The Borrowers (2008)
The Burrowers (2008) has a unique story line, unique group of killers, good violence, a creepy story, and genuine feel of western expansion which kept me entertained throughout. The cast reads like a reunion of old Lost Series (2004-2009) actors, starring Clancy Brown, Doug Hutchinson, and William Mapother. Written and directed by JT Petty does an admirable job with his sophomore effort on the big screen following up his Mimic 3: Sentinel (2003). The photography, acting, and script are all top notch. The film has the muted, very realistic look of such recent tough-as-nails westerns as THE PROPOSITION and DEADWOOD. Wisely, the story is allowed to breathe before the more traditional horror elements are introduced, but this is an out-and-out nerve-jangler from the first scene.
The way these very creepy and obscene looking creatures hunt for prey, their practices of preparing, and finally coming back to feast on their victims is truly horrible. Especially when it is revealed by a discovered victim that despite appearance the victims seem to be awake and aware from the time of being attacked to the inevitability of being eaten alive. A few twist at the end add a sense of despair as the inevitable belief of so many seemingly educated men making wrong assumptions and killing innocent victims themselves, as well as destroying vital pieces of knowledge needed to fight the creatures in future encounters makes for a very bitter pill to the love struck hero determined to avenge his love and survive any future encounters with the Burrowers. Very entertaining film.
Written and Directed by J.T. Petty