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