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Bone Tomahawk

2015
Drama
Adventure
2h 12m
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Rated 16 Dec 2015
85
86th
The Hills Have Rio Bravo Eyes
Rated 22 Jul 2016
81
84th
Apocalypto in a Western setting, with a dash of X-Files' 'Home'? Hoot dang, sign me the hell up! The cast is great (I came around on Wilson halfway through), characters own and the plot kept me interested and anxious throughout. Can get pretty tense or mentally exhausting in a good way, and That One Scene will stick with me for a while, holy moly. The developments near the end clash with the realistically fatalistic atmosphere the movie built so well, but ehhh, it had earned it at that point.
Rated 18 Nov 2016
75
74th
Four men travel into the wilderness to rescue a woman who has been abducted by a savage, animalistic clan of natives in this black and bloody western. Kurt Russell plays a slightly more polished (but just as badass) version of his Hateful Eight character, who never loses his composure...even when things turn out to be much, much worse than he suspected. Has some gnarly gore and almost no music until the very end, but the end credits song is absolutely hilarious. A worthwhile western.
Rated 18 Jan 2017
75
73rd
Horror Westerns are so hard to come by (I would be hard pressed to name ten, even if I stretch the definition of either genre) that I knew I'd enjoy this just based on the summary. And I did! Would make a lovely companion piece to Ravenous.
Rated 22 Jan 2016
70
65th
Remember that time Eli Roth tried to remake The Searchers?
Rated 12 Dec 2016
70
75th
Also known as "It's Hard to Walk Across the Desert on a Broken Leg: Electric Boogaloo."
Rated 18 Mar 2017
70
77th
While others say boring or dry, I say it lulls you into a false sense of security only to hit you with blunt object upside your head.
Rated 31 Oct 2015
7
57th
Bone Tomahawk is an oddly minimalistic but incredibly satisfying & refreshingly unique Western. The casting of Kurt Russell justifies anybody to give this film a chance. And this has to be the best role he's landed since Quentin Tarantino's 'Death Proof'. The horrific vilolence & gore is shockingly unexpected but admittedly entertaining. And both tonally & atmospherically this is a somewhat peculiar experience. But I welcome a resurgence of Western's that take risks and try new things.
Rated 07 Jan 2016
70
70th
Performances ranged from good to excellent. Kurt Russell & Patrick Wilson were awesome in this. Lili Simmons was beautiful. The stupid cannibal savage mutants were entirely ridiculous. The graphic violence subtracted greatly. A quality production. Good dialog considering the insane premise. The old assistant deputy was a character. Except for the idiotic troglodytes this was quite satisfying.
Rated 25 May 2016
75
75th
'are they gonna show it? they're not gonna show it... oh fuck. OH FUCK! OOOOH FUCKFUCKFUCK! [...]'
Rated 21 Feb 2016
75
50th
You get what you want out of it, if what you want is cannibals in a western. This is what I wanted.
Rated 24 Feb 2016
59
27th
Strange movie. Very insignificant. Seems like it's about nothing and there's nothing behind it. It's just two hours of some characters saying and doing stuff, which amounts to a bit of plot, until the movie's over and there's an extremely silly song, which sounds like it's making fun of something, 'cause it's so retarded, but you're pretty sure it's not. It's well cast and well done and stuff, but...in the end it's still like a nicely wrapped present with...I don't know...a pencil inside.
Rated 05 Nov 2015
70
47th
I think a few subtle changes to the script could have turned this okay western/horror into a great film. The main problem may be that the long running time fails to maintain the tension necessary to keep the proceedings interesting.
Rated 25 Oct 2015
75
81st
not bad at all, clever and restrained. i was very in to the first and second act. sadly it betrays the authentic and believable feel it so deftly creates with a pretty ridiculous resolution. still i'm not nearly as split on this as this one dude...
