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4.0 out of 5 stars The Searchers meets The Descent meets Tremors., May 1, 2009
This review is from: The Burrowers [DVD] (DVD)
This is a great film who did not get a theatrical release... sadly because the cinematography is gorgeous and the whole project is many times superior to other horror films who actually get a wide release.

The director here did an excellent job recreating a western scenario where a group of men go on a journey in search of a family of settlers who were (they think) abducted by indians - when in fact, the abductors are a breed of underground creatures who feed on the humans they keep paralyzed under the earth.

The characters are great, the actors are great, cinematography is top-notch, music is great... everything is perfect.

...but the only thing that prevents me from giving this film five stars was a strange taste of "I've seen all this before in other films". Don't get me wrong, because I DO think this film is a true labor of love superior to most of the junk we see today. But somehow the utilization of elements we already saw in films like The Descent (the group of monstrous flesh-eating humanoids...) or Tremors (...who live under the earth) left me a bit unimpressed and disappointed. The idea that came into my head was that this film was a great combination of formulas I've seen before BUT under a (unusual) western scenario.

Maybe that's why it did not get a theatrical release.

STILL... this is a gorgeous horror film that even being a mixture of other films we all have seen before, still manages to keep you interested all the way until the end - thanks to a master director who clearly has great taste.

So if you are looking for a superior work of horror, give this DVD a try.
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Initial post: Oct 10, 2012 6:59:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 10, 2012 8:16:55 PM PDT
teatime says:
I don't think it has much in common with Tremors, especially because those creatures were basically giant mutant worms. The movie is called the Burrowers, so obviously it has to do with things underground. Horror creatures can only live in one of 7 places: on the ground, underground, in the air, in the water, in our body/mind, in outer-space/another planet, or in a mythological realm (heaven/hell, middle earth, etc.). Seems like they just picked one location and made a movie.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 7:02:36 PM PDT
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