The Burrowers (2008)
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Critic Reviews for The Burrowers
The pacing is too pokey by half, and the payoff is a wrenching disappointment.
... a real western/horror/monster movie with a devoted frontier sensibility and loving nods to The Searchers.
Director J.T Petty's nasty romp followed up Alex Turner's Dead Birds (2004) and preceeded John Geddes Exit Humanity (2011) in the Old West/monster movie mash-up genre; it may well be the best of them.
... proves once again that the old west still isn't the ideal place to set a monster movie.
Petty is pursuing a more measured, sympathetic take on demons that feast on the gelatinous innards of innocent victims, manufacturing a tediously wandering picture that craves substance while itching to entertain its absurd grindhouse sensibilities.
Audience Reviews for The Burrowers
A missing family out on the Dakota plains 15 years after America's Civil War is reason for a riled search party hunt, sure that "them dammed injuns" are the cause (ala The Searchers), and the start of this interesting Wild West/horror genre mashup. What they discover makes for nice thrills, nothing too heart pounding, but still nice. See it after dark for optimum effect. Creature features.
I had heard many things about The Burrowers and I was intrigued by its idea. What I've seen here is a fine low budget affair, one that tells an engaging story with using straight to the basics horror elements in order to deliver a worthwhile viewing experience. The cast assembled here are terrific, and this is among the finest monster films that I have seen in a while. The film has plenty of tense, thrilling moments, and it is an entertaining movie that will surely appeal to viewers tired of remakes. The cast do what they can with the material, and they make something worth seeing. This film exceeded my expectations and I didn't expect to enjoy it like I did. However I did and I recommend this one if you want a movie that is pure horror, the way it is supposed to be seen. Sure, the film has its flaws, but there are enough effective elements here to make it interesting and thrilling for those wanting an effective. The film is awesome and in many ways it reminded me of The Descent, I would say it is a close second with The Descent, and it is a good looking movie with tremendous atmosphere and it works. The Burrowers is a well thought out horror film that you're sure to enjoy if you're in the mood for an effective shocking picture that will keep you hooked from start to finish. I really was surprised by the movie and I was skeptical, but the story, though not original was well layered and structured to work well enough from start to finish. Worth seeing if you want an entertaining monster movie.
A pretty solid horror western film. Plus Clancy Brown!!!!!
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