Freaky Friday: Our Favorite Horror Westerns

Welcome to Freaky Friday, our ongoing series that highlights our extensive, awesome collection of free horror movies on Tubi TV. Whether you like slasher sequels, moody foreign films, or gore-filled comedies, we’ve got the film for your tastes. This week, we’re sharing our favorite genre-bending horror Westerns, including The Burrowers.

Near Dark

Near Dark - Horror Westerns

Katherine Bigelow’s 1987 directorial debut follows a group of vampires as they journey through the Southwest in pursuit of blood. Merging the Western with a vampire film resulted in creating one of the finest examples of the latter. Near Dark stars Adrian Pasdar, Lance Henriksen, and, of course, Bill Paxton.

 

The Burrowers

The Burrowers - Horror Westerns

This is a smart, unexpected effort in the genre from director J.T. Petty. Set in the Dakota Territory in 1879, The Burrowers is a slow burn with a big payoff. A family disappears on the frontier, but those responsible aren’t what the searchers–or the audience–thinks.

 

Bone Tomahawk

Bone Tomahawk - Horror Westerns

This is a nasty, fun piece of cinema starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins. In Bone Tomahawk, cannibals kidnap settlers and a group of men sets out to rescue them. The directorial debut of S. Craig Zahler has us wanting more from the filmmaker, with its blend of Western setting, gasp-inducing gore, and quirky humor. Do as I say and not as I do: do not watch this ultra-violent one on an airplane.

 

Ravenous

Ravenous - Horror Westerns

This cult favorite from director Antonia Bird is incredibly gross and blackly comic, all set to a killer score from Michael Nyman and Blur’s Damon Albarn. A disgraced army captain (Guy Pearce) faces off with a Scottish settler (Robert Carlyle), whose stories of his survival–and forced cannibalism–may not be entirely true.

 

For more great horror coverage, check out our friends at Dread Central. Here are their reviews of Bone Tomahawk and The Burrowers.

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