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.
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Although the overall production quality may fall into what some consider an "independent" look, "The Burrowers" is both a solid western and a creepy monster movie. Despite the rather small budget (considering its both a period piece and a practical effect-driven monster horror) director Petty managed to pull together a well-shot and suspenseful little film. Only problem is the ending being strangely untied.
A fine mixture of creature-feature horror and a western, The Burrowers is one of the more entertaining and intriguing mashups of the aught decade. Despite some themes of unity, it's mainly melodramatic, but creates tension, suspense, and many characters that are likable, yet are developed enough to be flawed, as well. It's also no-holds-barred in the horror, as all characters feel fair game for the slaughter.