Bornless Ones (2017)
Bornless Ones spent the better part of its run time stumbling over itself to find it’s footing. The acting was underperformed, the characters were unlikable, there was no real tension and the ‘demons’ were boring and predictable. The gore was well done and there were some very disgusting effects that were executed well, but the few money shots strewn throughout the film were not enough to save it from itself.
The top half of the film introduces the audience to two female characters (who even cares what their names are) whose reactions to horrific ordeals throughout the entire movie were so subdued it drove me crazy and two guys (whats his name and the other one) were stereotypical d-bags, one of them having had an affair with a student and the other being a typical meat head bully.
The last character is, Zack, the brother with cerebral palsy. After their first night in a new home (a secluded cabin in the woods of course) Zack can suddenly stand up! What his sister and the rest of the group doesn’t know is he has been possessed by a demon who promises to heal him of his ailments.
The demon makes it’s way from each host to slowly drive them to cause physical harm to themselves and each other. The movie tries so very hard to be ‘Evil Dead’. There is mention of an evil book, there are demons lurking outside in the woods, even the voice the possessed characters use is a ‘deadite’. Sadly though there is just so little actual exploration of any of these elements, they are all just mentioned and then forgotten.
There is nothing wrong with this movie trying to be Evil Dead, as a matter of fact that is what got me excited for it, unfortunately it does not pay off as the makers of this film seemed more concerned with saying they made a movie than actually making something worth watching. The production appears to be rushed and sloppy causing the movie to feel completely unremarkable and unnecessary.
What disappointed me the most is that throughout the film it kept on giving us flashes of what it could have been. Had the filmmakers taken their time and put their ideas together with more care Bornless Ones could have been a good movie, however the final product in this case is a jumbled mess that’s only redeeming factor is that it is over in just 75 minutes.
My final thoughts are that even bad horror movies are ‘good’ to someone, but if you have time to watch only one movie this week, DO NOT WATCH Bornless Ones.