Bone Tomahawk is S. Craig Zahler’s directorial debut and has an all-star cast, featuring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, and Matthew Fox. Events kick off with two travelers (Sid Haig and David Arquette) who accidentally interfere with an ancient burial ground, which pisses off the group of Troglodytes (who also conveniently happen to be cannibals) it belongs to. The tribe takes their revenge by kidnapping settlers from the nearby town of Bright Hope. The sheriff (Russell), a rancher (Wilson), the deputy (Fox), and a gunslinger (Richard Jenkins) go off to save the townspeople, only to encounter trouble themselves.
Overall, this is a solid debut. The story is interesting, the soundtrack is simple yet effective, the acting is great, and the practical effects look amazing. If you have a weak stomach, you may want to skip watching this film, though. I actually had to step away from the movie for a while, and I usually love gory films. The brutality is stomach-churning, and it is incredibly realistic.
Unfortunately, I thought the film was a tad too long and padded out. About thirty minutes could have been excised, turning this into a truly spectacular film. As is, the extra minutes slow the film down and feel out of place with the rest of the movie.
If you love Westerns and/or horror films and can handle realistic gore (and have patience), give this a watch. If you’re faint of heart or prefer faster-paced films, you may want to skip Bone Tomahawk.