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The Borrower (1989)




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Rae Dawn Chong and Don Gordon are an unlikely detective duo in The Borrower. Assigned to investigate the death of a local poacher, Chong and Gordon run afoul of "The Borower," an extraterrestrial serial killer who, when his head is blown off, appropriates the noggins of earthlings in order to commit his nefarious deeds without detection. Yes, we've seen this before in The Thing, but there are enough nuances and plot twists to keep things percolating. Even the "The End...or is It?" denouement is pulled off with finesse. Director John McNaughton deserves effusive praise for creating a nightmarish ambience for his story simply by utilizing existing structures and locales. And those combustible special effects-yow!

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Rae Dawn Chong
as Diana Pierce
Don Gordon
as Charles Krieger
Tom Towles
as Bob Laney
Pam Gordon
as Connie
Larry Pennell
as Captain Scarcelli
Tony Amendola
as Dr. Cheever
Robert Dryer
as Borrower/Human
Richard Wharton
as Alien Pilot
Tami Clatterbuck
as Michele Chodiss
Tom Allard
as Ruben Whitefeather
Lorrie Marlow
as Nurse Wilson
John Martinuzzi
as Man Outside Bar
Mark Rosenblatt
as Locker Attendant
Danile Shelley
as Bandmember
Rob Williams
as Bandmember
Steve Landi
as Bandmember
Will Gotay
as 1st Paramedic
Christopher MacLean
as 2nd Paramedic
Steve DeClark
as 3rd Paramedic
Cindy Folkerson
as Female Guard
Jack Lightsy
as 1st FBI
Chad Taylor
as 2nd FBI
Stuart Cornfeld
as Police Photographer
Stuart Cornfield
as Police Photographer
Rif Hutton
as Newscaster
Heath Jobes
as Weatherman
Gregory Wolf
as Prisoner
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Critic Reviews for The Borrower

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Not without being somewhat entertaining in a childish way.

January 26, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Borrowed from too many other horror movies to be any good.

March 27, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for The Borrower


I would have been giggling the entire time I was making this film. An outlandish premise is given the exact right balance of straight-laced presentation and giddy you've-got-to-be-kidding-me delight.

Steve K
Steve K

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