The Borrower

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  • R
  • 1991
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 5.3  (2,087)

The Borrower is a horror/science fiction film made in 1991 by director John McNaughton, starring Rae Dawn Chong, Don Gordon, Tom Towles, Antonio Fargas, and Marcia Linn. The plot centers around the titular figure, an alien criminal who has been banished to Earth from his home planet, and his attempts to make a new life for himself. When the Borrower lands on Earth, he takes the form of a human being and begins to look for a new host body to inhabit. After killing a homeless man, he takes on his appearance and begins to navigate the gritty streets of Chicago, searching for his next victim. He quickly discovers that the humans on Earth are not as easily manipulated as he assumed they would be, and he runs into a number of challenges as he attempts to blend in and avoid being caught.

The Borrower is pursued by two police detectives, Charles Kreiger (Don Gordon) and Diana Pierce (Rae Dawn Chong), who become increasingly convinced that the strange creature they are hunting is not of this world. Meanwhile, the Borrower becomes obsessed with finding a way to repair his damaged spaceship and make his way back to his home planet.

As the Borrower becomes more and more desperate, he begins to use increasingly violent and invasive methods to find a new host body. This leads to several tense and horrifying sequences, including a scene in which the Borrower abducts a pregnant woman and attempts to use her unborn child as his next host.

The film is notable for its blend of horror and science fiction elements, and for its effective use of practical effects to create the otherworldly creatures that populate the story. The film also features a strong, eerie musical score by Richard Einhorn, which adds to the overall sense of dread and unease.

Despite its low budget and occasional lapses in logic, The Borrower is a compelling and atmospheric thriller that is sure to appeal to fans of horror and science fiction. The performances by Chong, Gordon, and Towles are all excellent, and director McNaughton demonstrates his ability to craft a memorable and effective genre film. While it may fly under the radar for many viewers, The Borrower is a hidden gem of '90s horror that deserves to be discovered by a new generation of fans.

The Borrower is a 1991 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.3.

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    5.3  (2,087)