Rated 26 Oct 2015
8
82nd
There's some dialogue in the middle of the movie, mostly spoken by Richard Jenkins (who is awful in this), that needed to be cut out badly. It was a really well made and interesting take on the western genre and has me excited for Zahler's future work. Has legitimately one of the most brutal gore scenes ever made and a kill that would make Saw and Hostel fans drool. A bizarre and fun movie but I'm not sure who it's going to appeal to at all. Also, Kurt Russell's facial hair is legendary
Rated 22 Oct 2015
80
67th
Bone Tomahawk is rich in tone and atmosphere, with an interesting genre flip, bolstered by a great script and a great cast. This is a western that everybody should check out if they want something a little bit left field.
Rated 25 Oct 2015
60
52nd
Starts strong, ends strong, sags in the middle. There's easily 30 minutes in the middle that could cut out, this did not need to be over 2 hours long
Rated 03 May 2017
80
89th
I was immediately captured by the short summary - and I was not disappointed! This film unfolds precisely as it should. There is a long sequence where nothing really is happening, and it is fantastic to take in the atmosphere. If you are interested in a tense, gut-wrenching western/horror, try this one.
Rated 04 Jun 2020
70
59th
Under Quarantine Film Reviews #117: My butt was clenched so hard in that one scene.
Rated 01 Nov 2015
85
75th
The pacing in the movie is very interesting, and I'm not sure why. The characters are excellent (although Chicory's speech is odd). I was interested the whole way through, and the I loved that the characters had experience (not just the usual horse-riding and gunplay); hence some nice details (tripwire, dialogue, signals, markers, etc). My only serious complaint is with the troglodytes and their "features" (bizarre to say the least). On a side note, Sheriff Hunt is as Lawful Good as it gets.
Rated 14 Dec 2015
5
73rd
i wasn't so into the dialogue as a lot of people; some great lines, but the naturalism seemed pretty self-conscious to me, and epitomised a film which strains to be an unusual and striking genre riff in the absence of any kind of meaningful vision. most annoyingly, it actually bends over backwards to apologise for itself at times. 'tis a compelling, economically directed curiosity full of strong, even touching, performances, but these DEADWOOD comparisons are doing it no favours whatsoever.
Rated 15 Jan 2016
62
46th
Too long. "Horror" is an stretch. Are "The Hateful Eight and "The Revenant" horror movies? They both had more cringe inducing scenes. The casual dialogue (like the reading books in the bath conversation) seemed forced. Richard Jenkins was miscast.
Rated 05 Nov 2015
98
98th
A horror Western masterpiece, and one of the TOUGHEST movies you'll ever see. It's about a group of people coming face-to-face with the most insidious evil imaginable and raging against that evil. It's thoughtful, horrifying, and brilliant, with some of the best acting and smartest writing you'll encounter all year. Most folks will be grossed out by it--I thought it was oddly touching, even cathartic, in its portrayal of regular folk rising up and doing what needs to be done.
Rated 18 Jan 2017
20
12th
I thought this kind of Native American demonisation had lost its momentum with the Indian Civil Rights Act! Still, some amusing chat and shocks. They couldn't be bothered with an ending though, much like thi
Rated 28 Mar 2016
57
27th
Some really intense scenes, but it's way too slow. It honestly feels like this could have been a 30 minute short and would have been much better. It did feel quite original, at least.
Rated 10 Feb 2018
75
61st
I liked the slow build, some pretty good dialogue and Kurt Russell's facial hair. Horror and gore isn't really my thing, so I guess it's hard for me to say I enjoyed this. But gritty westerns are my thing so it was quite the dilemma.
Rated 03 Nov 2015
70
66th
Really great, truly disgusting and disturbing sound effects punctuate some incredibly brutal horrific scenes. If you like your horror shocking and disgusting this is a good one, with a real sense of dread throughout the second half.
Rated 06 Dec 2015
65
44th
Way too long for what plot there is,becomes pretty gruesome for shock value later. It's fine but I wouldn't recommend
Rated 07 Nov 2015
82
80th
You get the feeling that Mahler wanted to create a cult classic with Bone Tomahawk's witty banter, quirky characters, and shocking violence. Goes from calm to holy shit real quick. Great in its uniqueness.
