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Writers (WGA):
Eric Poppen (written by) &
Zev Berman (written by)
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Release Date:
9 April 2009 (Mexico) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Brian Presley ... Ed

Rider Strong ... Phil

Jake Muxworthy ... Henry

Beto Cuevas ... Santillan

Martha Higareda ... Valeria

Sean Astin ... Randall

Damián Alcázar ... Ulises

Marco Bacuzzi ... Gustavo

Roberto Sosa ... Luis

José María Yazpik ... Zoilo

Humberto Busto ... Mario

Elizabeth Cervantes ... Anna
Francesca Guillén ... Lupe
Alenka Rios ... Amelia
Tomás Goros ... Captain Ramirez
Wilebardo Bucio ... Ghost Rider (as Wilebardo 'Balo' Bucio)
Julian Bucio ... Drunk Man in Strip Club
Eric Poppen ... Columbian Drug Lord #1
Daniel Herrera Arau ... Enricco - Colombian Drug Lord #2
Andrés Tagliavini ... Cult Member
Fernando Felix ... Cult Member
Nasser Milanes ... Cult Member
Joel Navarro ... Cult Member
Zahida Saucedo ... Cult Member
Montserrat de León ... Cult Member (as Montserrat Leon)

Mircea Monroe ... Nancy - Girl at Beach
Maribel Alaniz ... Stripper
Kate Berman ... Hospital Nurse
Leopoldo Bueno ... Hotel Guest
Mario Lozano ... Hotel Guest
Socorro Nava ... Hotel Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathryn Tamblyn ... Courtney

Directed by
Zev Berman 
Writing credits
Eric Poppen (written by) &
Zev Berman (written by)

