Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Burrowers (2008)

A horror western... I always find unusual pairings of genres rather interesting. I really do appreciate writers and directors thinking "out of the box". I do hate that business style saying, but it does get the point across. The Burrowers is a western set in 1879 in the Dakotas. A family goes missing and it presumed to be an Indian attack. A posse is set up that includes some area men and the military. The military captain is dead set on finding the Indians responsible and getting the family back. Along the way the towns men are not so sure that Indians are really to blame. The towns men end up separating from the military and going off on their own to find the family. What I really liked about the movie is that you do not see exactly what the burrowers look like till the end of the movie. You are shown quick flashes of them, but nothing definitive. The story moves well and the acting is good. Plenty of tension and gory to satisfy the horror fan.

Clancy Brown
Clancy Brown is an actor who I have really grown to appreciate his work. I first saw him in Shawshank Redemption (one of my all-time favorite movies!)as the "mean" prison guard Captain Hadley. His work spans movie, TV, and animation voice overs. He does a very good job in this movie as one of the towns men in search of the missing family. Because of his deep voice and 6'3" frame, he is usually cast as a villain, but in this movie he is one of the good guys. The Burrowers is a good, entertaining movie and well worth a watch in my book. Check out the trailer below!

When the men on a pioneer homestead are brutally murdered and the women and children go missing, a posse sets out to find them, assuming they've been abducted by Indians. But the truth turns out to be much more horrific. As they find more bodies, it soon becomes clear that something from beneath the ground is brutally attacking humans. Clancy Brown, William Mapother and Sean Patrick Thomas star in this horror film set in the Wild West.

J.T. Petty

Doug Hutchison
William Mapother
Karl Geary
Laura Leighton
Seri DeYoung
Clancy Brown
Sean Patrick Thomas
Jocelin Donahue
David Busse
Brighid Fleming

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