Bone Tomahawk (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Adventure, Western
132 minutes /

User Score: 66/100

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Bone Tomahawk Review


Four men set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers.

Bone Tomahawk (2015) is an American western horror movie that I was greatly anticipating to see and was not the least bit disappointed when I finally got to see it. First-time director and second-time writer S. Craig Zahler (Asylum Blackout (2011)) excelled at making this dark humor movie with not much experience in the movie industry. The movie contains gruesome graphic scenes, gory overload, ruthless murders, a lot of suspense, thrills, horror, twist, a wonderful screenplay, cannibals, comedy and a visual feast.

Bone Tomahawk‘s opening scene gives the viewers a glimpse of how malevolent the movie will be as the scenes switch back and forth from comedy to gruesomely nasty. I felt every inch of tension building up in me as the Outlaws do their normal business and wanders farther into uncharted territory. The movie revolves around Samantha O’Dwyer (Lili Simmons - Banshee (2013), Geek Charming (2011), Fat Kid Rules the World (2012), Hollywood Is Like High School with Money (2010)) who is a doctor that was kidnapped. Sheriff Franklin Hunt ( Kurt Russell - The Thing (1982), Stargate (1994), Death Proof (2007), Grindhouse (2007)) is furious over the recent gruesome murder of a fugitive and several kidnapping cases. Hunt is not happy that these events are happening in his town, Bright Hope. Hunt leads a rescue team after Indians who kidnapped about two of the town’s citizens. Deputy Chicory ( Richard Jenkins - Step Brothers (2008), Jack Reacher (2012), The Cabin in the Woods (2012), The Visitor (2007)), John Brooder ( Matthew Fox) who is an experienced gunslinger, Samantha’s husband Arthur O’Dwyer ( Patrick Wilson) joins the search mission. They are about to come in combat with people who will sexually assault their mother and eat their family members. Hunt is hoping that his deputy and Samantha has not been consumed by the cannibals as yet.

The cannibal movie did have a slow build up although it was creepy scary, and there was a little boredom felt in the 133-minute movie. I was in disbelief upon seeing the flesh-eating cannibalistic people and how gory it was. The Indians were shown as primal monsters, and that may offend some viewers. It was funny to see John (Matthew Fox) not letting anyone forget that he killed 100 Indians, it was truly funny. I found the first act and third act to be the best in this film whereas the second act appeared to be dragged on with misfired jokes. I cannot wait to see more movies from director Zahler, who has a strong vision and excellent writing skills. The cinematographer excelled on making some spectacular scenes. The actors all did a wonderful job with their respective roles, and I could not find any flaws. Overall the movie was a blast to watch, and it was a change as it was set in the Western era.

About Bone Tomahawk 2015

Title: Bone Tomahawk
Year: 2015
Runtime: 132 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Adventure, Western
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.25/5 stars from 64 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 64
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Sid Haig, Kurt Russell, Michael Paré, Richard Jenkins, David Arquette, Sean Young, David Midthunder, Alex Meraz, Jamison Newlander, Kathryn Morris, Ardeshir Radpour, James Tolkan, Matthew Fox, Brandon Molale, Evan Jonigkeit, Maestro Harrell, Jay Tavare, Zahn McClarnon, Mario Perez, Robert Allen Mukes, Fred Melamed, Omar Leyva, Michael Emery, Jeremy Tardy, Keith Longhorn, Susie Castaneda, Gray Wolf Herrara, Benjamin Woodruff, Raw Leiba
Writers: S. Craig Zahler
Director: S. Craig Zahler