Rated 29 Feb 2016
71
58th
It's interesting the way this movie handles the "horror" elements. There is shock value to it, sure, but there's only perhaps one scene that uses darkness to build suspense. For the rest of the movie, the "monsters" are pretty much exclusively seen in well-lit areas, even broad daylight. I like it because the horror comes from these characters themselves, not from the mystery of where they might be, or what they might look like. You get a good look at all of them.
Rated 10 Jun 2020
70
60th
If you like movies with some violence and lots of walking, this is the movie about walking for you.
Rated 16 Oct 2016
86
76th
Bone Tomahawk was a bulls-eye. This movie was exceptionally creepy and strange. It was good mix of horror and a wild west movie. Patrick Wilson plays a very determined husband who tries to save his kidnapped wife, played by the beauteous Lili Simmons, from a cannibalistic group of Native Americans. My biggest complaint is the movie is a tad long, and there is a bit too much traveling. The gore and shocks in the film make up for some of the slow parts...
Rated 27 Nov 2015
80
78th
How great is Richard Jenkins in this? I didn't even know it was him until I saw the cast list after the fact. The movie is quite compelling, with a slow build up into some real gruesome stuff late in the game. I rarely make audible noises and look away during parts with gore but this movie got me a few times (don't think it's some weird torture porn movie, it's not).
Rated 27 Oct 2015
60
57th
I am not quite sure what the intention of this movie is, but be warned, this goes from mind-numbing boredom to gruesome gore in under a minute.
Rated 27 Nov 2015
51
39th
There is an aridity to this that I can only attribute to bad directing choices. It has an interesting script, even if the dialogue's playfulness leads nowhere, but Zahler doesn't know how to use music, build tension, or create movement - all of which may be called minimalism, but it also results in two hours plus.
Rated 16 Jun 2016
91
93rd
Really successful blend of Western and horror, this film is exceptionally well-written, with fun dialogue coming from this great cast of characters, along with the dramatic dives into extremely gory and brutish violence, makes this film a real treat. Zahler proves his author status with the muscular writing where every word counts, but his command and combination of the two genres seems masterful and certainly had a strong impact on me. I'll keep my eye on this guy
Rated 11 Oct 2016
7
57th
Not half as good as at least half of its awesome title, BT will mostly be remembered as an unusual albeit welcome amalgam of two seemingly disparate genres. Zahler must've played a shitload of Undead Nightmare to come up with this shit. Unlike that awesome game, though, BT is disappointingly low on visual panache, painting the Wild West in drab and familiar tones (mostly on hand-held camera) and the macabre elements don't pack nearly as much of a bite as I hoped they would. Save for, you know...
Rated 25 Apr 2016
70
63rd
I enjoyed this. Some great performances by the cast, particularly the four leads, and western-horror pastiche still feels fresh. The weakness would be the pacing, particularly that of the first act, and some occasionally overwrought dialogue.
Rated 11 Aug 2016
75
77th
Zahler's blend of western and horror works. The actors fit their roles, so the characters come alive ... before getting killed off in really nasty ways (some of them at least).
Rated 27 Feb 2016
80
80th
This already needs critical re-evaluation. Bone Tomahawk is a new, unique perspective on the classic journey into the heart of darkness tale that's been adapted previously by works such as Aguirre and Apocalypse Now. The slow natural pacing is informed by the greatest westerns and emphasizes the looming shadow of death the characters head into. Humorous dialogue grapples with despair and the chemistry among the main four actors belongs near the best ever seen in a western. This is a new classic.
Rated 01 Dec 2015
50
35th
Not bad.
Rated 18 Apr 2016
54
44th
There's a lot of good stuff here; for starters, it's a very rare treat that we get to see a horror western. The director makes a bold move and slows things down considerably after the effective beginning. The cast is also an interesting mix of old and underrated. Still, something doesn't quite click and the film cannot really escape it's low budget origins, and the troglodytes and the gore isn't as menacing as intended. It's interesting that Russell did this almost back-to-back with Hateful 8.
