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The Burrowers (2008)

  • Rate: 5.8/10 total 3,383 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller | Western
  • Runtime: Canada:96 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Filming Location: Bonanza Creek Ranch - 15 Bonanza Creek Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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The Burrowers (2008)


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  • IMDb page: The Burrowers (2008)
  • Rate: 5.8/10 total 3,383 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller | Western
  • Runtime: Canada:96 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Filming Location: Bonanza Creek Ranch – 15 Bonanza Creek Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
  • Budget: $7,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: J.T. Petty
  • Stars: Clancy Brown, David Busse and William Mapother
  • Original Music By: Joseph LoDuca   
  • Plot Keyword: Dakota Territory | Death | Underground | Night | American Indian

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • J.T. Petty  writer

Known Trivia

  • WILHELM SCREAM: During the ambush in the woods, an Indian screams after getting shot.
  • J.T. Petty wrote the first draft of the script, originally titled ‘10,000 Little Indians’, around 2002.
  • The look of the creatures evolved over three years of concept sketches.
  • Shot in 22 days.
  • Doug Hutchison insisted that his character should have handlebar mustache.

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

Story: A band of courageous men sets out to find and recover a family of settlers that has mysteriously vanished from their home. Expecting the offenders to be a band of fierce natives, the group prepares for a routine battle. But they soon discover that the real enemy stalks them from below.Written by Anonymous  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Peter Block known as executive producer
  • Robert Hall known as co-producer
  • Lauren Kisilevsky known as co-producer
  • John Sacchi known as executive producer
  • William Sherak known as producer
  • Jason Shuman known as producer
  • Alton Walpole known as line producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Clancy Brown known as John Clay
  • David Busse known as Young Bluecoat
  • William Mapother known as William Parcher
  • Jocelin Donahue known as Maryanne Stewart
  • Alexandra Edmo known as Faith (as Alex Edmo)
  • Brighid Fleming known as Little Sister
  • Karl Geary known as Fergus Coffey
  • Christopher Hagen known as Father
  • Doug Hutchison known as Henry Victor
  • Galen Hutchison known as Dobie Spacks
  • Laura Leighton known as Gertrude Spacks
  • Harley Coriz known as Short Ute
  • Suzi McLaughlin known as Mother
  • Tatanka Means known as Tall Ute
  • David Midthunder known as Dull Knife
  • Jon Kristian Moore known as Big Brother
  • Anthony Parker known as Ten Bear
  • Cole Resch known as Little Brother
  • R.J. Rice known as Black Bluecoat
  • Sean Patrick Thomas known as Walnut Callaghan
  • Bonnie Morgan known as Burrower #1
  • Chris Grabher known as Burrower #2
  • Seri DeYoung known as Audrey
  • Trip Davis known as Thin Bluecoat (uncredited)
  • Stephanie Marie Delgado known as Burrower #3 (uncredited)
  • Robert Ri'chard known as (uncredited)
  • Hannah Rodananta known as Burrower #4 (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • David A. Brooke known as special makeup effects artist
  • Robert Hall known as creature effects designer: Almost Human Inc.
  • Paula Jane Hamilton known as key makeup artist: Los Angeles
  • Glen Hanz known as sculptor: Almost Human, Inc.
  • Allan B. Holt known as special makeup effects artist
  • Yvette Meely known as assistant hair stylist
  • Liza Norris known as contact lens technician
  • Erik Porn known as key artist: Almost Human
  • William 'Barcode' Rosa known as special makeup effects artist
  • J. Nathan Simmons known as special makeup effects intern
  • Sheila Trujillo known as key assistant makeup
  • Emily Vaughn known as contact lenses
  • Corey Welk known as special makeup effects assistant: Almost Human, Inc.

