Film and TV

Five fantastic horror Western films, in honor of Near Dark

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5) Westworld Before Michael Crichton turned to dinosaurs as the perfect antagonists in his tales of technology run amok, he used robots. Specifically, cowboy robots, which is what earns this film a spot on this list. Westworld gives us a tale of a Disneyland-style theme park populated by robots, where people live out their fantasies. Sounds fun, right? Well it is, right up to the point where the cowboy robots start shooting for real. To modern eyes, Westworld is a little cheesy, but it's still reasonably entertaining and worth a look for fans of Western-themed horror.

4) From Dusk Till Dawn Take a classic Western story like "outlaws on the lam," set it in the modern day, add a shit-ton of vampires and you have From Dusk till Dawn. This love child of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez has become something of a cult classic over the years, and it's easy to see why. A strong cast, headlined by George Clooney and Harvey Keitel, have some fun with a campy story and lots of over-the-top action, with plenty of scenery-chewing performances along the way.

3) The Burrowers Horror is a genre full of off-the-radar gems, and The Burrowers is a prime example. Set in the Dakota Territory during the late 1870s, the movie starts off looking and feeling like a classic Western: a frontier family is the victim of kidnap and murder, and a posse heads off to find the Indians who they believe are responsible. Only, it turns out the perpetrators aren't Indians, but something far stranger and more deadly, and in classic horror-movie fashion the hunters soon become the hunted. Don't let the fact that you've never heard of this one dissuade you -- it's a solid film that mixes the two genres in a way that honors both and works beautifully.

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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