Director Xavier Gens best
known for last year’s “Hitman” also directed a lesser known
film named Frontiers. The film was original slated to debut
in last year’s After Dark HorrorFest, but after receiving an
NC-17 rating the movie was replaced with Unearthed.
Frontiers, which is as good as anything that played in
HorrorFest gets it own theatrical release date on May 9,
2008 and will be released to DVD on May 13, 2008.
In Frontiers a gang of thieves escape a politically charged
Paris only to end up in an Inn run by cannibal neo-Nazis.
This movie is similar in structure to many movies we’ve seen
before like “The Hills Have Eyes” and “Wrong Turn“. If
you’ve seen those movies, there isn’t much new here. Not
that there is anything new in these movie either, but Xavier
Gens just seem to be re-hash the same old story.
The one thing that does stand out is the look and feel of
the movie. For an example of Xavier’s talent just take a
close look at the tunnel scene. This scene had me on the
edge of my seat. Not much can be said about Xavier Gens’
writing. His Yasmine, the hero, is unoriginal.
Yasmine goes into what she thinks is a friendly Inn only to
find that it’s run by a bunch of neo-Nazis who have subhuman
children. The entire family is run by a man known as the
The casting of the father was a good choice as the man
instills a sense of creepiness just by looking at him. The
father chooses Yasmine and his son Karl to lead the family,
but Yasmine wants none of this and this is where the gore
lovers get their treat as Yasmine tries to escape the
clutches of the family.
If you enjoyed “The Hills Have Eyes” and “Wrong Turn” you’ll
probably enjoy this movie. It’s pretty much a re-hash of
these movies, but better directed. If Xavier had made
this movie ten years about, it might had had a chance.
By Brad Peterson
16X9 Anamorphic Widescreen
5.1 / 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio
Subtitles - English Spanish - Optional
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