Every movie buff out there, probably has a moviegenre that he or she is not particularly fond of. It’s not that you would never watch a movie in that genre, but you don’t exactly go out of your way to actively seek them out. For me, that moviegenre is the Western. It’s not that I have never seen a Western, and there are even a few that I did like, but it is a genre of movies that I usually avoid. These days, certain moviegenres get combined and sometimes that produces an interesting result. In Bone Tomahawk, the Western crosses paths with the Horror movie. So what is the result of this cocktail blend?
This movie starts off with two outlaws that have just killed and robbed a bunch of people. As the law is not far off, they quickly move away into a valley but enter something that looks like a graveyard. Unbeknownst to them however, it is the sacred ground of a bunch of cannibalistic Troglodytes, and soon they are attacked. One of them escapes to the sleepy town of Bright Hope, but unfortunately the Troglodytes manage to follow him. Matters soon become worse, as the cannibals kidnap the wife of one of the local ranchers, and a young deputy. Everything is brought to the attention of the town sheriff, and he is prepared to go after the Troglodytes in order to rescue the woman and his deputy. Accompanied by the woman’s husband, a local gunslinger and his oldest deputy, they all set off in pursuit of the Troglodytes. However, they most certainly are not prepared for the nightmare that awaits them.
Let’s start off with the good things first. The acting in this movie is nothing short of amazing. The cast including Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins portray their characters superbly. I especially liked Richard Jenkins in the role of the aging, and sometimes a little bit dense, deputy. Kurt Russel is always a decent actor, and he carries this movie with ease. Now this film is not your typical Western. Towards the end there are some pretty graphic and gory horrorscenes, that might put off some regular viewers. There is a lot of talking in this movie, and talking, and talking, and talking. The film clocks in at over 2 hours, and in my opinion that playing time could definitely have used a bit of trimming. It is a very slow moving film, but because the actors are so good, it still manages to keep your attention, albeit barely. Honestly this is one of those movies that I don’t quite know what to make off. I can’t say that I disliked it, and it is certainly one of the more unusual horrormovies out there. The slow pace however, is something that definitely might not be to the taste of everyone. It is worth it, to at least watch it once, if only for the incredible acting.
I give this movie a 7 out of 10 score.