British countryside due to the fact it offers perfect amateur cinematography scenes. This was the case with The Borderlands – the location helped make it rock!
The ending is pretty impressive and even a little mind blowing – not your usual weak Found Footage climax. Overall the film offered a lot of unique ideas for this genre and it was backed up with really decent actors.
If you are not a fan of the Found Footage genre then you should probably stay away from this film ( and ask yourself what you are doing on this site! ). If you do enjoy these films then I think you will have no problem sitting through the slow burn of this film – the ending is well worth the wait…
Definitely worth a watch!