The Burrowers [DVD]
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Set in the Dakota Territories in 1879, the plot revolves around the mysterious murders and disappearances of settlers in the area. Knowing Indians MUST be the culprits, an Army outfit, led by Henry Victor ("Lost" and "X Files" actor, Doug Hutchison) as well as some Indian trackers led by William Parcher ("Lost" and "The Grudge" actor, William Mapother) and John Clay (Clancy Brown, another "Lost" alum!) head out in search of the kidnapped settlers. After disagreements break out between the Army and the Indian hunters, the two groups go their separate ways but Mapother and company are soon to discover that what they are hunting is FAR more dangerous and horrific than they ever imagined! Along with the Indian hunters are Irish immigrant Fergus Coffey (Karl Geary), whose sweetheart, Maryanne is among the missing, an ex-slave, "Walnut" Callaghan (Sean Patrick Thomas) and a young man, Dobie (Galen Hutchison), whose mother is being courted by Parcher.
The film unfolds slowly, letting the sense of dread increase as characters are picked off, one by one. And when all hell finally breaks loose, the wait is definitely worth it.Read more ›
Like many of your modern, artier westerns, "The Burrowers" has a thin story. In the Dakota territories a large family is attacked, with some members killed and others dragged from their home alive by an unseen, monstrous assailant. The locals assume this was an Indian raid and send out a search/retribution party to retrieve any survivors, though this party slowly discovers that the conventional narrative does not apply.
"The Burrowers" is a gorgeous film, and the sepia-tinged photography takes full advantage of the New Mexico landscape. Petty also displays a great range visually, sometimes abandoning the slow, steady style for a bit of fast paced action or a conventional horror scene.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this because the cover looked good...big mistake! Set in the 1870's, Mr. Coffy narrates about a girl who he plans to marry. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steenee Michelle
It was pretty suspenseful. Not like a paranormal activity but a time dated suspense. I liked it.Published 1 month ago by Shauna
Well done for a direct to dvd release. Other than being a little slow in parts, I found it to be very entertaining. The acting and effects were very good. Unique creature designs. Read morePublished 4 months ago by westicles
Yet another eccentric western-horror entry with a great cast, solid action and a novel angle on an old plot. Nicely filmed and good acting by all. Read morePublished 5 months ago by HistoryNut
I highly recommend this film to anyone that LOVES the horror genre. I have tons of horror films but this is one of the first with a "western" theme. Read morePublished 5 months ago by The Inked Butterfly
Surprisingly well done movie for the bargain bin purchase I made of it. Excellent period piece with strong character performances and very little in the way obvious movie tropes. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Buck Abrams
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