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Final Prayer (2013)

The Borderlands (original title)
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A team of Vatican investigators descends upon a church in a remote area to demystify the unusual happenings, but what they discover is more disturbing than they had first imagined.

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Elliot Goldner

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Cast

Credited cast:
Gordon Kennedy ... Deacon
Robin Hill ... Gray
Aidan McArdle ... Mark
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarah Annis Sarah Annis ... Mrs. Proudley
Lee Arnold Lee Arnold ... Priest
Drew Casson Drew Casson ... Punched Youth
Peter Charlton ... Old Man
Marcus Cunningham Marcus Cunningham ... Mr. Proudley
Patrick Godfrey ... Father Calvino
Kevin Johnson ... Jim
Luke Neal Luke Neal ... Father Crellick
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A team of Vatican investigators descends upon a church in a remote area to demystify the unusual happenings, but what they discover is more disturbing than they had first imagined.

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Don't Lose Your Way

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Horror

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Rated R for language and some frightening moments | See all certifications »

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English | Portuguese

Release Date:

24 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Final Prayer See more »

Filming Locations:

Denbury, Devon, UK See more »

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Metrodome Distribution See more »
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The film was only completed days before its premiere at the 2013 Frightfest in London. See more »

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When Deacon, Gray and Mark sit down in the kitchen to eat their fish and chips, we clearly see all three men open their paper packets and start to eat. However, after Deacon gets up to look out of the window after they hear noise outside, the shots taken from the head-mounted cameras show the food packets unopened and the shots taken from the camera mounted on the kitchen ceiling show the packets open. The packets open and close as the shots change through the scene. See more »

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References Unearthly Stranger (1963) See more »

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Not a great horror, but worth watching for some great horror
19 April 2014 | by eonbluedan-1See all my reviews

Last year a film was released named 'In Fear', which managed to make the premise of two people getting lost in a maze of country roads as night draws in surprisingly creepy and gripping, before the final act gave way to a more pedestrian nature and the film lost its footing. 'The Borderlands', a British entry into the canon of handy-cam/found footage horror, manages to work it the other way round. Not to say the first hour or so is pedestrian as such, but going by the premise, no doubt many people will think they have seen it all before and skip this film. They would be partly right, although to the film's credit, it manages to tread that old ground with a good enough script and performances to not seem tired.

Deacon, Gray and Mark are Vatican sanctioned, paranormal investigators who arrive in a small, west country town to look into a claim of miracles at a local, old church. Things take a darker turn as their investigation leads them to increasingly unrealistic scientific explanations for the claim. The characters are very real and their relationship is not weighed down by forced efforts to be unnecessarily scary. Indeed, there is an occasional moment of brevity and humour between them, which nicely offsets the apparently tedious nature of their job; one could draw a comparison with the first act of Neil Marshall's 'The Descent', coincidentally another well regarded British horror. Another intelligent point arises in the form of the characters' set of beliefs; refreshingly, it is the agnostic technical supervisor who is most inclined to believe the extraordinary explanation, whilst the believers are the ones jaded by the claims so often proved false. It must also be said that where in other, similar fare, the explanation of the use of home video cameras and the like seems forced and a little intrusive, here it makes perfect sense and you do actually forget that is what you are watching.

Then we hit the last 20 minutes! Some earlier chatter about belief proves to not just be screenplay-filling fodder, but real groundwork that actually comes back to bite hard in claustrophobic scenes. This final act's power to disturb is akin to the final moments of 'The Blair Witch Project', 'Rosemary's Baby', or perhaps more pertinently 'The Wicker Man', to which the smart screenplay has actually made humorous and perhaps not purely incidental reference. In these cases, the horrible reality of the story is made truly tangible in such a way as to cause a palpable discomfort within the gut of the audience; it creates a creeping unease that is hard to express in words. So it is the case with 'The Borderlands', although how unnerved you are is not completely clear until after the film, when the imagery of the idea being brought to its fruition cements in your mind's eye, and as with Edward Woodward's final, defiant yelling, or Mia Farrow's famous last lines, a character's dreadful cries become horribly haunting in a way that is tough to shake off simply by saying, "It's only a movie'.

'The Borderlands' is not overcooked and has much about it that will probably be admired by fans of writer/director Ben Wheatley, who is maybe most noted right now for 'Kill List'. Overall, not one we might call a great horror film, but without doubt, within the film are moments of great horror!


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