Produced by
Rossana Arau .... line producer
Mike Crawford .... line producer
Deborah Davis .... executive producer
Randall Emmett .... producer
George Furla .... producer
Susan Jackson .... executive producer
Tatiana Kelly .... line producer: Second Unit
Lauren Moews .... producer
Vance Owen .... executive producer
Keith Previte .... executive producer
Jeff Rice .... executive producer
Elisa Salinas .... producer
M. Dal Walton III .... executive producer
Steve Whitney .... executive producer
Original Music by
Andrés Levin 
Cinematography by
Scott Kevan 
Film Editing by
Eric Strand 
Casting by
Claudia Becker 
Matthew Lessall 
Efrain Lomeli 
Lynn Reinstein 
Production Design by
Tim Galvin 
Set Decoration by
Pachilu Moreno 
Costume Design by
Monica Araiz 
Makeup Department
Ozzy Alvarez .... special makeup effects artist
Raul Covarrubias .... key hair stylist (as Raúl Covarrubias)
Elvia Felix Herrera .... assistant makeup and hair (as Elvia Félix Herrera)
Grady Holder .... makeup effects technician: K.N.B. EFX Group
Joanna Montoto .... second assistant hair
Julián Saavedra .... tattoo design
Felipe Salazar .... makeup supervisor
Caleb Schneider .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Tania Araiz .... production manager
Ernesto Garabito .... unit production manager
Jamie Mercer .... production manager: second unit
Kurt Tuffendsam .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Renan Bendersky .... second assistant director (as Renán Bendersky)
Michael Callahan .... first assistant director: second unit
Ricardo Del Río .... first assistant director
Jose Jimenez .... assistant director: second unit (as J. Abel Jiminez)
Jose Jimenez .... second assistant director (as José Abel Jiménez)
Joshua Malkin .... second unit director
Art Department
Angel Daniel Adeli Chaidez .... scenic/painter (as Angel Adeli)
Ernesto Adeli .... carpenter
Jesus Aispouro Rios .... carpenter (as Jesus Aispuro)
Javier Carbajal .... carpenter
Enrique Carvajal Castillo .... carpenter (as Enrique Carbajal)
Jesus Chaidez Marquez .... paint foreman (as Jesús Gabriel Chaidez)
Jose Refugio Chaidez Marquez .... construction foreman (as Jose R. Chaidez)
Rafael Adeli Chaidez .... carpenter
Aimee Dominguez .... assistant property master
Kevin Farrell .... storyboard artist
Miguel Angel Gamboa .... set dresser
Ronaldo Glaumitz .... swing gang
Guillermo Abraham Gutierrez Barba .... scenic/painter (as Guillermo Gutiérrez)
Juan Manuel Gutierrez Barba .... carpenter (as Juan Manuel Gutierrez)
Daniel Herrera Arau .... art department coordinator (as Daniel Herrera)
Carol Hummel .... props buyer
Kevin Hummel .... co-property master
Robert Hummel .... property master
Yasmin Lopez Arestegui .... assistant set decorator (as Yasmin Lopez)
Pablo Maanon .... on-set dresser
Dana MacDuff .... co-property master
Ernesto S. Martinez .... carpenter (as Ernesto Martinez)
Angel Orona Moreno .... set dresser
Jose Alberto Olivas .... carpenter
Tony Perez .... lead man
Tony Perez .... lead set dresser (as José Antonio Pérez)
Luis Alonso Pérez .... art department production assistant
Jesus Javier Quiroz .... swing gang
Raul Roberto .... swing gang
Reynaldo Santiago Santiago .... head scenic (as Reynaldo Santiago)
Simon Vazquez Sanchez .... carpenter (as Simon Vazquez)
Benito Vazquez Vazquez .... carpenter (as Benito Vazquez)
Hector Vázquez Sánchez .... construction coordinator (as Hector 'Tito' Vazquez)
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Brian Best .... re-recording mixer
Brian Best .... supervising sound editor
Richard Burton .... re-recording mixer
Richard Burton .... supervising sound editor
Gabriel Coll Barberis .... sound mixer
Lorita de la Cerna .... foley mixer & editor
Corey Eccles .... sound editor
Young-kon Kim .... sound editor
Chris Omae .... sound mixer: Second Unit
Keith Robinson .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Manuel Cordero .... special effects supervisor
Dirk Rogers .... lab technician: K.N.B. EFX
Visual Effects by
Erick Schiele .... main title designer
Erick Schiele .... poster design
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Hugo Aguilera .... stunt double
Balo Bucio .... stunt double
Bernardo Bucio .... stunt double
Julian Bucio .... stunt coordinator (as Julián Bucio)
Eduardo Estrella .... stunt double
Jose Antonio Garcia .... utility stunts (as José Antonio García)
Juan Carlos Olalde .... utility stunts
Rafael Valdez .... utility stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Casey Alicino .... dolly grip
Casey Alicino .... key grip
Mario A. Angel .... grip
Kevin Aragon .... electrician
Carlos Aranda .... electrician
Raul Cebreros Barcelo .... electrician
Luis Calva .... dolly grip
Francisco De La Cueva .... grip
John Doherty .... second assistant camera: second unit
Manuel Galaviz Delgado .... electrician (as Manuel Galaviz)
Andrew Gerety .... first assistant camera: Second Unit
Josh Greer .... "A" Camera 2nd AC
Jaime Herrera V. .... grip (as Jaime Herrera)
David Hoffman .... gaffer: Second Unit
Trevor Houghton .... electrician (as Trevor Haughton)
Bodie Hyman .... grip
Oscar Inzunza .... best boy electric
Eric Leach .... cinematographer: second unit
Chris Lindsay .... grip
Chris Lindsay .... key grip: second unit
Edgar Luzanilla .... best boy grip
Heriberto Luzanilla .... electrician
Dominic Mainl .... first assistant camera
Jeffrey Miller .... grip
Nathaniel Miller .... loader
Gustavo Oliva .... gaffer
Cory Peavler .... grip (as Cory Peauler)
Mark Robinson .... first assistant camera: second unit
Stephanie Saathoff .... second assistant camera: Second Unit
Joel Sutherland .... grip: Second Unit
Amanda Treyz .... electrician
Luis Gerardo Valenzuela .... grip (as Luis G. Valenzuela)
Edwin Ventura .... electrician
