Bone Tomahawk

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Bone Tomahawk's peculiar genre blend won't be for everyone, but its gripping performances and a slow-burning story should satisfy those in search of something different.

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In the Old West, a sheriff (Kurt Russell), his deputy (Richard Jenkins), a gunslinger (Matthew Fox),and a cowboy (Patrick Wilson) embark on a mission to rescue three people from a savage group of cave dwellers.

Cast & Crew

Kurt Russell
Sheriff Franklin Hunt
Patrick Wilson
Arthur O'Dwyer
Matthew Fox
John Brooder
Lili Simmons
Samantha O'Dwyer
S. Craig Zahler
Screenwriter
Jack Heller
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Wayne Marc Godfrey
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Robert Jones
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David Gilbery
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Jon D. Wagner
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Scott Fort
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Hengameh Panahi
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Critic Reviews for Bone Tomahawk

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (85) | Rotten (9)

  • It is mostly just an excuse for the debut director, S Craig Zahler, to whip the rug out from under you, Tarantino-style.

    February 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Cult status could beckon for this well-made, macabre and violent western-horror from cinematographer turned director S Craig Zahler.

    February 18, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • You'll be watching - at least, I was - with your hand clamped over a mouth in various states of aghast-ness. But the film's bloodiest moments, in a real turn-up for the books, are also its saddest.

    February 18, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • With this film the cowboy genre moves beyond modern and postmodern. You could call it postmillennial, post-apocalyptic, post-ironic.

    February 18, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A precariously balanced, genre-literate oddity with something to say.

    February 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Equal parts charming, strange, goofy, unpredictable and genuinely horrifying.

    February 15, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bone Tomahawk

  • Sep 02, 2018
    After a bit of a shocker beginning the film gets comfortable in rather regular Western Territory for a while. The pace is slow, but the characters interesting enough and there are odd traces of grim humor here or there. None of that prepares for the gore fest of the showdown with some of the nastiest on screen deaths you've ever seen. You gotta appreciate someone trying something fresh here, even though that's certainly not for everyone. I had to chuckle a few times and my jaw dropped to the ground just as often. Gotta appreciate that.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2017
    How seldom it is to see such a high quality film with such a low budget. Every actor puts in a terrific performance, and I absolutely loved Matthew Fox, of the show Lost (my all-time favorite TV show) and his character. The best part of Bone Tomahawk is how unpredictable it is. The writing and the plot itself are top notch and the makeup/ blood effects are sickeningly realistic. This film is violent on an entirely different level from all other horror movies, mainly at the end. The final 45 minutes is breathtaking and intense, and the 135 minute running time is fully paid off. It's a shame that this gem went unnoticed at the box office, because this is one of the best westerns I've ever seen.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2016
    Turns out the western genre isn't dead yet, there's still some gems to be found.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2016
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer

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