The Burrowers
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When a family of Dakota Territory pioneers is violently abducted and a posse is assembled to venture into the badlands and rescue them, the frightening truth they discover in the hills leads them to believe man may not be the only hunter stalking the Old West. The year is 1879, and beyond the fringes of civilization a handful of courageous pioneers maintain settlements while exploring the unknown territories. One night, under the shimmering Western stars, a family from one of these settlements is brutally dragged into darkness by a group of unknown invaders. At first the kidnappers are thought… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The pacing is too pokey by half, and the payoff is a wrenching disappointment."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"rewarding both as a horror film and a period piece."
‑ Keith Breese,
"At his most placid, JT Petty can make Terrence Malick look like Guy Ritchie. But when he's not going full-'bore', his quiet, creepy brand of terror works on several levels."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"J.T Petty takes viewers on an unusual and frightening venture into the Old West with The Burrowers."
‑ Johnny Butane, Dread Central
"Director J.T Petty's nasty romp followed up Alex Turner's Dead Birds (2004) and preceeded John Geddes Exit Humanity (2011) in the Old West/monster movie mash-up genre; it may well be the best of them."
‑ Simon Foster, Screen-Space
"Petty is pursuing a more measured, sympathetic take on demons that feast on the gelatinous innards of innocent victims, manufacturing a tediously wandering picture that craves substance while itching to entertain its absurd grindhouse sensibilities."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Sets you up for 'predictability' in both the western and horror departments, and then subverts those expectations time and again."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"... proves once again that the old west still isn't the ideal place to set a monster movie."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"...a sporadically entertaining yet thoroughly ineffective misfire."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Beautifully shot and tightly scripted, it's the rare Hollywood genre film that's more concerned with human relationships and behavior than the mysterious supernatural forces that sets the action in motion."
‑ Karina Longworth, SpoutBlog
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