Spread the word - the scariest, most exciting Western for years (by phd_travel)
Wow! This original and very scary Western has set new standards for the genre. The heroism is refreshingly traditional but the tension hasn't been seen before. A group of four men sets off to rescue those who are kidnapped from a cannibalistic tribe in unchartered territory.The story is very well written with a good balance of heroism, humor and horror. The reason it's so scary is you get to know and like the characters first and want them all to survive. And they are all played by leading actors who look just perfect in their Western get up and often play heroes. When the rescuers go <more>
into unchartered territory every minute is suspenseful. The ordeal with Patrick Wilson's injured leg is so effective you can almost cringe along with him in pain. Kurt Russell is in his best Western role since Tombstone - his wise gruff demeanor is just spot on as the sheriff. Matthew Fox is well cast as the elegant but ruthless man with a history with the Indians. Comic relief is provided deputy sheriff played by an unrecognizable Richard Jenkins. The humor throughout is original with some genuinely funny dialog. The supporting cast of women is good too, consisting of Kathryn Morris, Sean Young and Lili Simmons.The lack of music is unique and turns out to be more effective and gives a realistic feel to the movie compared to old Westerns where there were some overused themes.There are a few very violent parts but they are part of the story and are relevant to the story. The opening scene and in the cave. The ones in the cave - you know when they are coming so you can cover your eyes and still enjoy 99% of the movie. I haven't been scared in a movie for some time but I was quite terrified in this one. Watch out for anything from this excellent writer director S._Craig_Zahler.
Don't try to predict the movie or compare it to others and you will enjoy it (by joshuahitch)
This movie is raw and gritty but due to the slow build up in character development you gain an emotional attachment to the actors and actresses. When you think about it they have a 2hr period in which they have to bring you into there world and make you feel the way they do. This movie does that better than most high budget movies. By taking out the music you hear things that you normally wouldn't so you become focused on every sound foot steps, cutting with a knife. Remember real life has no music and because of that your eyes become the main sensory organ so the movie burns into <more>
memory. And anyone who says there should have been screaming when the deputy meets his end then you have never been truly scared. You become silent or agessive and both were played perfectly in that scene. Fight or flight. Great movie, great acting.
Stark, brutally unflinching western (by NateWatchesCoolMovies)
Bone Tomahawk is a film that takes your expectations, stabs them in the face and hacks out its own uniquely paced narrative that ducks clichés, clings to authentic realism and knows how to both get you invested in character, and put your hairs on end when these people you've come to love get put through unimaginable horrors in the third act. When a movie with a running time of two hours and fifteen minutes has me wishing it was longer, it's gotta be doing something right. This one does pretty much everything right. Starting with the script as it's the first thing you notice, <more>
there's a faithful dedication to the actual old west vernacular on display, resulting in shakespearian exchanges that call to mind David Milch's iconic Deadwood. Then there's the writing itself; characters interact about mundane things and gradually through idle talk and restless banter we grow attached to these wildly different people. Then there's the frank brutality of the harrowing third act, much anticipated, and as a result of the film taking its time getting there, we get all the more horrified when the bloodshed hits us in measured, stark quality. Kurt Russell can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned, and he makes a stout hearted protagonist here as Sheriff Franklin Hunt, his rule of law abiding in a small southern community. When local girl Mrs. O Dwyer Lilli Simmons and several others are kidnapped by a clan of cannibalistic cave dwelling troglodytes, Hunt forms a four man posse to set out into the wild and rescue them. Along with him is Mr. O Dwyer, played by Patrick Wilson, another actor who doesn't ever miss a beat for me, making fascinating work of an awkward role. Richard Jenkins, always stellar, plays childlike Deputy Chicory, an amiable, talkative dude with a kind disposition that shines forth even in the most hopeless of situations. Matthew Fox surprised me by shedding his clean cut nice guy image for a clean cut badass image, as dapper, no nonsense pistol packer John Brooder, sporting a fancy suit and a lack of moral high ground. David Arquette and horror vet Sid Haig play lowlife bandits, and there's a juicy supporting cast including Michael Paré, Sean Young, Kathryn Morris, Eddie Spears and Fred Melamed. What floored me and made the film stuck in my mind so much is the sheer lack of phoning it in or cutting corners by anyone involved. When I heard about this project I was stoked, but had worries that it would get mired in genre convention and cheap schlocky thrills. Boy was I wrong. The cave dwelling natives are absolutely terrifying, chalky white brutes that come stomping around a corner to bury a crude bone made weapon in your skull before you even realize they're there. There's a particular scene, and you'll know what I'm talking about, that's just about as disturbing as horror gets, in it's unflinching refusal to do anything by the book or show anything offscreen. When I hear 'horror western' I get a certain picture in my head, a heightened sense of style, jump scares, etc. But this one subverts that expected route and in forging it's own special aesthetic, becomes all the more horrifying and memorable.
