A combination of the western genre and another genre type such as horror (Billy the Kids vs. Dracula), film noir (Pursued), martial arts (Kung Fu), or the road movie (Dead Man). The film retains the conventions of the western -- horses, six-guns, cowboys, Indians, and a desert, prairie, or small-town Western setting -- and adds to them elements of its companion genre. In Dead Man, for example, the two lead characters are certainly products of the western, but they are also involved in taking a journey to a destination of both physical and transcendental origin, true conventions of the road film. The hybrid western was born out of a desire to inject the western, a film type in danger of being stuck in a rut, with fresh blood and enable it to survive. As the western has always been the most American of films, its mating with other categories of cinema can produce a subtext which comments on the values and morals of America without directly addressing them (The Ox-Bow Incident is a western, but its copulation with the "issue drama" allows it to look at the development of racism and the mob mentality in the United States).