Art Department:

  • Mark Bankins known as on-set dresser
  • Pierre Barrera known as set dresser: day player
  • Lou Boggs known as propmaker
  • Brian Ferguson known as leadman: additional photography
  • Marisa Frantz known as set designer
  • Lyn Gawron known as art department coordinator
  • Bobbi Jo Gonzales known as property master
  • Joel Goodell known as lead man
  • Linda R. Gore known as set dresser
  • The Chris Holme known as art director: additional photography
  • Russell M. Jaeger known as production designer: additional photography
  • Ester Kim known as assistant property master
  • Sara Krueger known as art department coordinator: additional photography
  • Jess Levy known as storyboard artist
  • Andy Linderkamp known as propmaker
  • Dale Lotreck known as construction utility
  • Jerad Marantz known as concept artist
  • Nichole Miller known as on-set greens: day player
  • Nichole Miller known as set dresser: day player
  • Robbie Mueller known as set dresser
  • Karen C. Schmidt known as stand-by painter: re-shoot
  • Danelle Vierkant known as creature designer




Production Companies:

  • Blue Star Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • DTC Grip & Electric  grip and lighting equipment
  • Deluxe Post-Production  post-production facilities
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance
  • No Stone Unturned Security & Investigative Services  set security (as Angels Security)
  • PIC Agency  titles
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Sonic Magic  adr recording


  • Eagle Films (2008) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Lionsgate (2009) (UK) (DVD)
  • Lionsgate (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Maple Pictures (2008) (Canada) (all media)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2008) (Romania) (all media)
  • RCV Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Finland) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Almost Human (creature effects)
  • Invisible Pictures (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Kyle Boylen known as digital compositor
  • Noel Hooper known as visual effects supervisor
  • Haydn Masuda known as digital artist
  • John Moores known as on-set supervisor
  • Christa Tazzeo known as visual effects producer
  • Neil Williamson known as visual effects executive producer

Release Date:

  • Canada 9 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival) (premiere)
  • USA 21 September 2008 (Austin Fantastic Fest)
  • Spain October 2008 (Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • USA 11 October 2008 (Screamfest Film Festival)
  • France 28 January 2009 (Gérardmer Film Festival)
  • France 2 April 2009 (Lyon L'Étrange Festival)
  • Netherlands 19 April 2009 (Imagine Film Festival)
  • USA 21 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 3 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • UK 13 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 14 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 5 March 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • France 22 February 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 23 June 2011 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for violence and gore



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. robert5692 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:50 pm

    I really enjoyed it. It cleverly mixes a Western with a funcreature-feature, striving to keep the best parts of both genres. Theway in which the creatures prey on people is very creative and fresh,and allows for some disturbing imagery throughout. The acting, too,helped keep the premise believable, despite how bizarre it starts toget. One of the weaknesses of the film, however, was that it took toolong to get going…and felt a little too slow in key parts. Theclimax, on the other hand, is strong and worth the wait. If you feellike watching an elevated horror film…this is definitely one to keepin mind.

  2. contact-1023 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:50 pm

    A surprisingly good film for the horror genre. It's not a trulyoutstanding film, but it is a fine flick to rent and sip some beers andeat some popcorn while watching. The acting is pretty good in this filmsave for Doug Hutchison who's a bit over-the-top in his portrayal ofthe racist army captain. Racial undertones are presented throughoutthis movie: how whites treat Indians, blacks, and even certain whiteethnic groups.

    This movie is really more of Western that happens to have some horrorelements thrown in. Go into it expecting to watch a "cowboys andIndians" film and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Most of theviolence in this film is man against man rather than man againstmonster. The "burrowers" themselves are a bit disappointing oncerevealed, mostly because of the poor CGI. The final battle is not assatisfying as I thought it would be, but the extremely dark anddepressing ending was well done. This film is much better than moststraight to DVD releases.


  3. chaos-rampant from Greece
    30 Mar 2012, 9:50 pm

    For a movie probably pitched as "Tremors in the old West", TheBurrowers turned out to be a pleasant surprise, a movie almost betterthan it has any right to be or at least better than one would expectgiven its budget and straight-to-DVD status. Unlike the vast majorityof western horror hybrids it works so well exactly because it takes itswestern self as serious, if not more so, than its horror one. Eventhough it's made like a horror movie, comes with all the genericparaphernalia of one (jump scares, loud sound cues, etc.), and pandersto the straight-to-DVD Lionsgate audience more than western loyalists,it still convinces that its western credentials have as much place init as the horror hijinks, that they're not mere exotic props to bewielded as diversions from the usual clichés of another monster movie.Before the rather forgettable schlock of the finale, the movie hassoaked up enough eerie frontier atmosphere of wide open prairies,deserted Indian camps and abandoned wagons, to make the creaturefeature aspect seem almost redundant. And in doing meets NeilMarshall's The Descent and Dog Soldiers in equal terms. Let's face it,the Old West could be a pretty terrifying place without us having toadd supernatural touches to make it scarier 150 years later. This Ibelieve is The Burrowers' greatest success: it earns its horrorcredentials by remaining serious within its western setting.