Rated 06 Mar 2016
81
78th
The Western's ever-present feeling of inevitability doesn't naturally mesh with modern sensibilities, but Bone Tomahawk circumvents this by adding horror elements that keep the movie unpredictable as well as magnifying the characters' wariness of the untamed frontier. The pacing is largely unhurried, but strong performances, confident scripting & direction, and attention to small details keep the film compelling (and entertaining) up to the disturbing conclusion.
Rated 26 Oct 2015
68
22nd
Exceptionally odd: in the Old West, a small posse confronts a tribe of troglodytes who have kidnapped the wife of one of them. A somewhat outmoded B-movie premise is given a strangely restrained treatment with a meditative pace reinforced by a long (133 minutes) running time. It doesn't really come off, in part due to flat direction and a failure to embrace either mood or thrills, but it's such a tonal anomaly--and the acting is really quite strong--that it remains perversely compelling.
Rated 15 Dec 2015
80
62nd
This was a fun-filled old west movie, complete with engaging characters and tension so thick you could cut it with a bone saw. What a lot of horror movies can't seem to get right is that if the characters have no souls then we don't care whether they live or die. Recommend!
Rated 09 Dec 2019
65
45th
Forget all the other byzantine comparisons: this is Lucky McKee's THE WOMAN run through a make-everything-less-interesting machine. It's also a notably assured and well-crafted debut, and the dialogue funnier and less annoyingly mannered than expected (and the first scene promised). A hint that Zahler knows what he's doing: the "smart" lines go to the "dumb" guy and jar not a bit. It's not too late for certain Irish hacks to take a note or six.
Rated 13 Nov 2019
8
93rd
Just total gritty meat n potatoes violent old west goodness, proof sometimes lean simplicity is best when it comes to onscreen storytelling.
Rated 02 Jan 2019
3
38th
The genre elements are too generic, the premise stretched out far longer than necessary, bloating what could've been a kickass 90-minute grindhouse film into a slog through the desert.
Rated 29 Mar 2016
60
72nd
If The Hills Have Eyes were remade into a Western, you'd get this. At times the dialogue seemed overwritten, as if they were trying to be Tarantino, and some of the running time was wasted with filler, but overall it was decent. Will most likely forget about it in 10 years.
Rated 17 Oct 2017
74
48th
It's hard to rate this one because Zahler perfectly fused a Western and a Horror movie into one. It's got the quiet contemplative shots with stark landscapes, but it's also got crushed bones, torn flesh, and crazy violence. Hell, it even has Kurt Russell. Taken as a Horror movie, the scares are jumpy and spare, far too spare. As a Western the dialog is stereotypical and plot is overly simplistic. If your looking for either/or, you're going to be disappointed. If you're not, it might be worth it.
Rated 20 Feb 2016
68
65th
Insanely dry at times, which had me checking the time but still I love a western, I surely do. There is some nasty violence in this one, sometimes sudden and surprising.
Rated 11 Nov 2015
79
54th
this reminded me of 'Slow West' too, but that's a good thing ... I really like these strange, slow & minimalistic western movies. incredibly violent & painful at times which is why I'm not watching this again any time soon, but I would not be surprised if this is gonna be treated as a cult classic in a few decades...
Rated 03 Jan 2016
68
58th
Savages abduct some townspeople and a Sheriff and posse go out to rescue them. One of those films that just misses the mark in several ways--e.g., they struggle to find a good ending (not that the ending is terrible). Direction might have been the major issue--both visually (looked like a TV movie) and even with working with the actors. But I suspect the script was good enough that it attracted a solid group of actors. Not a bad fan to watch on a boring Sat. ps70
Rated 02 Jan 2016
75
52nd
A brutally violent yet simple and satisfying western. Unlike pretty much anything you've ever seen. Screenplay was honest and real and is ultimately what held this one together.
Rated 12 Apr 2017
62
63rd
Strangely empty. The old west is certainly bleak and violent enough to support a straight horror flick, but sadly this is just a bloodier Searchers.
Rated 01 Nov 2015
66
47th
Decent but no more than that. Knew the outline of the story and to expect horror elements before seeing it. That might explain why I found the plot to be a little underwhelmingly straight forward, and apart from the violence it was a little too Hollywood for me in it's resolution.
