Mar 15, 2010


9 out of 10 flicks that I "find" on Netflix are crap.  That's okay, I sometimes dig a good crappy movie.  And I'm not talking about major studio releases.  I'm talking about finding something you never heard of while browsing through the genres that you love.  But every once in a while you find a gem.  Something that really surprises you in a good way.

The French horror flick Frontier(s) is one of those gems.  I've had it on my Instant queue for a few months now, but I finally got around to watching it last week.

Let's not pussy-foot around here.  This is a brutal flick.  With a capital fucking Brute!  But if you can check your morality at the door for a couple of hours, it's also a highly entertaining one.  It's about a handful of small-time crooks on the run after an ultra-violent altercation with the Paris police.  They hold up in a little hostel (yeah...a hostel) in the French countryside that is run by a neo-Nazi family of utter degenerates.  Bad stuff ensues.

So it's a bit of Texas Chainsaw Massacre mixed with Hostel mixed with, oh...The Boys From Brazil.  Throw in some creepy things crawling around the abandoned mines under the area and you've got a party.

The film never had a chance here in the States.  Foreign films rarely do.  Foreign films that garner an NC-17 rating never do.  And that's what happened with Frontier(s).  Look, I know this isn't gonna be for everyone.  But if you dig slasher flicks, or torture porn (not my expression) in the vein (hehe) of Saw or Hostel, or if you just like seeing Nazis getting their asses kicked, then this might be the film for you.


Note: Okay, nobody reads blogs on weekends so I'm gonna re-post what I posted this weekend for all of you who only blog during working hours.  You know who you are.  If you read it this weekend already, well good for you.  This is for the other guys.  I also posted a thumbnail of the video over on my sidebar that I'm gonna leave up for a while.  Just because.  Just for scuzz.

OK, I think the embedded video here is hilarious. And it was done by a friend of a friend, so here's where I ask all of you for a favor.


Watch this video and if you think it's funny, if you really think it's funny, then post it on your own blog. Either a link or the embedded video itself. Jut put it at the bottom of a post you are gonna do anyway. In a postscript or something. I've never tried to use my blogging powers for good before, so I'm interested to see if we can get this thing to take off. Even in a mild way.

Suit up, kids!


Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. Jeux sans frontieres.


Anonymous said...

Ooooh thanks! I love a good horror flick, especially when I am sad and blue. I have no idea why but that is my "go to" genre when I am depressed haha.

Um, which I am not.

Verdant Earl said...

Hilly - Hey! You're back! I'll have to go check out your new digs. I hope you dig this flick whenever you get a chance to watch it. I thought it was amazing.

Barlinnie said...

I'll give it a go pal, I do like a good horror fillum when they use evil bairns in a lead role.

Avitable said...

That video was pretty amusing. Could have used a super fast freestyle riff in the middle or something, but it was still funny.

I just watched The Crazies this weekend - definitely worth checking out.

Water Logged Canine said...

Frontier(s) is unlike anything I've seen. I am a grown-ass man and last night I had some fucked up dreams. If not for my pride, I'd even call them nightmares...but let's stick with fucked up "dreams." Nevermind the fact that in one early this morning I was on the altar singing Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' to a less than thrilled congregation in a dusty desert church. What the hell was that all about?

In getting back to the movie, there were at least three scenes that I can think of that made me cringe and shutter. As a fan of the Gore Horror, or "Gore-or" genre, I thought I was well suited for anything they could toss in my direction...nope. I really liked this movie, even if it turned my stomach ever so gently.

Verdant Earl said...

Jimmy - Well, there were some evil children in this one for sure. Just not in the lead roles.

Avitable - I'm a huge fan of the original and I'm not always against the idea of a remake, so I will definitely check it out.

WLC - I'm glad you liked it. I'd been scoring pretty low with you on my Netflix recommendations for a while there. And was brutal.

Water Logged Canine said...

Big win.

Also a big win, rhyming Boitano with Guano.


Verdant Earl said...

WLC - Huge. Absolutely huge. :)

sybil law said...

I'll probably post in the next 2 days. Probably. :)

savannah said...

dude, dammit! post a spoiler or something so when i wake up at 3inthedamndarkmorning and check out my reader (don't ask), i'll KNOW not to look at y'alls blog! i had the absolute worsefuckedupscaredmyassoffmademedamnnearscreaminmysleep dream! i'll pass on this one for sure! xoxoxox

Verdant Earl said...

Sybil - no worries.

Savannah - Sorry about that. I would think you would know better by now. ;)

Kate said...

The movie sounds too nasty for me.. I'm a lightweight.
But I enjoyed the male ice skater video..

Verdant Earl said...

Kate - I'm a heavyweight and it was almost too nasty for me. Almost. ;)