The Borrower

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The Borrower
Poster of the movie The Borrower.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn McNaughton
Produced byHerbert Coleman
Steven A. Jones
R.P. Sekon
Written byMason Nage (story and screenplay)
Richard Fire (screenplay)
StarringRae Dawn Chong
Don Gordon
Tom Towles
Antonio Fargas
Music byKen Hale
Steven A. Jones
Robert McNaughton
CinematographyJulio Macat
Robert C. New
Edited byElena Maganini
Cannon Pictures
Vision Pictures
Atlantic Entertainment Group (uncredited)
Distributed byCannon Films (1991, USA)
Warner Home Video
Release date
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Borrower is a 1991 American science fiction horror film directed by John McNaughton and starring Rae Dawn Chong, Tom Towles and Antonio Fargas.[1] The story revolves around an alien serial killer, who is sent to Earth to live among humans as a form of penalty.

Tony Amendola has a small role as a doctor and Mädchen Amick briefly appears as a rock groupie. Pamela Norris cameos as a hooker. One of McNaughton's previous films (and one of the most well known and revered of his filmography), Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, is referenced in a poster that can be seen in one scene on the street and a commercial can be overheard warning about the disturbing nature of the film on a television during a scene in the hospital.


An alien serial killer is sent to Earth to live among humans as a punishment for his crimes, and his body is genetically transformed to look like a human. Nevertheless, the transformation is incomplete and every few hours the alien's body begins to revert to its original form, causing his head to explodes. The situation prompts the alien to "borrow" heads from anyone who happens to be nearby. He gets it by squeezing the head off with a crab-like claw and skewering it onto his own neck. At the same time, Detectives Pierce (Chong) and Krieger (Gordon) try to figure out who is causing the killing spree, with only one clue: all the heads of the victims have been removed and are lost. The team slowly comes to the conclusion that they are facing a rather unearthly killer.



The Borrower was shown at the 1991 Toronto International Film Festival as part of their Midnight Madness screenings.[2]


  1. ^ Vincent Canby (1991). "The Borrower". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Salem, Rob (August 15, 1991). "Midnight Madness Strikes Festival Again". Toronto Star. p. B3.

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