The Borderlands review

Some devilish scares down Devon

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Writer/director and one-to-watch Elliott Goldner’s feature debut is a rare find: a convincing British found-footage horror that actually has some good performances and genuine scares.

Techie Robin Hill (a Ben Wheatley regular) and priest Gordon Kennedy (Little John in TV’s Robin Hood ) are posted to deepest darkest Devon to investigate a “miracle” at a rundown rural church, which means capturing everything on camera, however mundane it might seem.

For the most part, it’s the interplay between these two lively, lived-in characters that holds the interest until, after a slow but steady first hour – and a fair few false starts – the last act goes gratifyingly nuts.

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Matt Glasby is a freelance film and TV journalist. You can find his work on Total Film - in print and online - as well as at publications like the Radio Times, Channel 4, DVD REview, Flicks, GQ, Hotdog, Little White Lies, and SFX, among others. He is also the author of several novels, including The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film and Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting To This Is England.