The peaceful town of Bright Hope is startled one night by a mysterious kidnapping: a prison guard, a criminal and a nurse have been taken from the local prison by persons unknown, while a little further on a stableboy is murdered gruesomely. A strange quartet sets off in pursuit: the pragmatic sheriff (Kurt Russell) and his bungling sidekick (Richard Jenkins), a dauntless and arrogant cowboy (Matthew Fox) and the nurse's infirm husband (Patrick Wilson).
It’s a classic start very reminiscent of John Ford’s masterpiece The Searchers (1956), were it not that novice director and scriptwriter S. Craig Zahler sends his intelligent neo-Western in the second half further and further into the territory of the explicit horror film, including man-eating wild beasts and limbs flying everywhere. At the same time, the black humour and amusing jibes between the four heroes ensure that Bone Tomahawk retains its lighter tone right up to the grizzly final act.

Filmmaker
S. Craig Zahler
Country
USA
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
132’
Language
English
Producer
Dallas Sonnier, Greg Zuk
Production Company
Caliber Media
Sales
Celluloid Dreams
Writer
S. Craig Zahler
Cinematography
Benji Bakshi
Editor
Greg D'Auria, Fred Raskin
Production Design
Freddy Waff
Sound Design
Roland Vajs
Music
S. Craig Zahler, Jeff Herriott
Cast
Matthew Fox, Kurt Russell