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I really enjoyed it. It cleverly mixes a Western with a fun creature-feature, striving to keep the best parts of both genres. The way in which the creatures prey on people is very creative and fresh, and allows for some disturbing imagery throughout. The acting, too, helped keep the premise believable, despite how bizarre it starts to get. One of the weaknesses of the film, however, was that it took too long to get going...and felt a little too slow in key parts. The climax, on the other hand, is strong and worth the wait. If you feel like watching an elevated horror film...this is definitely one to keep in mind.
For a movie probably pitched as "Tremors in the old West", The
Burrowers turned out to be a pleasant surprise, a movie almost better
than it has any right to be or at least better than one would expect
given its budget and straight-to-DVD status. Unlike the vast majority
of western horror hybrids it works so well exactly because it takes its
western self as serious, if not more so, than its horror one. Even
though it's made like a horror movie, comes with all the generic
paraphernalia of one (jump scares, loud sound cues, etc.), and panders
to the straight-to-DVD Lionsgate audience more than western loyalists,
it still convinces that its western credentials have as much place in
it as the horror hijinks, that they're not mere exotic props to be
wielded as diversions from the usual clichés of another monster movie.
Before the rather forgettable schlock of the finale, the movie has
soaked up enough eerie frontier atmosphere of wide open prairies,
deserted Indian camps and abandoned wagons, to make the creature
feature aspect seem almost redundant. And in doing meets Neil
Marshall's The Descent and Dog Soldiers in equal terms. Let's face it,
the Old West could be a pretty terrifying place without us having to
add supernatural touches to make it scarier 150 years later. This I
believe is The Burrowers' greatest success: it earns its horror
credentials by remaining serious within its western setting.
That's not to say it's gonna win any accolades for originality. But it's competently made sufficiently acted and well lensed to hold together at the seams. If the prospect of a western creature feature sounds like something you would enjoy, The Burrowers will rise to the occasion and try and please. If not then it never had a chance with you. Fans of both westerns and horror (two genres that sadly don't mix as often as they should, still waiting for the filmic equivalent of a Blood Meridian to prove it) will have a ball, traditionalists of either will probably cock an eyebrow.
It is difficult to come up with new ideas for a horror movie. Perhaps
that is why this movie feels like it has elements of many other
well-known movies. Regardless of that fact, this movie is a great
piece. The plot develops naturally. Characters are well defined. There
is no happy ending, but instead an almost poetic one.
This is the story of the tough people who made a country, good and bad, and the people they displaced, good and bad as well. Some comments about this movie try to use this forum as a platform for political propaganda (i.e. calling the representation of well documented army history "liberal crap")... do not be fooled. This movie is about story telling, not about political agendas, neither liberal nor conservative.
The movie does not show as a low-budget production. Photography is very good, sound is excellent, acting is convincing, the screenplay is engaging... this director is a talented person.
Do yourself a favor: do not miss this one.
A surprisingly good film for the horror genre. It's not a truly
outstanding film, but it is a fine flick to rent and sip some beers and
eat some popcorn while watching. The acting is pretty good in this film
save for Doug Hutchison who's a bit over-the-top in his portrayal of
the racist army captain. Racial undertones are presented throughout
this movie: how whites treat Indians, blacks, and even certain white
This movie is really more of Western that happens to have some horror elements thrown in. Go into it expecting to watch a "cowboys and Indians" film and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Most of the violence in this film is man against man rather than man against monster. The "burrowers" themselves are a bit disappointing once revealed, mostly because of the poor CGI. The final battle is not as satisfying as I thought it would be, but the extremely dark and depressing ending was well done. This film is much better than most straight to DVD releases.
I really don't get the negative press and review this flick is getting,
this is pure gold. If H.P. Lovecraft wrote a western, this would
probably be the story. This story doesn't need toe be blood and guts,
it isn't relaing on gore, just shear suspense and story. It is a simpel
story, but such a well played one. At the start you think you know what
will happen, but it doesn't pan out that way at all. As for the whole
"evil white men' stick, well the indians weren't treated right, deal
with it white people. I think it was a pretty good representation of
I am sorry if I offend some people, but you would have to b a complete idiot not to love this one. On of the best horror flicks I have seen since In the Mouth of Madness. HP Lovecraft would be proud!
Basically a Horror Western with heavy overtones of racial morality.
But is it worth watching? Well, in my opinion yes. It has suspense, horror, action and of course - cowboys and Indian's, what more do you want? Monsters? Well it's got them too. And yes, it really is as silly as it sounds. But overall, it's a good flick to rent.
Nothing in this film is top drawer, but it's not far off. The characters are a little over the top with stereotypes, eg. Henry Victor - the Indian hating military commander (quite comical at times, whether this was intentional I don't know), the Irish settler, the 'token' black guy. The overtones of racial morality are present throughout, almost as though this is supposed to be a tale about 'loving thy neighbour'. I can understand why they did this, It's set in the late 1800's and the Indians were the bogeymen at the time, but it's a bit overdone IMO. Anyway, it's not about 'loving thy neighbour' it's about monsters...keeping it real.
Overall, Cowboys, Indians and Monsters (just missing the voluptuous blond I guess). Grab a few beers and rent this film.
