The Directors: John Carpenter (1948 - )

John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) born in Carthage, New York, and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the son of a college music professor, enchanted by movies, particularly Westerns, from a very early age, he enrolled in the University of Southern California's School of Cinema. After winning an Academy Award for his 1970 short subject, THE RESURRECTION OF BRONCO BILLY (completed while a film student at USC), Carpenter went on to direct a series of low-budget, highly-commercial and critically-acclaimed movies.

Review: Borderland [2007]

Dir. Zev Berman

Cast: Brian Presley, Rider Strong, Jake Muxworthy, Beto Cuevas, Martha Higareda

I have a dilemma with the genre of so-called "torture porn" that has muscled its devious way into the horror movie limelight in recent years, my primary concern is that countless movies are bypassed or just rejected due to this catch-all tag. Such movies as Hostel and Touristas are essentially nauseous, inelegant, and of virtually no redeeming cinematic value, whereas films like Martyrs, Saw, and now, Borderland, albeit sharing similarities to the former in tone, brutality and grittiness, have much more depth of story and cogency of execution to just be demeaned by a hip epithet.