Everything about this movie was just so fucking cool! Starting from that masculine and visceral title that just screams cult to its multi-talented director and writer S. Craig Zahler. Craig is not only an accomplished writer but he also plays in two bands, and, of course, they are metal bands (one of them is a black metal project). This being said it’s no wonder that Bone Tomahawk is a masterpiece. Not to all viewers, of course. Graphic and intensely gory finale and slow-burning beginning of the movie will make a lot of people skip this one. I am here to tell you to muster all your strength and try to check it out, because it’s worth it. The script and the whole story is so immersive that you get that feeling “fuck, this is what it’s been like back then” pretty much as soon as the movie starts. That realism and life-like atmosphere is something that you rarely see in modern movies, especially westerns (with the exception of The Salvation).

bone-tomahawk-posterFollowing a robbery, two bandits are attacked by unknown assailants. One of them survives and seeks out refuge in a local saloon, raising suspicion of the town folk. Sherrif decides to check him out, eventually wounding and locking him up in jail. The next morning, he wakes up to terrible news: doctor who was tending to his wound and the bandit are gone, probably kidnapped or worse. He decides to launch a search party.

As with all good westerns, this movie has a lot of riding and dealing with the harsh life in the wild west. The atmosphere is just so juicy and real that you are pulled into it and once you’re there, you’re hooked. Great dialogue and phenomenal acting from all the four main actors: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and especially Richard Jenkins were that sweet, sweet cherry on the top. Now, towards the end, Bone Tomahawk gets pretty brutal, creating a strange dynamic that leaves you fucked up and wanting more. Horror and western genres rarely mix, so this is a refreshing take and if you’re looking for movies like this one check out The Burrowers, a full blown horror movie set in the Wild West.

Director: S. Craig Zahler

Writer: S. Craig Zahler

Cast: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Lili Simmons, Sid Haig, Michael Paré

Fun Facts: When the movie was officially announced in October 2012, Peter Sarsgaard and Jennifer Carpenter were set to play the O’Dwyers, while Timothy Olyphant was going to play John Brooder.


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2494362/

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