    That's not to say it's gonna win any accolades for originality. Butit's competently made sufficiently acted and well lensed to holdtogether at the seams. If the prospect of a western creature featuresounds like something you would enjoy, The Burrowers will rise to theoccasion and try and please. If not then it never had a chance withyou. Fans of both westerns and horror (two genres that sadly don't mixas often as they should, still waiting for the filmic equivalent of aBlood Meridian to prove it) will have a ball, traditionalists of eitherwill probably cock an eyebrow.

  4. JJ GG from Florida
    30 Mar 2012, 9:50 pm

    It is difficult to come up with new ideas for a horror movie. Perhapsthat is why this movie feels like it has elements of many otherwell-known movies. Regardless of that fact, this movie is a greatpiece. The plot develops naturally. Characters are well defined. Thereis no happy ending, but instead an almost poetic one.

    This is the story of the tough people who made a country, good and bad,and the people they displaced, good and bad as well. Some commentsabout this movie try to use this forum as a platform for politicalpropaganda (i.e. calling the representation of well documented armyhistory "liberal crap")… do not be fooled. This movie is about storytelling, not about political agendas, neither liberal nor conservative.

    The movie does not show as a low-budget production. Photography is verygood, sound is excellent, acting is convincing, the screenplay isengaging… this director is a talented person.

    Do yourself a favor: do not miss this one.

  5. ElijahCSkuggs from Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane
    30 Mar 2012, 9:50 pm

    A western horror movie with creatures? Yeah, that's really all you needto know if you want to see this or not. Hey, you may not like it, butat the same time you may love it. I'm in the middle ground.

    Story revolves around a rescue mission of sorts. The native Americansare blamed and that's where the rescue team is headed. Well, during thepursuit, people are mysteriously disappearing during the night. Andwhat the hell are those weird holes in the ground? And why is the younggirl they found not reacting to anything? Find out this and more in TheBurrowers.

    Like I said before, creatures in a western horror movie. That should beenough for you to make up your mind. If it's not enough, I can say thatthe creatures are pretty cool and the idea behind them is prettyoriginal. But, you don't see them very often, and when you do,occasionally, they're in CGI form, but not always. And when not in CGIform, they look pretty sweet. My biggest gripe with the flickis….anything non-creature related. I just didn't give a damn aboutany of the rescue mission or the social-commentary or anything. Call meimmature, call me a dumby, but hey, I like me some creatures, and thesewere pretty cool creatures, so it really grabbed all of my attention.

    The Burrowers was a pretty slick lookin flick, with nice shots ofrugged New Mexico, decent music, cool creatures (have I mentionedthat??), a gaggle of carefree characters (especially Doug Hutchinson)and a pretty weak ending. The flick is a pretty mixed bag. It's apretty solid rental, that you may just end up really enjoying. Or not.

  6. KartoffelSam from Netherlands
    30 Mar 2012, 9:50 pm

    I really don't get the negative press and review this flick is getting,this is pure gold. If H.P. Lovecraft wrote a western, this wouldprobably be the story. This story doesn't need toe be blood and guts,it isn't relaing on gore, just shear suspense and story. It is a simpelstory, but such a well played one. At the start you think you know whatwill happen, but it doesn't pan out that way at all. As for the whole"evil white men' stick, well the indians weren't treated right, dealwith it white people. I think it was a pretty good representation ofthe times.

    I am sorry if I offend some people, but you would have to b a completeidiot not to love this one. On of the best horror flicks I have seensince In the Mouth of Madness. HP Lovecraft would be proud!

  7. C-Ant from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 9:50 pm

    Basically a Horror Western with heavy overtones of racial morality.

    But is it worth watching? Well, in my opinion yes. It has suspense,horror, action and of course – cowboys and Indian's, what more do youwant? Monsters? Well it's got them too. And yes, it really is as sillyas it sounds. But overall, it's a good flick to rent.