A fresh, original blend of genres that results in a new cult classic! (by hammit)
This film is a great example of what Hollywood is sorely lacking these days: Originality! Like other reviewers have mentioned, this is slow burning western/horror flick that keeps building the suspense until the finale. It's not an edge-of-your-seat thriller that is loaded with action, but it has enough to keep your interest. It has more of a typical western feel to it in terms of character development. The dialogue is spot on for this genre. The acting is superb and plot is genuine. I think that it speaks volumes about the script given the fact that the actors signed on for minimum pay <more>
that means they WANTED to be in this film for the script and plot . The gore is definitely there for the horror fans, although I would say that if you are seeking a lot of gore, you may be disappointed. It does have some that is pretty graphic. I definitely would not let children or even some teenagers watch this, its an adult movie. If you are a fan of westerns, I think you'll like it a lot. If you are a Kurt Russell fan, you will not be disappointed this was his first western since Tombstone . Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox make an excellent supporting cast and demonstrate their acting skills well. This is a new cult classic!
Very well-made, very intriguing western/horror film. (by Red_Identity)
I expected some sort of comedy-horror/western hybrid, but what I mostly got was a serious western with noticeable horror touches thrown in until its third act, where the horror becomes even more prominent . I was surprised at how seriously the film took itself, which I now think is a strength. It could have been so easy to just make it yet another goofy horror/comedy, but what we got instead is a very restrained, very well-made, sort of classic adventure story. The directing is on point and there's a great control over the tone of the film. The decision to have so much of the film silent <more>
and without any noticeable score was a great decision. The cast is aces and the three real supporting players Fox, Russell, Jenkins all get their time to shine without anything being forced.
The most disturbing western I have ever seen... (by SpoilerAlertReviews)
An impressive directorial debut from writer S. Craig Zahler, who also wrote this gruesome, filthy western of how wild the west can really get. More so impressive that the whole film was shot in just 21 days. An outlaw drifter wanders into the town of Bright Hope unknowingly leading a tribe of savage, inbred, natives better known as Troglodytes which translates as Cave-dweller." During the night, these horrific abominations murder and kidnap some of the town folk, one being the wife of a crippled rancher, who then embarks on a rescue mission with the town sheriff, his old and incapable <more>
deputy and an over confident gunslinger. Kurt Russell heads up the rescue posse as Sheriff Hunt, slipping comfortably into his western boots. Richard Jenkins plays his ageing deputy, Patrick Wilson the limping, desperate rancher and an impressive Matthew Fox who stole the screen, as the charismatic, narcissistic know-it- all who both annoying yet strangely likable, reminding me a little of Val Kilmer's Doc Holliday in Tombstone. There's an air of mystery for the majority of the film, keeping the audience on tender hooks waiting to see what's in store for the rescue party. Are the kidnapped still alive? Dead? Or worse? While some elements are left to your imagination, you can only think of the worse, but what isn't, is nothing short of disturbing.The gory violence is shocking to watch, even just hearing the graphic noises is enough. The sound is gruesome, bloody and unsettling. The climatic end was actually painful to watch, scarring the memory making me shudder just at the thought of it. The lack of a score only intensifies the haunting atmosphere. Something has to be said for the special effects, make-up and the sound engineering that were all completely on point. I've never seen a more gory western, even more so than The Hateful Eight. The makeup and effects throughout are amazing but they really go beyond during the epic climax. There's been a few disturbing films this year, visually, Neon Demon and imagination wise, Nocturnal Animals springing to mind but this one really made me wrench covering my mouth with both hands. It's like those good horrors you're too scared to watch but find yourself mesmerised to the screen regardless. This is certainly not one for the weak stomached. Kudos to director Zahler for created a stunning western with a difference, becoming borderline horror. Running Time: 7 The Cast: 9 Performance: 8 Direction: 8 Story: 9 Script: 7 Creativity: 9 Soundtrack: 9 Job Description: 10 The Extra Bonus Points: 10 for the sound and graphic quality. 86% 9/10
Bone Tomahawk is a 2015 western-horror written and directed by S. Craig Zahler and starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins.The story follows four men, the town's sheriff Russell , a cowboy Wilson , the back-up deputy Jenkins and a gunslinger Fox who go on an expedition to retrieve a group of captives from some cannibalistic cave-dwellers. The four actors really shine in this movie, giving very good performances, especially Matthew Fox as John Brooder. It's good to see Fox in such a good role, considering he hasn't done that much since the Lost <more>
