Irish Film Institute -BONE TOMAHAWK



132 minutes, U.S.A., 2015, Digital

This film was released 19th February 2016, and is no longer screening.


Another month, another revisionist western starring Kurt Russell; S. Craig Zahler’s striking debut feature is a confident twist on the classic frontier yarn. When cannibal savages kidnap a group of settlers from the town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team, led by sheriff Hunt (Russell) sets out to bring them home. The majority of Bone Tomahawk is comprised of this vibrantly drawn quartet’s cross-country rescue mission, until a third-act reversal nudges the film towards horror territory.

Blending tropes of the classic western with trace elements of grungy horror may sound ill conceived, but at times Bone Tomahawk really does plays like The Searchers meets the troglodytes from The Descent, the genre mash-up being far more successful than it has any right to be. It instantly marks S. Craig Zahler as a name to watch. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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