The horror Western is a crossgenre of both the horror and Western genres. It has it roots in films such as Curse of the Undead (1959), featuring Michael Pate as a vampire gunfighter; and Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966), which depicts the real-life outlaw Billy the Kid fighting against the fictional vampire Dracula.[1]

Newer examples include Near Dark (1987) directed by Kathryn Bigelow, which tells the story about a human falling in love with a vampire.[1] From Dusk till Dawn (1996) by Robert Rodriguez deals with outlaws battling vampires. Vampires (1998), by John Carpenter, is about a group of vampires and vampire hunters looking for an ancient relic in the Old West. Ravenous (1999) concerns cannibalism at a remote United States Army outpost and The Burrowers (2008) is about a band of trackers who are stalked by the titular creatures. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) depicts Abraham Lincoln's life as a secret vampire hunter.[2] Bone Tomahawk (2015), one of the most recent entries in the genre, received wide critical acclaim for its tale of cannibalism, but like many other films in the genre, it was not a commercial success.[3][4]

Among games which combine the two genres, Deadlands is an alternate history role-playing game.[5] Undead Nightmare (2010), an expansion to Red Dead Redemption (2010) is an example of a video game in the genre, telling the tale of a zombie outbreak in the Old West.[6]


  1. ^ a b Newman 1990, p. 177.
  2. ^ "Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (15)". British Board of Film Classification. June 11, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  3. ^ Godfrey, Alex (February 15, 2016). "Best Western: Why Bone Tomahawk Became a Gunslinging Cult Hit". The Guardian. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "Bone Tomahawk (2015) – Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  5. ^ "Review: Deadlands". Shadis. Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) (30). 1996.
  6. ^ Steimer, Kristine (October 27, 2010). "Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Review". IGN. Retrieved August 4, 2021.