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Sean Astin in "Borderland"
« on: July 04, 2007, 08:29:55 pm »
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This is thread in which to discuss Sean Astin's coming appearance in the movie, Borderland. This is a true story about a human sacrifice cult in Mexico. Not Sean's usual fare, you say? Certainly not, and that probably exactly why he took it. He's getting rave reviews for this movie which will be released September 28th.

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"A disconcertingly vicious performance by Sean Astin" ó Scott Weinberg, Cinematical


Here's the website for the movie. There was a trailer there but it seems to be missing now.

There is one here.

http://2007.sxsw.com/film/screenings/film/F6615.html

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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2007, 08:34:37 pm »
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\O/  Yay!  You got this up quickly. 

I didn't know there was a trailer!    Thanks for the link.  Is Sean in it very much?  I'm off to watch a movie now, but I'll look at it later tonight.  I can't wait to see Sean is this creepy role.  Bet he'll be terrific.




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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2007, 08:46:21 pm »
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He's in one of the,, but I haven't seen this one so I'm not sure. He's TOTALLY creepy, at least in the one I saw.

The reviews all say that Sean's performance is the reason to see the film. They say he gives the bloodthirsty Randall a certain humanity and even affability while still being creepy.

This is a real demonstration of Sean's range and while it ISN'T the kind of movie I enjoy, I WILL enjoy seeing Sean make magic, villianous magic, but magic nontheless.

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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2007, 07:05:52 am »
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Thanks so much for the link Rach.  This sounds good...I love true crime stories (if they're well done).  I'm going to see if there's a book out on the incident that they refer to. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2007, 08:21:46 am »
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Oh! If you find one, would you let us know? I'd love to read it, too!

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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2007, 06:45:05 pm »
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I did a little research at work today and located some information about the real story Borderland is based upon; the movie is described as being loosely based on an incident that occurred in a Mexico/Texas border town in 1989, Matamoros, Mexico, just across the border from Texas.

I am a true crime buff and have dozens of books of this sort, In Cold Blood, Helter Skelter, Fatal Vision (Jeffrey McDonald), The Stranger Beside Me (Ted Bundy), Richard Speck etc...The ones I enjoy are very well written and read like a detective novel. I find the investigatory aspects of these cases fascinating, not the gruesome details of the crime.  A lot of the good books don't dwell on that sort of thing anyway. 

Borderland is about three Texas college students on spring break who run into a cult-like group that practice Voodoo worship; the story deals with what happened to one of the victims in particular, Mark Kilroy

The victimís father wrote one book:

Sacrifice: The Tragic Cult Murder of Mark Kilroy in Matamoros : A Fathers Determination to Turn Evil into Good (Hardcover)
by Jim Kilroy (Author), Bob Stewart

There is another book The Resistance Manifesto by John Conner that mentions the cult leader Serafin Hernandez Garcia ( in the chapter on Human Sacrifices). 

Amazon states there are several books on Kilroy and I ran across a lot of articles about Serefin as well.  I plan to look them up and probably buy only one.  Hopefully the movie won't be as gruesome as it sounds. 


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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2007, 06:50:34 pm »
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Thanks for all the info, Romeny! You do good work!

I have a feeling it MAY be as gruesome as it sounds. That's why it's going to be so difficult for me to watch.

Oh, the things I do for Sean.... *shakes head sadly

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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2007, 06:58:03 pm »
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I really hope it's tastefully done otherwise I know I won't be able to watch it;  I love scary movies but hate blood and gore. 

It sounds like an great turn for Sean though;  it's exciting to read the positive things that are being written about his role in this.   
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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2007, 07:07:34 pm »
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I plan to smuggle a plastic bag in my tote bag. I fully admit to having the world's weakest stomach. It's a good thing I didn't go into anything medical.

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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2007, 09:16:24 am »
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I LOVE the idea of Sean playing a chilling and creepy character but I don't think i'll be able to watch this if it is very bloody and gory, I hate gore.
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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2007, 07:04:49 pm »
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Lovely review praising "Borderland". The reviewer says Sean plays his part "to perfection".

http://www.2theadvocate.com/entertainment/movies/reviews/11343986.html

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« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2007, 07:22:24 pm »
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Interesting review and I love what he said about Sean. 

I wonder about something.  Was this film ever shown at one of the film festivals?  I read not too long ago that it still didn't have a distributor.  Do you know if that's still true?  I wonder how this reviewer saw the film.  It's the first review I've seen.

I want to see it!!!  And I have a very strong stomach, so no worries about that. 


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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2007, 07:27:30 pm »
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It has a distributor. In fact, it has been showing in preview screenings around the country. Belleferret from ljland has seen it and thought Sean was wonderful, even though, like me, this is NOT her kind of film.LOL

The wider release of the film has been delayed because the studio that made it was sold and things are still being settled.
I will probably see it on DVD. I'll watch it with my hubby who LOVES blood and gore. He can tell me when I can open my eyes. LOL

EDIT: Apparently, it was released November 9th. It hasn't come here but then NOTHING comes here so that isnt saying much.

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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2007, 07:30:57 pm »
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I will probably see it on DVD. I'll watch it with my hubby who LOVES blood and gore. He can tell me when I can open my eyes. LOL

*snork*  You may have to wait for the DVD because I doubt the film will get a really wide release.  Pity.

Thanks for all the other info.  I really didn't know what was happening with Borderland.

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Quote from: Storyteller ~RSF~ on November 15, 2007, 07:27:30 pm   

Apparently, it was released November 9th.

What!    I'll look in the movie section of the paper, I never even looked for it.  I have to admit I wasn't certain I would even try to see it though due to the gore content. 
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