For the past few years Japanese horror movies have been the rage. “Ringu” (Americanized as “The Ring”), “The Grudge” and “The Audition” come to my mind as those are three popular Japanese horror movies. Now, it’s time for a “Euro” invasion with the Horror movie “Frontier(s)” – a French horror movie more along the lines of the “Saw” movies and “Hostel.” “Frontier(s)” received mixed reviews from critics, but horror movie aficionados (especially the ones into super-gore and torture) should enjoy this NC-17 thrill ride.
“Frontier(s)” features a small band of criminals who take advantage of the recent Paris riots and set up a heist. With the police hot on their tail they hide out in an Inn. And as all horror movie lovers know, it’s always the peaceful inn that turns into hell! The group finds Neo-Nazi cannibals and twisted tunnels and end up being tortured and mutilated.
“Frontier(s)” was released to theaters on May 8, 2008 with much controversy. Apparently, NC-17 movies aren’t released to theaters mainstream most of the time and this one (which was supposed to be part of Horror Fest 2007’s “8 Movies to Die For”) was released (albeit, by itself). The DVD release was May 13, 2008 so it had a very short run in the US.
The tagline is “what are your boundaries” and the trailer I watched certainly pushed mine. I was a serious horror freak when I was younger, and I just can’t handle the gory ones now. I’ve seen the first “Saw” movie along with “Cabin Fever” (ugh!!) and the remake of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and by far “Saw” was my favorite (of the “new” horror). I think it was because, even though there was a lot of gore in “Saw” – there was also a superb plot line and a lot of suspense. “Frontier(s)” is getting a lot of press for its controversy, but researching it I’ve read a lot of positive reviews (from fans, not the “critics”) so check it out yourself and let me know what you thought!