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10 Best Horror Westerns

Wendigos! Subterranean monsters! Cowboys vs zombies! Haunted Plantations!

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When it comes to genre mash-ups, sometimes the strangest combinations make for the most appealing cinematic fare.

After all, slapstick comedies and martial arts movies don't sound like the most obvious bedfellows. But the likes of Stephen Chow and Jackie Chan have built entire careers from fusing the two unexpectedly harmonious styles.

Meanwhile equally incongruous genres like film noir and sci-fi have given viewers unexpected classics like Blade Runner, Dark City, and... Well, and the entire genre of cyberpunk, really.

On this note, it's heard to imagine that Westerns and horrors go together well. After all, cowboys had imminent death by gunfight, highwayman hold ups, and getting lost on the arid frontier to worry about. Vampires, ghosts, and undead ghouls were hardly top of the list when it came to their fears.

And yet...

Much like WhatCulture's recent run down of the best wilderness horrors, the milieu of Westerns is a surprisingly solid fit for the horror films. After all, the genre is set in a lawless world filled with vast empty expanses where anything may lurk in the shadows...

With that in mind, this list is here to bring you the best examples of cross genre hybrids which fuse slashers, zombies, and the undead with a wild west setting.

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