years.The movie gives us a very good look at the Old West. As the four men make their journey, we learn more and more about them and their motivations. Sheriff Franklin Hunt is a man who wants nothing more than the safety of his town and is willing to do anything to protect it. Arthur O'Dwyer is a cowboy who has a serious leg injury but still goes into this expedition, because for him the stakes are personal. Chicory is a simple-minded old deputy but with amazing loyalty for the sheriff. John Brooder is a well-dressed well- mannered gentleman who joins the ride because he is a trigger-happy gunslinger with a personal vendetta against the natives.The script is very well-written, giving us full tri-dimensional characters. Also the dialogue and the mannerisms feel very authentic, transporting you back to the Old West. As I said in the beginning, this movie is a horror-western, and that really shows in the third act. There are some brutal, gore-scenes that will not be easy to digest no pun intended for those faint of heart. One slight negative about this movie is the pacing. Sometimes it feels a little too slow, but not enough so that it will ruin your enjoyment.Bone Tomahawk is a very good movie, with an interesting premise and a nice twist on the western genre. It's a movie that could have gone wrong in so many ways, but surprisingly, it doesn't. Sporting some great characters and an intriguing storyline, Bone Tomahawk deserves an 8 out of 10!
So far one of the best horror movies this year (by jalaalkhan)
My title says it all. No other words best to describe this movie other than to say that this is the best horror/western movie this year and i would venture to say that this movie probably has taken the cup for being the best this year. If you are a fan of horror or western movies then you should definitely check it out. Kurt Russel, Patrick Williams give strong performances. All the four main characters describe one simple notion throughout the movie. Russell--A town sheriff who would do anything to fulfill his duty as a town sheriff and bring the criminals to justice. Williams--A loving <more>
husband who would do anything to bring his love back even in the face of immense odds.There are some scenes in this movie which will definitely shock you being so gory and violent and this is coming from me being a long time horror movie fan who is not easily shocked. To give you an idea how certain scenes will be imprinted in your mind for some time is like when you watched the movie Sinister and there were some scenes that you could not forget for a while.Finally do not take my word for it or someone else's and give this movie a try and then decide for yourself. You ll not be disappointed.8/10
A Strong Western with the Brutality of a Horror Film (by MattBirk)
Bone Tomahawk is about a small group of cowboys who set out in search of a group of cannibals who have kidnapped some of their townspeople, including the wife of one of the rough riders. It may sound similar to a lot of other westerns in the sense that it's a rescue story, which is somewhat true in the beginning. The first half of the movie is a great character drama as it follows the group of four for a few day and nights as they travel to their destination. This is where some people might have a problem with the film and the pacing might become an issue. During this time, we get <more>
expanded knowledge about the men involved and I found it rather entertaining because the route to their destination is just as dangerous as the destination itself. Yes, the movie could have been trimmed down by about 10-12 minutes, but it wasn't too slow that I lost interest like many others I have read did .It is during this time where acting comes into play and, for the most part, it's all on point, especially Kurt Russell! To no surprise, he is the highlight of the movie and is no one to be trifled with. He gives a very gritty and convincing performance worthy of his filmography. As well as the three other gentlemen that ride along with him, they all hit their marks even my boy Matthew Fox from LOST . The only real problem outside of the pacing is Lili Simmons' awkwardly dull performance mostly during her captivity . Normally I wouldn't point out such a small characters performance but it was seriously lacking. It could be because her character was poorly written for the type of situation she was in. For example, why was she so relaxed and showing barely any emotion in such a frightening situation? Yes she could have broken down mentally but that doesn't let her off the hook. Also her line delivery was highly questionable and her overall performance felt like dead weight.But it is the final 45 minutes of the movie that will leave everyone talking. Bone Tomahawk explodes into the horror genre with its cannibalistic violence is this the return of cannibalistic horror movies? . The action is swift, and I mean very swift, it really comes out of nowhere. And this was what I loved most about the movie, you know they are getting closer and closer to unprecedented evil but you aren't quite sure when or where they will strike. It's this trepidation that makes the final third of the movie so thrilling. They're clearly unprepared for the gauntlet that is waiting for them. I won't spoil anything but the movie really doesn't shy away from violence once they get to where they are going. Bone Tomahawk transcends from a slow moving western into a carnage fueled frenzy.