The Burrowers

  • Directors: JT Petty
  • Producers: Peter Block, Alex Franklin, Robert Hall, Lauren Kisilevsky, William Sherak, Jason Shuman, Alton Walpole
  • Writers: JT Petty
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller, Western
  • Actors: Clancy Brown, William Mapother, Laura Leighton, Sean Patrick Thomas, Robert Ri chard

When a family of Dakota Territory pioneers is violently abducted and a posse is assembled to venture into the badlands and rescue them, the frightening truth they discover in the hills leads them to believe man may not be the only hunter stalking the Old West. The year is 1879, and beyond the fringes of civilization a handful of courageous pioneers maintain settlements while exploring the unknown territories. One night, under the shimmering Western stars, a family from one of these settlements is brutally dragged into darkness by a group of unknown invaders. At first the kidnappers are thought to be hostile Native Americans, and a posse forms to bring the family back home safely. Venturing out into the unmapped territories is an Irish immigrant desperate to find his lost love, a naïve teen eager to prove his worth, a former slave seeking his fortune after gaining his freedom, and a hardened pair of battle-weary Indian fighters. But nature’s wrath and the tomahawks of hostile tribes aren’t the only threats that this group will be forced to contend with, because as the bodies begin to multiply and the truth about the abductors gradually emerges, these rescuers will find out that there are forces in this world that can’t be described in human terms — and that seem to have motivations beyond our comprehension.

A species, called “Burrowers” by the Natives, used to subsist on buffalo. When white settlers depleted the Buffalo the species began to survive on human meat – first hunting nearby Indians and later the settlers. One tribe in particular, the Ute, have experience in combating the hunter-species. The “Burrowers” first lace their victims by cutting them and drugging them with a toxin. The victim is then buried alive and eaten only after decomposition has begun. By the time the film’s protagonists meet up with the Ute their number is severely depleted, but the Ute method of drugging someone already infected with “Burrower” toxin proves effective. When the “Burrowers” go to eat the twice drugged victim they themselves fall asleep and are vulnerable, especially to the rays of the sun. However, the surviving member of the posse, the Irishman Coffey, is unable to discover exactly what the Ute used to drug the “Burrowers”. The film ends with the suggestion that the “Burrower” attacks will continue. In addition to the environmental message about changing ecosystems the film assesses prevailing attitudes towards Blacks and Natives amongst the settlers in the West, with especial focus on the brutality of the US cavalry.

Repo The Genetic Opera

  • Directors: Darren Lynn Bousman
  • Producers: Darren Lynn Bousman, Mark Burg, Oren Koules, Peter Block, Yoshiki Hayashi
  • Writers: Darren Smith, Terrance Zdunich
  • Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Musical
  • Actors: Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, Bill Moseley, Ogre, Terrance Zdunich, Sarah Power

The movie is set in the year 2056; 26 years after an epidemic of organ failures devastated the planet. Out of the tragedy, the Bio-Tech Company GeneCo, run by Rotti Largo, emerged to provide organ transplants to the needy populace. Through his efforts, Rotti also got approval to create the Repo Men, assassins dispatched to deal with customers who default on their payments. In the present time, 17 year-old Shilo Wallace explores the cemetery where her mother is entombed. Hiding from GeneCop searchlights, she runs into the GraveRobber, a dealer of an addictive, expensive, painkiller Zydrate. Encountering GeneCops, Shilo passes out and awakens in her house, where her overprotective father, Nathan, has kept her locked all her life. Shilo has been suffering from an apparent blood disease inherited from her mother, Marni, who died taking a “cure” invented by Nathan. While Shilo believes he is a doctor, Nathan is actually one of GeneCo’s Repo Men.

Meanwhile, Rotti Largo, who is dying, views Shilo as a possible heir. He refuses to consider his bickering children, Luigi Largo, Pavi Largo, and Amber Sweet, viewing them as “vultures and ingrates.” Rotti, formerly Nathan’s rival for Marni’s affections, and secretly, her killer, asks Shilo to meet with him at the cemetery. When they meet, Rotti tells Shilo of a cure for her condition before introducing her to his GeneCo Genetic Opera’s star singer, Blind Mag. While Blind Mag announces her retirement to the public, Shilo is taken to a tent to be guarded by a few henchgirls. Unfortunately, her father calls her during work to remind her to take her medicine, which nearly causes Nathan to come home early.

Arriving at Shilo’s house to invite her to the Genetic Opera, Mag reveals to her that she is her godmother. After she warns Shilo to not make the same mistakes she did, Nathan arrives home and kicks Mag out. This prompts an argument between Nathan and Shilo, which ends when Nathan slaps her, causing her to pass out. Later that night, the characters converge at the Genetic Opera. At the performance, Amber’s stage debut bombs when her face falls off. During Mag’s performance, she gouges out her eyes and is dropped to her death by Rotti onto a metal fence. After convincing the audience it was part of the show, Rotti instructs Shilo to capture the Repo Man for her cure. Attacking the Repo Man back stage with a shovel, Shilo discovers, to her horror, that it’s her father. Rotti then reveals to Shilo that her condition was caused by “medication” provided by Nathan, who says that he did so to keep her from the outside world. When Shilo refuses to accept Rotti’s offer to inherit GeneCo by killing off her father, Rotti shoots Nathan himself before expiring from his disease. After she and her father exchange final goodbyes, Shilo leaves the stage, free from her Genetic destiny. The following day, as revealed by the GraveRobber, Shilo turned down inheriting GeneCo. Instead, Amber took over and auctioned off her face to charity. Pavi won after Luigi killed the top 3 bidders.