Tristan Whitman .... camera operator
Chuck Zlotnick .... still photographer
Chris Lindsay .... rigging key grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Karlo Colado .... extras casting production assistant
Efrain Lomeli .... extras casting director (as Efraín Lomelí Verdín)
Lucio López Laux .... assistant casting: MX
Lynn Reinstein .... assistant casting: LA
Zeiddy Silva Ríos .... extras casting assistant (as Zeiddy Silva Rios)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lorena Aguilar .... seamstress
Belen Gimenez .... assistant wardrobe (as Belén Giménez)
Alfredo Michelle .... wardrobe supervisor
Linda Naitze Ruiz .... on-set costumer (as Linda Nahze Ruiz)
Editorial Department
Rick J. Brown .... colorist: dailies (as Rick Brown)
Michael Hatzer .... digital intermediate colorist: Efilm
Christian Prejza .... digital intermediate producer
Kurt Tuffendsam .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Manuel Campillo .... location production assistant
Fernando Guzmán .... assistant location manager
Germán Ernesto Margáin .... location manager (as Germán Margain)
Fernando Guzman Villegas .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Janice Ginsberg .... music supervisor
Keith Robinson .... music editor
Transportation Department
Gene Alford .... transportation coordinator
Joel Anselmo .... driver
Al Bartoli .... driver (as Al Bartoni)
Joe Bodle .... driver (as Joe Bodel)
Juan Carlos Bucio .... driver
Arturo Bustos .... driver
Scott E. Corly .... driver: honeywagon (as Scott Coreley)
Ricardo de Francisco Romero .... driver (as Ricardo Romero)
Robert Feggans .... driver (as Robert Freggan)
Hector M. Gonzalez .... transportation captain (as Héctor González)
Mauro Guerrero .... driver
Guillermo Guidemin .... driver
Roberto Lopez .... driver (as Roberto López)
James Magnum .... driver
José Martinez .... driver
Chris Miller .... driver
John Ober .... driver (as John E. Ober)
Hugo R. Ocana .... driver (as Hugo Ocana)
Tom Provenzano .... driver
Cornelio Ramirez .... driver
Ignacio Revelo .... driver
Benjamin Rivera .... driver
Julian Saavedra .... transportation captain (as Julián Saavedra)
Terrence Smith .... driver
Daniel Talavera Diaz .... driver (as Daniel Talavera)
Roberto Rene Varela .... driver
Simon Victorio .... transportation captain (as Simón Victorio)
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
John Proctor .... driver: hair/makeup trailer (uncredited)
Other crew
Ma. Dolores Acosta .... assistant accountant (as Dolores Acosta)
Carlos Alberto Ramos .... production assistant
Concepcion Alicino-Saucedo .... production coordinator (as Concepcion Saucedo)
Carlos A. Appel .... production assistant
Andrea Araiz .... production coordinator: Mexico City
Rafael Briseño .... craft service
Salvador Briseño .... craft service
Shelley Marie Brown .... promotions
Juan Bueno .... script translator
Maritza Carbajal .... set production assistant (as Nadia Carbajal)
Juan Manuel Carretero .... craft service
Manuel Castro .... key set production assistant
Francisco Cervantes .... craft service
Rosie Charbonneau .... assistant: Randall Emmett and George Furla
Montserrat de León .... production assistant (as Montserrat Léon)
Jose Guadalupe Fuentes .... location clean up crew
Jorge Garcia .... location clean up crew
Mariana Paola Giordano .... production assistant
Paola Giordano .... production assistant
Osmar Hernández .... advisor: Santeria/Palo Mayombe
Héctor Hidalgo .... craft service
Kelly Leffler .... script supervisor
Juana Delgado Mariscal .... location clean up crew
Jamie Mercer .... production coordinator
Aaron Nakashoji .... production assistant
Roberto Oliver .... production assistant
Jennifer Olivo .... set production assistant
Francisco J. Otapa .... craft service
Nicolás Polito .... craft service
Allan Preciado .... set medic
Christian Quiroz .... craft service
Jesús Rivero .... craft service
David Roberson .... unit publicist
Arturo Romero .... production accountant (as Arturo Romero Sanchez)
Vicente Rosales .... craft service
Rick Rosenthal .... production counsel
Agustin Salgado .... craft service
Conchita Saucedo .... production coordinator
Zahida Saucedo .... production assistant
Todd C. Smith .... key assistant production coordinator
Todd C. Smith .... production assistant
Armando Suárez .... production assistant
Andrés Tagliavini .... production consultant: Mexico
Kathryn Tamblyn .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Kathryn Tamblyn .... production assistant
Stanley Tepper .... finance executive: Emmett Furla Films
José A. Ubaldo .... craft service
Edwin Ventura .... condor operator
Tom Walker .... consultant: US/Mexico
Andrés Yakulta .... set medic
Rubén Zuniga .... set medic
Andrea Araiz .... contact liaison (uncredited)
Jim Young .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong grisly violence/torture, drug use, language and some sexuality/nudity
105 min (unrated version)
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Stars Rider Strong and Sean Austin who both had parts in the Cabin Fever movie series. Rider Strong in Cabin Fever and Sean Austin in Cabin Fever:Patient Zero.See more »
Ulises:Just look at the evidence, that's all I'm asking. look. They robbed a grave last night. They stole a child's body! it's for Santillan's Nganga! they're preparing it for his arrival.
Captain Ramirez:Listen, you asked me to listen to your story. and I have. Forget about your partner. This isn't Mexico City; this isn't even Mexico. This is the border. The border has no memory. Remembering here... gets you killed.
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71 out of 98 people found the following review useful.
A cut above, 23 July 2007
Author: Craig McPherson from Montreal, Canada

