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3.3
487 Ratings

Bone Tomahawk

Directed by S. Craig Zahler
United States, United Kingdom, 2015
Western

Synopsis

After an outlaw unknowingly leads a band of cannibalistic Troglodytes into Bright Hope, the monsters kidnap several settlers, including the wife of a local rancher. Despite his injured leg the rancher joins a small rescue party with the sheriff, his aging deputy and a gunslinger.

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Bone Tomahawk Directed by S. Craig Zahler

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | 2 nominations including: Best Screenplay

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best Supporting Actor

Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente

2016 | Winner: Best Feature Film - Avant-Garde and Genre

What are people saying?

  • Zach Closs's rating of the film Bone Tomahawk

    A snappily-scripted one-act, a rugged western, or a white-knuckle horror flick? There's some obvious conflict between these disparate but solid parts, and visually, it's drab. Yet, "Bone Tomahawk" is such an intriguing cocktail, it's impossible to be dismissive of it. I admired its attention to immediate details, great characters, and stomach-churning visual effects.

  • Michael Zyx MH Claes's rating of the film Bone Tomahawk

    Deputy: "Beware, you speak to the law, you ain't boss here". Man: "No, I'm just the smartest. Sheriff & O'Dwyer got a wife & you're a widower". Deputy: "What's that gotta do with it?" "Man: "Smart men don't get married" == "Attention, tu parles à la loi, t'es pas le boss ici" "Non, je suis juste le plus malin. Le Shérif est marié, O'Dwyer aussi & toi t'es veuf" "Quel est le rapport?" "Les gars futés ne s'marient pas"

  • Jason's rating of the film Bone Tomahawk

    Suffers immeasurably from being placed in the hands of a first time hack director. Blocking, exposition, and internal rhythm of individual scenes are either inert or wildly off. Production design is embarrassing (intentionally?). Some good actors, sure, but Patrick Wilson and Lili Simmons absolutely do not belong in the movie's world. Only thing going for it is the Grand Guignol stuff, which will appeal to fanboys.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Bone Tomahawk

    ****1/2. This is really but really good. The director will undoubtedly belong to the circle of the major American directors in a few years. He knows how to create an atmosphere, he knows how to surprise his audience and he knows how to film a landscape. Now does he already know what he has to tell us? I don't know. Strongly recommended.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Bone Tomahawk

    A slow-burning oater with a dash of gruesome cannibal horror. To be honest, the pace was a little too slow (even for a slow-burner) and the suspense suffered at times. But otherwise, the film was of the highest quality - great performances from an impressive little cast, beautiful camera work, and creepy creatures. A worthy entry in the new Western canon.

  • Dave's rating of the film Bone Tomahawk

    An interesting genre mashup that is definitely a western, but also blends in horror-like elements. The script and dialogue are traditional western, and Richard Jenkins is great in a Walter Brennan-like role. A unique experience and yet more proof that in retrospect, there have been a number of outstanding westerns made in the last 15 years.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Bone Tomahawk

    It's a shame "Bone Tomahawk" proves so visually uninteresting - watch it on mute and you might mistake it for a direct-to-DVD cheapie from the twilight era of Blockbuster Video - when the film's authentic-sounding period dialogue positively sings and the performances are stellar across the board. Even with a flat look, the rock solid script makes this a successful fusion of horror and action not unlike "Predator."

  • filmcapsule's rating of the film Bone Tomahawk

    A shapeless and often dull genre exercise that uses elements of horror to, in my mind, cover deficiencies in its imagination of the Western. Much of the film takes place under an open sky and among crests and buttes, and yet the impact of this environment is perfunctory; there's no emotional scope to its use of Western iconography.

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