Monday, September 6, 2010

The Burrowers (2008)

With one family brutally slain and another missing, four men set off on horseback to track the Indians that they believe are responsible for the murders, but their trek across the barren plains will pit them against an unseen enemy lurking beneath their feet. Writer / Director J.T. Petty unleashes this highly original and thrilling creature feature set in the Old West, which features stunning cinematography and equally impressive performances. Petty creates an authentic period piece through his careful scripting, the characters' individual cadences, costuming, and a washed out color palette filled with mild earth tones. THE BURROWERS also builds its own unique mythology surrounding the underground dwellers that mixes Indian folklore with the horrors of Westward Expansion. These twisted creatures are hinted at frequently but kept just out of sight long enough to build a rising tension that keeps the film moving at an excellent pace while maintaining a plateau of suspense. When the Burrowers are finally revealed, their computerized design is hardly noticeable thanks to a clean design and key lighting. THE BURROWERS is a rare example of pure originality that is not often seen in the genre, and is sure to appeal to Gothic Horror fans who can appreciate its brooding atmosphere and mood.

Rating: 9/10.

If you liked THE BURROWERS, check out:
DEAD BIRDS, THE VILLAGE, DUST DEVIL.

7 comments:

  1. I really wanted to like this movie, but I just wasn't all that impressed in the end. I'd give it 6 or 7 out of 10 personally. I enjoyed the build-up and originality, but it wasn't directed all that well. The movie lost its steam about half way through, making the rest of the movie drag for me.

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  2. I only found a few moments that I felt detracted from the forward progression of the film, but overall for the $7M it took to produce, I thought it was an excellent little Indie Horror flick. Just beat Dead Birds by a hair in my book.

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  3. I have heard some really good things about The Burrowers, and I think Jeff from Max Jenke had it on his top ten list of last year, so I have been eager to catch up with it. I love me a western and a horror film, so it's a no-brainer for me!

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  4. Between Netflix and having it for $5 at Walmart, you are running out of reasons for having not seen it Matt, we're all counting on you!

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  5. Ha, I own a bootleg copy of it too!

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  6. Nothing spectacular, but I liked its mixture of history with horror and the creatures were right nasty in their method of killing.

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  7. After digesting for a little bit, the one thing that I am a little disappointed about is that there was never any followup with what happened to the son and the girl that was found after the film begins moving in that separate direction, but other than a few loose ties I think they did a pretty damn good job as an Independent feature

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