People in the Old West had a lot to worry about such as bad weather, outlaws and bad politicians. Hollywood has had fun setting some creepy stories in the Old West; some of the story lines work, others do not. Considering the fact that a lot of legends are centuries old, why couldn’t some of the legends from Europe explain some of the things that happened to people back then?
I love movies; I have seen flicks in all genres, Western Horror at first seemed like a joke. For example, “Billy The Kid Meets Dracula” was about all the western horror I grew up with. In the last couple of decades however, movie makers have done much better. Here are ten western horror movies you should see. Add them to your movie night and collection. They may be viewed online, rented or purchased at various merchants.
Mad At The Moon (1992)
Unusual husband and wife teams are not unusual. A young, romantic dreamer marries a mild-manner farmer who does not seem interested in sex or any kind of physical contact. He puts a gun to his own head to make his point. He boards up their house from the inside and tells her that no matter what, don’t let him in. Sound interesting? Every full moon, he goes through a few changes. Nice of him to try to protect the bride he won’t touch. The movie is somewhat slow, but worth having in a horror collection.
Dead Birds (2004)
This is a good movie that proves crime doesn’t pay, even in the Old West. A group of Confederate deserters decides to rob a stage in order to get money for their new lives. While they are being pursued, a storm comes up, forcing them to seek shelter. They choose an abandoned farmhouse. All seems standard fare so far, but this is a horror story. The house isn’t exactly empty on all planes of existence, and that’s when things get interesting. You’ll be riveted to your seat when you watch this movie. I suggest watching it in the daytime, and staying out of old, abandoned-looking farmhouses.
Jonah Hex (2010)
Jonah Hex is a former Confederate soldier whose family was murdered because he wouldn’t join a bloodthirsty commander bent on destruction. This isn’t “Pale Rider.” Jonah lingers between life and death; an Indian medicine man brings him back, but he brings a little of the other world with him. He has the ability to speak to the dead. He’s offered a tracking job in exchange for prosecution immunity from crimes he’s committed. This is a fast-paced, action packed movie that is enjoyable from beginning to end. I’m proud to call it part of my collection.
This Wesley Snipes film is set in the Old West. Snipes plays a gunman brought back from the dead through a deal his mother makes with the Devil. The problem is, everyone he kills is brought back, too, as a flesh-eating, thinking, speaking zombie. This is not the average zombie movie; it’s worth watching anytime.
Exit Humanity (2011)
This is one of the best zombie flicks I have ever seen. An outbreak of the undead occurs during the Civil War; one soldier is trying to stay alive and locate his family. Unfortunately for him, they were killed and have become one of the creatures. He meets a young woman and they seek refuge at an old woman’s house; she’s as creepy as the undead. In fact, she knows a great deal about them; she’s their creator. It turns out a spell she unleashed started the whole thing and she doesn’t know how to undo it. Meanwhile, there’s a group of Union deserters who are after the pair. They have motives of seeking treasure, but also of finding immunity to the creatures’ bites. The movie is more about human interaction in the face of it all than focusing on the zombies. You’ll want to see this film over and over; it’s beautifully filmed, acted and narrated by Brian Cox.
The Quick and the Undead (2006)
A viral outbreak has turned most of the world into zombies. Society is rebuilding, it has regressed to the days of the Old West. The solution to taking the zombies out in large numbers is to place a bounty on them. This story is about one of the hunters; there’s more to survive than just zombies, there’s the competition. To prove a hunter bagged a zombie, he or she has to bring in proof- not the whole body, a pinkie finger is enough. Since the numbers of zombies has dwindled and the field isn’t as full as it used to be, a competitor has an idea. You’re going to love the idea and the ending.
Undead or Alive: A Zombedy (2007)
This movie is a hoot. A small western town is concerned about who is dating whom when a zombie outbreak is under way. Naturally, no one knows why Ben goes crazy and eats the brains of his wife and daughter. He’s sent to the gallows, which doesn’t work. Only the niece of the man who cursed them to become zombies has the answer. The name of the man who cursed them is none other than Geronimo. This movie has more twists and turns that daytime soap operas and is funny to keep up with.
The Burrowers (2008)
This is one of those rare horror movies with a fresh story. A group of courageous men venture into the unsettled territory to rescue a family, believed to be kidnapped by bandits or Utes. They soon learn that Indians or bandits have nothing to do with the family. Something that lives underground hunted and killed them. How they are stopped, or could be, can only be answered by the Utes, who are slaughtered by the US Cavalry. The end of this movie will leave you wondering if something could be out there today in the off-limits-government-lands. Hmm.
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter (1999)
This movie explains the beginning of Santanico Pandemonium, the vampire princess that wreaks havoc in a tavern for generations. Look for Danny Trejo, who is in all three movies as Razor Charlie, a nice guy until the sun goes down. It will keep you interested from start to finish.
US Army 2nd Lt. Boyd has a problem. He’s a coward. When his fort is attacked and everyone is slaughtered by the Mexican army, he hides among the dead. He inadvertently captures the Mexican commander and is promoted to Captain. Unfortunately for him, he’s assigned to guard a group of settlers in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The leader, a Col. Ives, promises a short cut that turns out to be disastrous for them. He’s a cannibal. Through events, he turns Boyd into one as well. It’s an interesting film that bears watching with a grain of salt, if you don’t mind the pun.
Your movie collection should have a diverse selection for friends, family to enjoy.
Source: The author of this article has over 40 years of experience in diverse subjects and skills such as DIY, home improvement and repair, crafting, designing, and building furniture, outdoor projects, RV’ing and a consummate movie fan.