    Nothing in this film is top drawer, but it's not far off. Thecharacters are a little over the top with stereotypes, eg. Henry Victor- the Indian hating military commander (quite comical at times, whetherthis was intentional I don't know), the Irish settler, the 'token'black guy. The overtones of racial morality are present throughout,almost as though this is supposed to be a tale about 'loving thyneighbour'. I can understand why they did this, It's set in the late1800's and the Indians were the bogeymen at the time, but it's a bitoverdone IMO. Anyway, it's not about 'loving thy neighbour' it's aboutmonsters…keeping it real.

    Overall, Cowboys, Indians and Monsters (just missing the voluptuousblond I guess). Grab a few beers and rent this film.


  8. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    30 Mar 2012, 9:50 pm

    On 11 August 1879, in the Dakota Territories, the Irish Fergus Coffey(Karl Geary) intends to propose his beloved Maryanne Stewart; howeverher family is attacked apparently by the Sioux and they vanish. Fergusjoins to the experienced John Clay (Clancy Brown) and William Parcher(William Mapother) and a teenager to track down the family of settlers.Along their journey, the team-up with the army troop led by thesadistic and racist Captain Henry Victor (Doug Hutchison) that alsobelieves that the Sioux are responsible for the abduction of thefamilies in the territory. The quartet has friction with Henry anddecides to ride without the escort of the army and the black cookCallaghan (Sean Patrick Thomas) decides to travel with the group. Afteran Indian attack in the woods, the survivors discovers that the Siouxare not responsible for the slaughters but actually a pack ofcarnivorous creatures from underground called The Burrowers and theyhave to fight to survive.

    "The Burrowers" is a creepy, original, weird and brutal film in theenvironment of the Wild West, with good special effects. However theseeffects are too graphic and gruesome and most of the characters arenon- likable. Doug Hutchison, from X-Files, performs a sadistic andracist captain of the army and his character is really hateful. Theconclusion is pessimist and the black humor never works. My vote issix.

    Title (Brazil): "Escavadores" ("Burrowers")

  9. merklekranz from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:50 pm

    The idea of underground creatures menacing the old west was wellportrayed in "Tremors 4". "The Burrowers" adds some interesting twistsrelating to why these burrowing beasties appeared, and the Indians wayof dealing with them. The film opens strong with a slaughtered family,and everyone wrongly blaming the Indians. What follows is a prolongedhunt for the hostiles. Unfortunately character development issacrificed in favor of hitting the trail. A lot of effort went into theburrower monsters, with not a hint of c.g.i., and unfortunately it ismostly wasted in the barely discernible night attacks. Another glaringproblem is the lack of subtitles for the cowboys, as their mumbledjargon is no easier to understand than the Indians language which issubtitled. Somewhere in here is an intriguing movie, but "TheBurrowers" obvious flaws are objectionable. – MERK

  10. StacheHunter ( from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:50 pm

    The horror author Manly Wade Wellman wrote a series of stories back inthe late 1930s about "Hillbilly John", a traveling musician who oftenran into supernatural events or creatures in the backwoods. "TheBurrowers" could have been written by Wellman, for all its 1879settings in the Dakotas and the eventual collision between cowboys,Indians, and monsters. The "horror Western" is certainly not a newidea, there are examples as far back as 1957's "Curse of the Undead"which features a gunslinging vampire, or even more ridiculously, "Billythe Kid VS Dracula" or "Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter" fromthe mid-1960s. The intermixing of two very specific genres is trickybusiness, but "Burrowers" pretty much succeeds in this interbreeding.It's leisurely paced to build atmosphere until the climax, which isundoubtedly why many people dislike it. For audiences now somethingneeds to explode every few minutes or their attention wanders. Here,you actually have to wait to see what's causing all the disappearancesinstead of having the creatures thrown in your face during the firstfive minutes. There are no horny teenagers, no gratuitous nudity, andno "jump scares" caused by loud noises or music. In many ways, themovie is a throwback to the 1950s, since the creatures are not fullyshown until the last third of the movie. The first half of the moviecould reasonably be tightened up though, but the ending is worth thewait. Some reviewers call the ending weak, or lame, but how should ithave ended? With some hell-raising bikini cowgirl blasting everythingin sight and leaving the ending wide open for a sequel? It'sunfortunate that this movie will not be seen widely since there's noJigsaw, Freddy, or Jason out on the prairie.

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