"Cowboys & Aliens" is only the latest weird, wild Western
By Brett Buckalew, Special to Metromix
The Western genre reassures through familiarity. Fans can count on certain defining elements: a stoic, macho hero of few words in a ten-gallon hat; thrilling horseback chases; a tense, pistol-drawing showdown; gorgeous vistas of rocky mountains and clear blue sky; alien ships invading a small town and zapping the populace with advanced weapons technology.
That last item comes courtesy of this week’s high-concept mash-up “Cowboys & Aliens,” which pits a band of Old West protagonists (led by Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in a highly anticipated James-Bond-meets-Indiana-Jones team-up) against an aggressive army of extraterrestrials. It's not the first time filmmakers have tried to shake up the Old West by injecting entirely unexpected, downright weird touches. Here’s a look back at 10 other unconventional films that spiked their sasparilla with crazy juice.
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