Here's the first concept art from The Burrowers, the new Old-West horror film from writer/director J.T. Petty (Mimic 3). It looks like it could be a Wild West version of Cloverfield, especially since Petty says one of his main goals is to create a new monster. But the gritty historical setting will lend the movie's violence a lot more resonance than the peanut-butter-and-jelly-ness of Clovey. Click through for details.

In The Burrowers, a group of men goes out to try and find a family of settlers that has gone missing. The posse suspects that natives have killed the settlers, but the actual culprit turns out to be something much more sinister. Something deadly is stalking the men from under the ground. The posse includes Clancy Brown (Pathfinder), William Mapother (Lost) and Doug Hutchinson (The Green Mile.)


The movie takes place two years after the battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, Petty told Shocktillyoudrop. White people have pretty much wiped out the Indians, but are still terrified of them.

So you've got this giant influx of population and people are still terrified of the 2% of people who are out there, basically dirt poor and living in camps. There's a fair amount of human violence in the movie. And there are a lot of classic monster movie elements in there.

Petty's influences include classic John Ford Westerns, but also some of Guillermo Del Toro's recent monster movies, The Thing and Aliens. Best of all, the monsters will be 100 percent latex instead of CGI.


Concept art from DreadCentral. [FirstShowing]