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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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Credited cast:
... Deacon
... Gray
... Mark
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarah Annis ... Mrs. Proudley
Lee Arnold ... Priest
... Punched Youth
... Old Man
Marcus Cunningham ... Mr. Proudley
... Father Calvino
... Jim
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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Rated R for language and some frightening moments | See all certifications »

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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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A truly unique experience.
26 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

First of all I must say that I'm not a big fan or follower of horror films in general. There are so many generically bland horror films out there that it dulls the senses. The Borderlands does not fall into that category. I'd go as far as to say this is a marvel ( not the comic ) The filming style - head cameras and CCTV static cameras works amazingly well. It really pulls you into the moment.

The whole production is a triumph. The sounds, staging, understated effects, locations and direction are superb. It does have a low budget feel, but that is why it works so well. This takes the Blair Witch concept and turns it into something so much deeper and immersive.

The acting is spot on. Especially the two lead characters, Deacon & Grey.

The character interactions are believable and well developed. A combination of excellent script writing and talented actors. The village setting works well. The village locals and the teenage yobs all help to increase the claustrophobia. In fact I think the village could have been developed a little further, but hey, its an 87 mins film which is brilliantly paced, so I can't really complain.

The premise of Vatican investigators, seems a tall feet to pull off considering that the film is set in southern England, but it is pulled off brilliantly. The production team really planned these aspects very well. Every scenario and location is exploited for maximum production value. The attention to detail in regards to the props and the historical research means that the limitations of the source footage just enhances the realism.

It does take a few minutes to get used to this style of filming - I am an avid hater of shaky-cam in modern productions, both low budget and Hollywood, but in this case, it's brilliant. In fact, it's not really as shaky as a hand held camera as they are attached to the head.

Whether you are a fan of horror or not, I thoroughly recommend that you experience The Borderlands for yourself. I'm sure it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for those looking for a true immersive experience that's a little off the beaten track, check it out! More reviews at UKfilms net


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