Review: BONE TOMAHAWK
A trio of townspeople are kidnapped by a pack of cannibalistic, cave-dwelling troglodytes, and a posse consisting of Sheriff Kurt Russell along with his elderly deputy, a cripple, and an Indian fighter turned gunslinger, have to go rescue them. That’s the premise. It’s equal parts old-school Western and Horror movie. It’s THE SEARCHERS meets THE HILLS HAVE EYES. It’s a strange, genre-straddling hybrid. And it is glorious.
Writer/Director S. Craig Zahler has a gift for Tarantino-esque dialogue, and indeed BONE TOMAHAWK could conceivably pass for a Quentin Tarantino film, except it’s darker, lacking in those moments of idiosyncratic humor for which Tarantino is known. There are touches of levity, mostly courtesy of Richard Jenkins’ lovable, slightly bumbling Deputy Chicory. Otherwise this is grim stuff. There’s blood and guts aplenty, no shortage of violence (although it isn’t cartoonish, grindhouse violence; it’s treated with seriousness, thus making it more disturbing), and the troglodytes scarce look human. They really reminded me of the Orcs from the HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS movies, mixed with the bone dust-painted cannibals from CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. In other words, there’s a lot for Monsterkids to appreciate here. The perfect pacing, script, and solid acting across the board don’t hurt, either. A fantastic film.