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Bone Tomahawk(2015)(Review)[Weirdo Wednesday]


A contemporary vision of a Western film. Cannibals and unflinching brutality. A list of celebrity appearances including Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson, and David Arquette. What more do you need to know?


This movie took me by surprise. When an outlaw runs for shelter in the nearest town to him in the desert, he unknowingly leads a group of cannibalistic Troglodytes with him. They kidnap him and the town doctor (who is the wife of a Patrick Wilson – a local rancher), and a manhunt begins. The only knowledge our protagonists have of the situation is that these cannibals don’t have a decipherable language and they are cave dwellers.

And when we meet them, you certainly get what you’d expect. It’s a very tense and dreadful journey through the lonely lands of the West. The rancher has a serious leg injury that only gets worse as they go, they face dehydration and exhaustion, and the monsters they are after know no boundaries. These are adversaries that they have never imagined encountering before.


The movie may sound typical (I certainly thought so), but it’s anything but. It’s extremely brutal (including the last 15 minutes which are honestly disgusting), it’s very tense with nail-biting pacing, and it has a group of interesting characters that you only wish the best for.


The very beginning scene shows David Arquette and Sig Haig playing two bandits who are killing and robbing a group of travelers – and from this moment I knew that I was in to watch this ride. And it was a huge treat that I can’t really articulate into words.


It’s from director S. Craig Zahler, who would then go on to direct ‘Brawl in Cellblock 99’, and ‘Dragged Across Concrete’. But in my opinion, this is the film that stands out from the rest. I was absolutely blown away when I had zero expectations.


The title of the film doesn't hold back on sampling the depravity ahead of you.

If you think you’ve got the stomach, I recommend giving this one a try. It is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.


4.5/5


‘Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra

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