I have a problem with the new genre of "torture porn" that has muscled its way into the horror movie limelight with such movies as Hostel and Touristas. It's sick, repugnant, and of virtually no redeeming value, and yet, like a moth to a flame, I can't bring myself to not watch it, even though I end up cursing myself for subjugating my mind to its imagery afterward.

Such was the case when the 2007 edition of Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival scheduled a screening of Borderland. I found myself driving downtown muttering to myself how I was going to regret this. And truth be told, I almost did, except that the movie came packaged in a fully fleshed out story (pun intended) that had the added impact of having been based on a true story.

In 1989, Mexican police unearthed 12 bodies in the town of Matamoros. Their brains and spinal cords had been removed. It was later determined that a gang of drug smugglers had been practicing their own form of Santeria, a religious hybrid of Catholicism and African religions, similar to Voodoo. The leader of the gang, Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo, was worshiped as a living god by his followers and practiced the ritual sacrifice of wayward individuals in the belief that the gods would make them invisible to the police as they went about their drug smuggling operation.

This is the backdrop that Borderland sets itself against as it tells the tale of a trio of Americans from Texas who head for a short stay in Mexico to indulge in some fast women and cheap booze. Along the way they hook up with a stunning and resourcefully independent Mexican barmaid played by Martha Higareda (soon to be seen alongside Keanu Reeves and Hugh Laurie in The Night Watchmen) and, as fate would have it, cross paths with members of the gang. The movie also delivers some truly twisted casting as Sean Austin of Lord of the Rings renown takes a villainous turn as the lone American member of the Santeria drug gang.

Director Zev Berman, for whom this movie marks only his third stint holding the directorial reigns, does a remarkably good job keeping the pacing tight and focused, blending a nice mix of story, action and (I hate to say it) gore, even though it's this latter part that I dearly wish could be toned down. The version I saw had not yet been rated by the MPAA so if there's any hope, the more unnecessarily gory parts of it will be excised before it gets given its cinematic release. While I'm no advocate of censorship, some of the gorier shots were just plain gratuitous. Berman would do well to re-cut the movie taking a cue from the original Saw (as opposed to the sequels), which illustrated just how gory you could make a movie while showing so little.

Still, Borderland plays out to a satisfying pay off, and never let my interest flag along the way, even if it did have me watching large chunks (pun intended, again) through my fingers, which, I suppose, is a good thing for some folks.

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