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The Burrowers
Reviewed by S. Matthew Doner-Pond, © 2010

Format: Movie
By:   J.T. Petty
Genre:   Horror
Review Date:   February 26, 2010
Audience Rating:   R
RevSF Rating:   8/10 (What Is This?)

My wife likes horror movies of all qualities. Scare-fests, gore-fests, spook-fests. Pretty much any sort of fear related -fest is something she'll enjoy.

When The Burrowers arrived in the mail, I had no idea what it was about. At first glance I'd thought it was a movie about The Borrowers, which is a kids' book. My ignorance was a good thing for two reasons. One, was able to watch this movie with no bias, and two, the idea of little people living in the walls and taking my stuff kind of creeps me out.

What I discovered was a surprisingly pleasing, creepy little story with a bevy of disturbing imagery and solid performances all around, up to and including the horses.

The story centers around Irishman Fergus Coffey, whose courting is interrupted by the untimely disappearance of his girl and her family. A posse is gathered to track the culprits, who are believed to be local Indian tribe. What they find is something else altogether.

We almost didn't realize that John Clay, the leader of the civilian posse, was played by Clancy Brown. That's right, Cowboy Kurgan! His beard was covering up the massive sword scar, I guess.

Everything about this movie hits where it's supposed to, from the lighting that makes you feel the oppressive darkness but doesn't leave you squinting at the screen, to the shudder-inducing way the burrowers move. The scene in which a young man is rendered helpless by the burrowers sticks with me to this very day.

Everyone from the insane cavalry captain to Fergus gets their characters fleshed out very well. There's no solid hero in this film, just a lot of people trying to make it through the night. If there are issues to be had with this film, it's you won't enjoy it if you're not in the right mood. It's a gritty, grim work that makes you feel like you've been dragged through the dirt, which, considering the theme of the movie, is probably a good thing. Probably.

I give this movie 8 out of 10. Minus one for the replay value, which is minimal, and minus one for some costume issues my wife had.

So yeah, I dug The Burrowers (rimshot).

S. Matthew Doner-Pond moves in a way that is also shudder inducing.

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