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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 »
A Sacrifice Will Be Made See more »
On a trip to a Mexican border town, three college friends stumble upon a human-sacrifice cult. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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
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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
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 Monototo Gomez .... second assistant hair (as Joanna Montoto)
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)
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
José Antonio Pérez .... lead set dresser
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Best .... supervising sound editor
Richard Burton .... sound 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
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)
Josh Greer .... second assistant camera
Jaime Herrera V. .... grip (as Jaime Herrera)
Trevor Houghton .... electrician (as Trevor Haughton)
Bodie Hyman .... grip
Alexa Ihrt .... electrician
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
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
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 Ocana .... driver
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 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
Manuel Campillo .... location production assistant
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
Fernando Guzmán .... assistant location manager
Osmar Hernández .... advisor: Santeria/Palo Mayombe
Héctor Hidalgo .... craft service
Kelly Leffler .... script supervisor
Germán Ernesto Margáin .... location manager (as Germán Margain)
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
Concepcion Saucedo .... production coordinator
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
Fernando Guzman Villegas .... assistant location manager
Tom Walker .... consultant: US/Mexico
Andrés Yakulta .... set medic
Rubén Zuniga .... set medic
Andrea Araiz .... contact liaison (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for strong grisly violence/torture, drug use, language and some sexuality/nudity
105 min (unrated version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Australia:MA | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (uncut) | Germany:18 (cut) | Italy:VM18 (orginal rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | USA:R | USA:Unrated (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

The song,"La Frontera" was written by Andrés Levin, Cucu Diamantes and Beto Cuevas and performed by Cucu Diamantes and Beto Cuevas. Cuevas played the main bad guy, "Santillan" in the film.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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35 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Terrifying crime thriller, deserves much more attention than it's getting, 10 November 2007
Author: auroreden from United States

I went into Borderland not knowing what I would find there. Just the subject matter suggested blood and gore. . .but how would it all pan out? A slasher film? Supernatural horror? Crime drama? Well, not to detract from the (very-well-done) slashing elements of the movie, and the supernatural pretensions of some of its protagonists, it turned out to be a very neat, beautifully realized crime thriller with a very sharp edge.

The film begins with a tension-filled scene that sets the stage for what is to come, as two Mexican cops investigate a sinister dark mansion in search of the mysterious Santillan. We don't know who he is at this point, only that his house bears testament to strange rites and animal sacrifices. When one of the cops discovers human remains among the animal ones, the action begins in earnest, and we learn very quickly that Santillan is not your average drug dealing psycho killer. No, his self-styled "religion", based on African Palo-Mayombe rites, involves ritual sacrifices of a particularly gruesome order, requiring not only blood, but abject terror, to appease the gods who then grant him favors to protect himself, his minions, and his drug trade.

Then the main story commences, as three recent college graduates from Texas decide to head across the border for a wild night or two of partying before going their separate ways. Through a seemingly random series of events, their lives collide with that of the cult/cartel, in unimaginably terrifying ways, and to no good end.

Dialogue was crisp and realistic throughout, as were all the settings. Acting was quite good, exceptional in some cases, and in some moments in particular. Brian Presley's final screen shots were excruciating depictions of a man turned against his own beliefs by brutal overriding experiences.

But all the acting was notable: Sean Astin acting against type as a brute and brutal follower of Santillan's camp; Martha Higareda as Brian Presley's love interest, and Rider Strong, whose descent into terror convinces every nerve of the horror of his experience. And as Santillan, Beto Cuevas exudes a silkily seductive but deeply sinister presence. In his portrayal, Santillan's overblown ego is always apparent (he believes himself to be invisible and invincible, a near-god himself, as long as he provides the sacrifices his bloodthirsty gods required). But most remarkable is his ability to convey what can only be described as compassionate cruelty. In one scene he tenderly caresses a chained victim who has been roughed up by one of the kidnappers, stating, blood-chillingly, "I don't believe in violence (pause) without a purpose." .

Zev Berman as co-writer and director exercises his trademark sensitivity to setting and tone, with clear and focused guidance and exquisite attention to detail. One episode that stood out for me took place in an amusement park, where four of the main characters ingest hallucinogenic mushrooms, a scene leading up to several pivotal moments in the story's development. It's always a challenge to depict experiences that are largely internal, even more so to do it convincingly. In this case, it was spot on. But that is just one example. Throughout, the slow buildup to the movie's climactic and hugely terrifying denouement is perfectly paced. And the camera work, dark and gritty, adds much to the overall feeling of impending horror.

I can't imagine why this movie did not receive a wider release. I hope, as a Variety reviewer said, that word of mouth will bring enough attention to it for blockbuster DVD sales. It deserves a great deal more than it is getting.

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