NIGHT OF THE TOMMYKNOCKERS (2022) Reviews of horror Western – trailer and release news

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‘When the sun goes down, they come out’
Night of the Tommyknockers is a 2022 American horror Western about miners that unwittingly unleash ancient creatures.

Directed by Michael Su (Bloodthirst; Bridge of the DoomedMy Demon WithinThe Revolting Dead) from a screenplay co-written by Rolfe Kanefsky (director of Art of the Dead; Bus Party to HellThe Black RoomThere’s Nothing Out There; et al) and Adrian Milnes (Adrenaline 2021; Bloodthirst; Bridge of the Doomed), based on a story by producers Michael Mahal and Sonny Mahal.

The Mahal Empire-Mezek Films-FilmCore co-production stars Tom Sizemore, (Monster Hunters; The Pining; 7 Deadly Sins), Richard Grieco (Attack of the Unknown; Art of the Dead; Minutes to Midnight), Robert LaSardo (Bloodthirst; Cynthia; Autopsy) and Jessica Morris (Evil Bong 666 and 777; American Exorcism; Legend of Fall Creek).

Plot:
1856: When blasting for gold a group of miners accidentally release ancient creatures known as Tommyknockers. The town of Deer Creek, Nevada is soon under siege with only a handful of survivors held up in the local saloon.

Things go from bad to worse when a gang of criminals on the run from a famous bounty hunter arrive in the town to rob the bank. Now everyone is trapped in a deadly battle against the bloodthirsty monsters, each other and their own greed…

Reviews:
“As it was with Bridge of the Doomed, this Mahal brothers film features some surprisingly familiar names, but they don’t overshadow the overall cast, who also pull their weight throughout the film. All combined results in a film that’s a lot of fun and has enough genre crossover to appeal to fans of both westerns and horror.” Joe’s Movie Reviews

“Outside of gun shots the special effects were kept to a minimum, but they always looked great, some nice wounds on characters attacked by the creatures’ claws, and an always appreciated moment of a character seeming to get their insides pulled out! […] With great creature design, and no end of action, this was a film that never lost its momentum from beginning to end.” The Rotting Zombie

“The creatures don’t feel like an afterthought tacked on, but more like a bonus. Director Michael Su captures the look and feel of a western, while never forgetting the shoot-em-up thrills. Horror fans are going to love the creature effects.” Villain Media

“The creatures are obviously men in suits, some with creepy-looking head appliances. Standard low budget and better than CGI. The gore is practical as well with plenty of the cast meeting nasty, on-screen, fates. The only noticeable CGI was an explosion, and it was as bad as I expected. The acting is a bit of a mixed bag.” 3 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony

“Gunfights! Saloon gals! Blonde babes with guns! Michael Su has given us everything we want in this film. Horror and the Old West is a combination that the Mahal Empire wisely concocted to give us all a thrilling ride. For a great action flick with blood and guns, see Night of the Tommyknockers...” Zisi Emporium for B Movies

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