The Burrowers (2008) - Horror, Thriller, Western

Hohum Score

94

Hohummer

In the Wild West a rescue party sets out to find a family of settlers that has vanished from their home under mysterious circumstances.

IMDB: 5.8
Director: J.T. Petty
Stars: Clancy Brown, David Busse
Length: 96 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 12 out of 53 found boring (22.64%)

One-line Reviews (45)

It's not a perfect film, but it's well paced, well presented and well worth the watch.

Die-hard horror fans may find the pace to be slow, and the ridiculous cultural stereotypes will only annoy anyone lured by the thought of a 'serious' scary movie.

With the lack of engaging subplots to hang off of, since those as well are sidetracked by the war against the tribe and the inherent stupidity of the cavalry to deal with the issue, this is quite a difficult film to get into and really takes a while to get going.

and felt a little too slow in key parts.

It all starts to feel a little too easily predictable in terms of how the characters are going to react to things.

Horror junkies should find it reasonably entertaining.

And while we do know, it might feel a bit too slow moving for a few people.

I just didn't quite get the feel that the director was really bringing out the very best from these otherwise experienced and good actors, and the net effect, to me anyway, was that the resulting performances were somewhat trite and clichéd.

yet boring.

The pace of things is leisurely, which may dissuade the ADHD crowd, and the critter fx are at times a bit dodgy (but still mostly satisfying), and the ending may feel a bit anti-climactic, but for the patient viewer, there is much to be enjoyed, including some nice dark humor and unexpected happenings.

After the opening scene (which had me pondering with what had just attacked them), it dragged for a bit (for me anyways) and I was wondering when it would pick back up again.

Snore fest all the way, I went to sleep, then I would hear some action wake up rewind, rewind too far, sleep again, hear action, wake up rewind too far again, decide to wait it out and watch 5 seconds of action, sleep, hear action, wake up, rewind too far again, the process repeated itself over and over again.

Gripping the Western atmosphere with a firm Horror fist,Petty fires off dozens of horror shots,which brilliantly go from being extremely creepy, ( character's being buried alive) to delightfully squishy, (Coffey finding himself surrounded by dozens of Burrowers) as Coffey starts attempting to bury The Burrowers.

I have to assume that their budget was low, but even so, they made a thoroughly entertaining movie.

especially given its pitiful rating here on the IMDb, "The Burrowers" is an engaging Western creature feature with far more brains than it seems to have been given credit for.

What I got was a mix of western and monster movie that actually delivered an enjoyable experience.

Sean Patrick Thomas is quite engaging in the role of Callaghan the cook.

They desaturated the colour, made the action as slow as molasses in January, kept the monsters hidden from view for the majority of the time (not that they are much cop when we do get to see them), and shot almost everything at night so that it was extremely difficult to see what was going on.

This gives it a refreshing taste of originality that comes rather nicely with the impressively utilized creatures, simply by being an original creature in terms of behavior, appearance and general feel in the first place but also settling in with the time-frame issues already mentioned to generate an incredibly chilling and suspense air about it, for the gradual dawning on the men that rogue Indians aren't to blame for the disappearances but rather these strange, fearsome creatures makes this quite suspenseful as all that becomes known about them comes from the interactions between the victims and the survivors and it all feels really fresh and unique.

This turned out to be quite enjoyable and entertaining for what it was, a simple creature feature.

If you're bored of PvP'ing in World of Warcraft and you're out of "the good stuff", go ahead a check this movie out.

Not horrible, mind you, but I feel that perhaps a different director could have REALLY tightened up the tone and performances CONSIDERABLY, thus much more powerfully engaging the audience and drawing them into the film, instead of giving us the feeling that we were just uninvolved bystanders.

I just finished watching "The Burrowers" and it was such a waste of my time I am going to keep this short.

Photography is very good, sound is excellent, acting is convincing, the screenplay is engaging...

The first half is a bit dull with it's constantly having the characters (and the viewers) waiting for something to happen.

It's a dumb, uneventful monster flick, and the fact that it's set in yeeeeehawwwwing 19th century only makes things worse.

Comics-ish tale defies its minuscule ($7mil) budget with some fine camera-wrangling by Phil "The Devil's Rejects" Parmet, an effectively evocative score from Joseph "The Evil Dead" LoDuca, fine ensemble work from its cast (including William "Lost" Mapother, Sean Patrick "The Fountain" Thomas, Doug "The Green Mile" Hutchison, Karl "Coney Island Baby" Geary, and Clancy "Starship Troopers" Brown---look also for a brief appearance by Jocelin "The House of the Devil" Donahue), and a delightfully intelligent script from director/writer J.

Eventually you realize that The Burrowers has been slow and devoid of story.

I really enjoyed it.

Though it was a bearable movie, it was really bland.

Mildly inventive monster flick, gets progressively boring .

It is a slow burner with building tension and suspense.

For this reason, I can't give it a higher rating than 5 stars; however, because it was also really bland, I gave it a 4-star rating.

Despite my gripes, it's definitely worth viewing and ten times better than those awful and dull After Dark Horrorfest films.

Good acting, interesting horror plot, and a realistic portrayal of characters and events makes this a compelling low budget film.

If you get bored easily or just want to kill two hours steer clear of this.

"This is a typical modern western, namely slower than the growth of a snail's toe-nail.

All said and done, this movie is still very good and worth watching, at least a rent.

What would have made this movie even better, and more suspenseful than it already was, was to not really ever have the audience see The Burrowers, other than a face flashing by.

Despite the appreciation for the high, lonesome west scene, at times it just feels too drawn out and slow.

The pace of the movie is incredibly SLOW it ebbs along like a glacia climbing a hill on a hot day.

A stunning, potentially world-changing environmental message right there.

Still, Petty and company deserve some credit for preventing it from being wholly predictable, and for their blunt and honest depiction of the in-your-face racism of the time.

That should be a plus point but I found it a little tiresome.

The creatures themselves don't sport particularly innovative design, but there is at least one entertaining aspect to what they do with their victims.