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