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Monday, March 15, 2010

[6.25/10] The Burrowers (2008)

The Burrowers (2008)

"The Burrowers" is low-budget horror/western that stands somewhere between total pap and inspired genius. The first half is a bit dull with it's constantly having the characters waiting for something to happen. In the second half everything gets better, apparently even the directing! Actual suspense begins to build and the encounters with the Indians begin to become increasingly bizarre. The atmosphere becomes more sinister and the movie begins to take on the aspects of a nightmare in which you can't wake up. The acting was on par, as good as it will get in a "horror" movie. The creature effects are rather good, and it was refreshing to see only a partial use of CGI, as well as the inventive fate of the victims. The finale is pretty harrowing. The atmosphere in the movie is satisfactory. For the most part, it really felt like the 1800's. There were a few scenes during the night that seemed like it was too well lit for an era that didn't have electricity but over all, the set was well done. "The Burrowers" is much better than most straight to DVD releases. It's original, scary and pretty watchable!

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