Frontier(s) (2007)

“Frontiers” is the latest “must see” shock film, because apparently modern moviegoers have never seen “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”.  In this entirely original film, a group of young hooligans flee Paris after some lighthearted looting during the rioting there and decide to meet up at a hostel near Luxembourg (because apparently they’ve never seen what goes on at a hostel in Europe).  Once there, they’re set upon by the inbred Aryan family running the place and gore ensues.

Before piling on, the acting in this film is mostly decent for what it is.  The pacing is pretty good and there are some inventive kills and even a few fairly tense moments as our heroes try to unravel just what they’ve stumbled into and escape it.

The problem is we’ve seen this all before.   If “Texas Chainsaw” was set in France and had Aryans instead of rednecks, it would be this film.  Even the few characters that set it apart are borrowed from films like “American Gothic”.  The fact that the protagonists here are on the run from the police to begin with also doesn’t make them particularly sympathetic – whereas both of those earlier films were normal people in the wrong place at the wrong time.  So, as a story, this rehash falls flat.

There’s some appeal for the true gorehound audience, but the bodycount is smallish and the kills don’t really measure up against the likes of “High Tension”, so even they might not get hooked here.

In conclusion, this is a pretty pedestrian tale of “wrong place, wrong time” with generic characters, no novel ideas and pale attempts made at shock value.  If you’re new to the gore or horror scenes, it has some value.  If you’re a real fan, though, you’ve seen everything here done better.

Stars: 2.5/5



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