A western horror movie with creatures? Yeah, that's really all you need
to know if you want to see this or not. Hey, you may not like it, but
at the same time you may love it. I'm in the middle ground.
Story revolves around a rescue mission of sorts. The native Americans are blamed and that's where the rescue team is headed. Well, during the pursuit, people are mysteriously disappearing during the night. And what the hell are those weird holes in the ground? And why is the young girl they found not reacting to anything? Find out this and more in The Burrowers.
Like I said before, creatures in a western horror movie. That should be enough for you to make up your mind. If it's not enough, I can say that the creatures are pretty cool and the idea behind them is pretty original. But, you don't see them very often, and when you do, occasionally, they're in CGI form, but not always. And when not in CGI form, they look pretty sweet. My biggest gripe with the flick is....anything non-creature related. I just didn't give a damn about any of the rescue mission or the social-commentary or anything. Call me immature, call me a dumby, but hey, I like me some creatures, and these were pretty cool creatures, so it really grabbed all of my attention.
The Burrowers was a pretty slick lookin flick, with nice shots of rugged New Mexico, decent music, cool creatures (have I mentioned that??), a gaggle of carefree characters (especially Doug Hutchinson) and a pretty weak ending. The flick is a pretty mixed bag. It's a pretty solid rental, that you may just end up really enjoying. Or not.
On 11 August 1879, in the Dakota Territories, the Irish Fergus Coffey
(Karl Geary) intends to propose his beloved Maryanne Stewart; however
her family is attacked apparently by the Sioux and they vanish. Fergus
joins to the experienced John Clay (Clancy Brown) and William Parcher
(William Mapother) and a teenager to track down the family of settlers.
Along their journey, the team-up with the army troop led by the
sadistic and racist Captain Henry Victor (Doug Hutchison) that also
believes that the Sioux are responsible for the abduction of the
families in the territory. The quartet has friction with Henry and
decides to ride without the escort of the army and the black cook
Callaghan (Sean Patrick Thomas) decides to travel with the group. After
an Indian attack in the woods, the survivors discovers that the Sioux
are not responsible for the slaughters but actually a pack of
carnivorous creatures from underground called The Burrowers and they
have to fight to survive.
"The Burrowers" is a creepy, original, weird and brutal film in the environment of the Wild West, with good special effects. However these effects are too graphic and gruesome and most of the characters are non- likable. Doug Hutchison, from X-Files, performs a sadistic and racist captain of the army and his character is really hateful. The conclusion is pessimist and the black humor never works. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Escavadores" ("Burrowers")
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Good acting, interesting horror plot, and a realistic portrayal of
characters and events makes this a compelling low budget film. It's not
an action movie and is not particularly frightening, but there are
plenty of creative twists and turns and the characters carry the ball.
The special effects are adequate to portray what is happening while
avoiding a cheesiness common in low budget movies because they don't
try to be spectacular. We actually see the rarely seen realism of men
shooting with revolvers and missing most of the shots. The idea of
being buried alive, then eaten, is sufficiently eerie to lend an aura
of horror which is quietly reinforced but not overly dramatized.
Definitely worth seeing. It drags a bit in the last hour but not much. Underrated.
The Burrowers is written and directed by J.T. Petty. It stars William
Mapother, Sean Patrick Thomas, Clancy Brown, Laura Leighton, Doug
Hutchison, Karl Geary and Robert Richard. Music is by Joseph LoDuca and
cinematography by Phil Parmet.
August the 11th 1879, the Dakota territories, and after a family of pioneers are abducted a posse is formed and go off in search of the culprits. It is believed they have fallen prey to hostile Native Americans, but once out in the wilds the truth hits home and the posse find themselves in a brutal and bloody fight for survival.
It's not like Tremors! That wonderful homage to the B movie creature features of the 1950s is played for laughs and action thrills. The Burrowers admittedly on plot synopsis' does lend one to think that a fun packed creature feature is in the offering, but as many unaware film fans have found out, this is far from being the case.
I would rather walk in the right direction than ride with my head up my ass.
The Burrowers takes itself seriously, and not insultingly so. J.T. Petty wanted to make a Horror/Western but not in the schlocky sense. He even infuses the narrative with some human concerns and statements, ecologically and racially so.
The pace is very, very deliberate, so potential first time viewers need to take that into consideration. Once the plot is kick started in the opening salvo, the posse go out into the wilds and interact, for better and worse, dialogue is sharp and pointed, intelligent even.
A number of great character based scenes are setting the tone for what is a downbeat picture, while when the action comes in tantalising spurts, it's well marshalled by Petty, and it's not just all about the creatures either.
The look is of a classical Western, which considering the modest budget is quite some achievement. From costuming and props, to the colour palette, the film convinces as the Old West of 1879. In this regard it would have been very interesting to have seen Petty make a standalone Oater.
Practical effects are very decent and CGI is wisely used sparingly, though the big showdown at pic's end is something of a let down. Elsewhere Sir Clancy of Brown and Doug The Thug Hutchison are sadly under written, though the face fuzz department scores high marks!
A tricky one to recommend to either Horror or Western fans, but for atmosphere and a great sense of period - and no little amount of originality as well, it's worth checking out as long as you don't expect Tremors. 7/10
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