Rated 12 Apr 2016
75
63rd
Richard Jenkins was so good in this
Rated 02 Jan 2016
92
81st
Original and well written . An unexpected gem of a western.
Rated 06 Jan 2016
60
19th
Patrick Wilson chooses movie scripts with such silly endings. *sigh* The first 1.5 hours I'd give ~4 of 5 stars (it's tense, heartbreaking & also wryly humorous) but thereafter it's more like 2/5 (expecting the schlocky finale, a boozy rewatch with buddies might be fun though). Reminds of Django Unchained in this way, 'cept where Tarantino tacks on a frenetic bloodbath, this shoehorns in some 13th-Warrior-style horror plot that's played way too straight. Better luck next time Mr. Zahler.
Rated 01 Jun 2016
80
80th
I don't really call it horror in the usual sense of the word that carries some supernatural elements with it. In any case, it's intense, and except for some elements of the trogs, realistic.
Rated 27 Jul 2016
7
49th
Surprisingly slow paced in its build up, 'Bone Tomahawk' features a good cast of characters with some fun moments and interactions. However, the real show begins with the final act where the awesomely terrible monsters are properly introduced, and the horrors displayed will make you shield your eyes in cringing disgust.
Rated 07 Mar 2016
70
19th
S. Craig Zahlers Debüt ist ein Genre-Zwitter, der als überraschend kräftiger Western von klassischer Machart beginnt und irgendwann den Sprung zum Horror wagt. Wir sehen eine Gruppe von Reisenden auf einer Mission (so wie wir es aus den grossen Vorbildern der 40er und 50er kennen) - und ich wundere mich, weshalb Bone Tomahawk trotz der Besetzung mit Kurt Russell nie den Sprung ins Kino schaffte? (...) mehr auf cinegeek.de
Rated 29 Dec 2017
73
79th
Goriest Western ever made. A lot of 21st century Western genre pastiches grate me, but Zahler's is actually a suspenseful and gruesome horror movie that makes imaginative use of the unusual setting. Kurt Russell is an underused marvel of an actor, Wilson does very good too, and I only wish Sid Haig had more screen time.
Rated 26 Nov 2017
73
37th
This film is a nice mix of a western and a horror film. Both Kurt Russell and Patrick Wilson give good performances in this movie. The script has a few slow moments but overall it works. Overall I would recommend this film.
Rated 28 Oct 2015
50
77th
Bone Tomahawk (2015) reminds a little of Slow West (2015) with a more straight narrative and weirder enemies. I'm not a major fan of these modern minimalistic westerns. The quirky quiet atmosphere makes it feel like a made-for-TV movie rather then a artistic approach. Kurt Russell is great though and it has a few awesome moments like the cannibalistic "wishbone" scene with the inspiring "cavalry is coming" speech feeling like a incredible moot point.
Rated 07 Dec 2015
70
64th
Wild West meets Cannibal Holocaust meets Hillbilly Redneck (sort of). Some truly gruesome scenes relating to 'long-pig' and the like.
Rated 14 May 2018
65
27th
Dialogue really feels artificial like the sort of lip service thing that TV period pieces do where it sort of sounds authentic but you can tell it's some screenwriter's idea of how people used to talk. For all I know it could actually be accurate, but the point is that it didn't convince me and kind of broke the immersion. Very polished and crisp visually and the violence was satisfying. Good but not exceptional.
Rated 30 Oct 2015
4
33rd
I found my attention fading in and out far too often in this very different western. Great kills and nice to see Russell find some form (after his appalling turn in Furious 7). Bizarrely leaves you with a "so what?" feeling.
Rated 03 Dec 2015
78
88th
Not your typical western movie (which is good, cuz i don't usually like westerns). It has a long and some what slow buildup but it's all worth it in the end. One of the most shocking kill scenes iv'e watched near the end. Great movie!
Rated 24 Dec 2015
96
96th
Bone Tomahawk played in Dungeons and Dragons: https://youtu.be/mPNF83bmG7E Seen this 7 or 8 times now and it's easily one of my favorite westerns and the horror turn at the end is short but sweet, delivering more is one act than most horror films do in their entire runtime. The characters have incredible depth, the pacing is perfect, the sound design is something to be looked up to, and the story is not predictable in the slightest.
