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FRONTIERS
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by:  Xavier Gens

Starring:
Karina Testa
Aurelien Wilk
Patrick Ligardes
David Saracino
Samuel le Bihan

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A bunch of thieves are making a getaway from their latest heist, when they try to find a place to rest as internal conflict arises. Unfortunately for the weary travelers, they rest their heads in a hotel run by inbred Nazis who are intent on wiping out racial impurity.
Is it good movie?
Although Iíve heard a lot of hype about this film, it didn't live up to my expectations. A gorefest it is though, rivaling almost anything I've seen in awhile to say the least. Don't get e wrong, this movie is a visceral ass kicker and it doesn't let up for a minute, but doesn't carry enough real weight to be relevant.

This movie succeeds in being evil to the core and damn near ultraviolent. By the time this film ends, your more casual friends will turn away and you probably won't jump right in to a second viewing. The movie is tense throughout and the sense of foreboding is deep. Here's what is not so good. What Frontiers lacks is a serious emotional attachment that really anchors the viewer.

Although people are getting hacked up under racial premises, it isn't enough when your characters are somewhat poorly written. This one is also derivative, which hurts it as well. How many deranged houses of hillbillies are there? I mean come on it has been done. Oddly enough though the film treats itself seriously and with respect and you will almost feel as if you're watching a bit of brilliance.

Ultimately, Frontiers may be badass and definitely worth watching but it lacks enough substance to keep you coming back. This Inside-meets-TCM project will be loved by gorehounds and liked by the rest of us. Honestly, who doesn't want sex, death and melting humans in their face?

Video / Audio
I won't comment on video and audio quality because I'm not sure this is the official release.
The Extras
First up in terms of extras is the making of featurette, which runs a bit over 15 minutes. It isn't really a making of as we know it, but more of a behind the scenes sort of deal. There is a lot of rehearsal footage. It's neat to see the director dealing with his cast and the splatter effects being put to use, but this doesn't really have any substance to it.

Other than that, you get a trailer and some teaser trailers .
Last Call
I suppose that in the long run, Frontiers was what I needed it to be, I just found it to be a bit more derivative than I'd like. I definitely recommend it to the grisly fans, but the whole project just feels like you've seen some of it before.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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