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Frontier(s) – 8.5

Director – Xavier Gens

Cast – Karina Testa, Aurelien Wiik, David Saracino, Maud Forget, Chems Dahmani, Samuel Le Bihan, Patrick Legardes

Release Year – 2007

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Simply put, Frontiere(s) is the French response to “Saw” and especially “Hostel”. For some strange, crazy reason, the French have been coming out with some really awesome horror flicks lately. Any one seen the infamous French horror film “High Tension”?  Yeah, enough said.

Anywho, this film is about a group of young adults fleeing a riot ravaged Paris, France due to the results of a controversial election. After some brutal battling with police they make their way towards Amsterdam, they decide to stop at a random hostel on the way for some rood and rest. Little do they know…that this hostel is run by an incestuous family of cannibalistic Neo-Nazis!  The fun starts immediately when the first half of our group of characters arrive at the hostel and within minutes are put into a situation to run for their lives.  Within minutes of the arrival of our second group of characters we notice all hell break loose again! The Neo-Nazi caretakers of the hostel have a plan to continue their “pure” race by keeping all breeding within the only other :pure” people they know…themselves.  But with the problems of inbreeding keeping them from getting their perfect children, they decide our female protagonist in the film would make a great addition to this fudged up family. We then spend the next hour and a half witnessing our characters scramble around the hostel and abandoned mines nearby desperately trying to escape with their lives.

What I LOVED about this movie was how brutal it was. I believe this film really beat out Hostel in brutality(yes, that’s right Eli Roth) as well as having a much better script.  This movie had scenes that will really make you turn your head away, which is the reaction all of us gore hounds want to feel when watching flicks like this. Another aspect of the film that REALLY impressed me was how the director incorporated the epic musical score during some intense scenes. These scenes were not just awesome, they were pure ART! Now although films like this have been done before(Hostel, The Hills Have Eyes, TCM), you will really be left astonished and proud that you viewed this film(quite impressive for a “Horrorfest film eh?). No joke. They took an unoriginal idea, and made it happen.

There is really very little I didn’t like about this film. This film took about 30 minutes to develop into the mayhem brutality that it is, but that is typical with most films. If the filmmakers found some possible way of making it happen with the craziness happening almost immediately and managing to keep our interest throughout the film, then this would be a perfect 10 rating.

Overall, watch this film. Highly recommended. You will not be disappointed!

Rating: 8.5/10

– I ranked this film #25 in my Top 50 Horror Movies of the Decade(21-30) post.

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