Rated 08 Apr 2024
70
67th
Le rythme du film est définitivement difficile, mais la montée est terrifiante jusqu'au dernier acte d'une barbarie inouïe. Dieu merci Patrick Wilson ne meurt pas.
Rated 14 Jan 2016
84
80th
Bone Tomahawk is an outstanding debut film by S. Craig Zahler. It showcases Hollywood efficiency by having Kurt Russell sport the same facial hair as he does in Hateful Eight. It has been a while since I have seen a good modern day western. This one takes you on an enjoyable slow journey and rewards you with plenty of shocking scenes throughout. It is well paced and concludes masterfully. I can't wait to see Zahler's next project.
Rated 04 Feb 2016
90
88th
Oh no, can't show a wounded horse, but the demise of Nick is finneeeeee.
Rated 06 Oct 2022
76
88th
Nobody does long tense action/violence better than Zahler. Three great films and he is still rather unknown.
Rated 07 Jan 2016
50
32nd
For some reason I really don't like Patrick Wilson. His presence just takes me right out of a movie. This needed less of him and more of Sid Haig. Richard Jenkins' character was irritating. Also, nothing much happens for the first hour and a half, and when the shit finally hits the fan, it's not worth the wait. I have no problem with slow-build movies, I usually like them, but this left me bored, annoyed, and disappointed.
Rated 26 Jan 2016
70
51st
Entertaining with good performances, dialogue and plot but suffers from a bit of a pacing issue.
Rated 27 Aug 2016
72
77th
I know I will never forget that scene.
Rated 21 Jan 2016
75
81st
I thought this was pretty great. The story is simplistic but compelling. It has a really cool cast, with all of them giving great performances. Some of the dialogue wasn't the best, and a few of the jokes fell a little flat for me, but in general, I enjoyed the sense of humour it had, and Jenkins' character in particular was really funny. The violence in the film was pretty brutal and very effective. I thought I'd seen pretty much every way someone could be killed in a movie. Evidently not
Rated 31 Oct 2020
71
75th
If it weren't for the long stretches during which not a lot happens, Bone Tomahawk might rank in the best modern westerns. The cast is great, the direction solid, and when it chooses to, you know, go there, it really goes there.
Rated 06 Nov 2016
75
65th
I have only two complaints: It's a bit too long, and they went a bit too far with the cave dwellers. Other than that a flawless western, but I had trouble with it at times. The cast is sublime.
Rated 31 Oct 2015
78
70th
It starts slower than most might like, but it does pick up going into the final portion of the movie. It does well to deliver a few good shock moment points of violence, but ultimately this movie is carried by the actors and less because of a solid script. Not bad though!
Rated 10 Dec 2015
77
64th
What begins as a fairly traditional search-and-rescue Western conceit slowly--perhaps too much so--makes way for horror that errs on the side of the supernatural. Its unique atmosphere of terror and dread in the film's final act is bolstered by utterly palpable violence, each gruelling injury infused with an urgency that makes clear the stakes involved. Most likely could have benefitted from some fat being trimmed; regardless, it remains an impressively grim directorial debut.
Rated 08 Apr 2017
65
60th
Bone Tomahawk is a deliberately paced western horror hybrid that features an impressive cast led by Russell and shocking flashes of raw brutal violence. It is an unromanticised view of the old West that can be tense and unnerving, but the mood is often broken by moments of forced dialogue, questionable framing/blocking, and the cheap looking digital photography, which is too clean to be truly transportive. The pacing is also sluggish, but the intense finale in a dark cave rewards patience.
Rated 28 May 2019
80
54th
Slow pace that built up characters, and some brutally gruesome horror scenes. Loved seeing Kurt Russell but hated Patrick Wilson's character, his character was annoying to sit through (one of those characters who exist to hamstring the plot action). A bit disappointed that it is just an evil monster tribe at the end instead of any interesting lore.
Rated 06 Oct 2018
70
41st
Gets a bit dumb in the third act (the whole bit with the throat things reeks of something you'd cut from your first draft) and the at-times poor lighting and cheap-looking sets betray the minuscule budget, but I loved the super slow pace and laconic dialogue and probably wouldn't have complained if they'd never found that cave. (Though I am upset about Chekhov's dynamite.)
Rated 06 Nov 2018
65
36th
God there was a lot of unneeded filler here. Cut down about 30 minutes from the first few acts and you've got a real winner. The central conflict was amazing, and the troglodytes were legit horrifying. Zahler knows how to make his gore count!
Rated 28 Aug 2019
75
77th
Taking into consideration the shoe-string budget it was made on and all the limitations that entails, Bone Tomahawk is quite an impressively solid little film, carried by honest performances and a well-rounded (albeit occasionally too bare-boned) script.
Rated 15 Oct 2016
76
48th
Excellent cast with some nice characterization and dialogue throughout. Also, great job of subverting horror genre expectations (other than "the black guy dies first") and I really admire the lack of musical score. However, other than some great lighting, I found the coverage and overall aesthetic lacking a thought-out ideology, which makes the whole thing feel like it's in the hands of someone not yet confident in his craft. The gore alone makes this worth watching for horror lovers.
Rated 10 May 2019
85
90th
It held my attention, was well acted and wasn't too dumb. That's a win in my book.
Rated 17 Apr 2021
81
75th
This film hides its true nature very well for a very long time and I appreciated that. It starts out as a decent but not stellar Western Movie and then takes a crazy turn (or more like throws itself off the cliff) and becomes a blood-curdling cannibalistic horror movie. The sounds the natives make will stay with me for a long long time. Russell, Jenkins, and Fox had excellent acting and the weird selection of musical scores worked very well. It is quirky but in a very good way.
Rated 25 Jul 2022
4
63rd
by chance ended up seeing Zahler's filmography backward so by now I knew what to expect: a long self-indulgent drama that culminates in a bloody confrontation. And still Bone Tomahawk still left me mouth agape. “Mr. Brooder just educated two Mexicans on the meaning of manifest destiny”
Rated 04 Jun 2019
98
94th
Wow! Now in my top 5 for 2015! This writer/director really gives Quentin Tarantino a run for his money. Beware, just a few scenes are extremely graphic, but the fun of the movie is the chemistry of the ensemble cast and the dialogue.
Rated 14 Jan 2023
94
86th
So hard to watch at parts but oh man so good.
Rated 12 Mar 2021
5
91st
A horror western that succeeds at being both.
Rated 14 Feb 2016
2
31st
I'm not sure who or what this is for. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone... *Okay
Rated 11 May 2019
70
72nd
Take a while to take off -- the last 45 minutes are so amazingly raw and crude --, but even the long men on a mission segment is pretty good -- lots of wicked humor and group dynamic among men who are totally different but have to be together to rescue and wife of one of them and a young deputy. Zahler's approach is both disenchanted and curious, procedural and baroque. Perhaps my favourite Jenkins performance as the talky deputy.
Rated 05 Jan 2020
78
70th
Good western with a darker theme. It's a bit of a slow burn but you get pretty good payoff. Strong performances for the main four. Matthew Fox is actually quite good in this one although Richard Jenkins probably steals the show.
Rated 09 Oct 2020
3
12th
Nothing happened for most of the movie. I'm usually into journey-type movies, but this one drags so much for nothing, builds up characters that serve no purpose, and climaxes into a very short barely 2 minute long scene that ends it all. If you're looking for western horror, go watch Ravenous instead.
Rated 26 Nov 2023
6
34th
It was good, I guess.. I definitely could have gone my whole life without seeing the scene with Mortal Kombat level gore porn, but now it's too late. 🙃 So I hope that's what you're into.
Rated 30 Sep 2018
71
51st
Interesting fusion of standard western shenanigans with horror themes, though it feels like both the script and final cut needed more editing at times. Relies a bit too heavily on the sound effects to supplement shock value, as well. Highly recommended to fans of Patrick Wilson in excruciating pain.

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