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Bone Tomahawk -- When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission in serious jeopardy. Kurt Russell leads a cast that includes Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins.


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Release Date:
10 December 2015 (Russia) See more »
John Brooder: An armed gentleman See more »
Four men set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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10 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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An almost classic Western with a fantastic cast, great dialog and gruesome horror elements See more (239 total) »


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Kurt Russell ... Sheriff Hunt

Patrick Wilson ... Arthur

Matthew Fox ... Brooder

Richard Jenkins ... Chicory

Lili Simmons ... Samantha

Evan Jonigkeit ... Deputy Nick

David Arquette ... Purvis

Fred Melamed ... Clarence

Sid Haig ... Buddy

Maestro Harrell ... Gizzard

James Tolkan ... Pianist

Kathryn Morris ... Lorna Hunt

Zahn McClarnon ... The Professor

Michael Emery ... Redheaded Fellow

Jeremy Tardy ... Buford

Michael Paré ... Mr. Wallington (as Michael Pare)

Sean Young ... Mrs. Porter

Jamison Newlander ... The Mayor

Erick Chavarria ... Ramiro

Omar Leyva ... Guapo

David Midthunder ... Misshapen Troglodyte

Raw Leiba ... Wolf Skull

Geno Segers ... Boar Tusks

Alex Meraz ... Eagle Skulls

Robert Allen Mukes ... Sentinel (as Robert Mukes)

Brandon Molale ... Noseless Troglodyte

Eddie Spears ... Serrated Tomahawk

Jay Tavare ... Sharp Teeth
Gray Wolf Herrara ... Quiet Stalker (as Anthony 'Gray Wolf' Herrara)
Benjamin Woodruff ... Young Troglodyte (as Benjamin 'Blake' Woodruff)

Mario Perez ... Mexican Man
Susie Castaneda ... Pregnant Troglodyte A

Marem Hassler ... Pregnant Troglodyte B
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ardeshir Radpour ... Horse Thief (uncredited)

Directed by
S. Craig Zahler 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
S. Craig Zahler  written by

Produced by
Iain Abrahams .... associate producer (as Lotte Abrahams)
Jonathan Feuer .... associate producer
Scott Fort .... executive producer (as R. Scott Fort)
Joseph Gabay .... associate producer
David Gilbery .... executive producer
Wayne Marc Godfrey .... executive producer
Jack Heller .... producer
Robert James .... executive producer
Amanda Mortimer .... co-producer
Hengameh Panahi .... executive producer (as Hengemeh Panahi)
Peter Sherayko .... executive producer
Dallas Sonnier .... producer
Jon D. Wagner .... executive producer
Jon D. Wagner .... line producer
Gregory Zuk .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jeff Herriott 
S. Craig Zahler 
Cinematography by
Benji Bakshi 
Film Editing by
Greg D'Auria 
Fred Raskin 
Casting by
Matthew Maisto 
Production Design by
Freddy Waff 
Art Direction by
Laura Evans 
Set Decoration by
Laura Evans 
Costume Design by
Chantal Filson 
Makeup Department
David Abbott .... makeup artist
Jodi Byrne .... makeup artist
Steve Costanza .... key makeup artist
Analyn Cruz .... hair stylist
Trason Fernandes .... special makeup effects artist
Alison Kellerman .... special makeup effects artist
Brian Kinney .... special makeup effects artist
Rachel Kooyman .... special makeup effects artist
Susan Laprelle .... special makeup effects artist
Rachel Lee .... hair stylist
Lorraine Martin .... special makeup effects artist
Martha G. Sanchez .... makeup artist (as Martha Sanchez)
Natalie Thimm .... makeup artist (as Nathalie Thimm)
Hugo Villasenor .... makeup department head
Tanner White .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Heather I. Denton .... second assistant director
Dave Halls .... first assistant director
Zak Kristofek .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Raul Contreras .... on-set dresser
Daniel M. Donato .... assistant property master
Mike Elizalde .... design consultant
Steve Goldenberg .... art department production assistant
Eddie Grisco .... property master
Aaron Kanik .... set dresser
Jackie Morrison .... graphic designer
Arnie Rabano .... art department production assistant
Austin Randolph .... set dresser
Mike J. Regan .... prop construction
Mauricio Ruiz .... concept artist
Gary J. Tunnicliffe .... prop construction
Sound Department
Daniel Brennan .... re-recording mixer
Kristin Catuogno .... sound re-recordist
Brian Hackett .... production sound mixer
Maegan Hayward .... post production sound facility c.o.o.
Johnny Kubelka .... boom operator
Craig Kyllonen .... sound effects editor
Craig Kyllonen .... supervising sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Ric Schnupp .... foley editor
Roland Vajs .... sound designer
Luciano Vignola .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Anthony Delzio .... pyrotechnician (special effects)
Erich Martin Hicks .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Mark Foscolo .... digital compositor
Bernard Klopfer .... rotoscope artist
Robert Palleschi .... rotoscope artist
Dan Pochtrager .... digital compositor
Stuart Racey .... visual effects producer
Pete Sussi .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Carnel .... stunt coordinator
Darrell Davis .... stunt coordinator (as Darrell Craig Davis)
John Dixon .... stunt double: Richard Jenkins
Jason Gray .... stunt rigger
Cliff McLaughlin .... stunt double: Kurt Russell
Tim Sitarz .... stunt rigger
T.J. White .... stunt rigger
Terry White .... stunt rigger
Mario Perez .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Nicholas Verdi .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Blake Woodruff .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Verlon Allen III .... balloon light technician
Jonathan Bruno .... "a" camera operator
Luigi Cortez .... best boy grip
Scott Everett White .... still photographer
Michael Halper .... digital imaging technician
Dilip Isaac .... key grip
Brent Johnson .... first assistant camera
Tony Jou .... lighting technician
John Jurko II .... digital imaging technician
Nghia Khuu .... gaffer
Dave Lehleitner .... grip
Jeff Locke .... grip
Megan McCarthy .... second assistant camera
Nick Medrud .... additional first assistant camera
Alicia Pharris .... second assistant camera
Jeff Powers .... camera operator
Danny Sosa .... grip
Mauricio Villalobos .... grip
Jason Wittenberg .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Allison Choi Braun .... costumer
Jocelyn Hublau .... costume supervisor
Jocelyn Hublau .... costume supervisor: Jocelyn Hublau Parker
Charles Nohai .... costumer
Flora Ronzone .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Daniel Hahn .... assistant editor
George Papuashvili .... additional editor
Ari Rothschild .... colorist (as Aharon Rothschild)
Scott Schuler .... post-production coordinator
Transportation Department
Matthew Ballard .... transportation coordinator
Julius M. Fletcher .... transportation captain
Raizel Goldberger .... driver
Spencer Newberg .... driver
Other crew
Barbara Abelar .... script supervisor
Jerry Bestpitch .... wrangler
Stephen Engels .... set production assistant
Nicole Flores .... production coordinator
Eddie Grisco .... armorer
Sheri Keenan .... assistant advisor: western
Jenn O'Donnell .... assistant accountant
Ardeshir Radpour .... wrangler
Tara Sattler .... production legal
Peter Sherayko .... advisor: western
Wendy Sill .... production accountant
Shannon Sonnier .... publicist
Paige Winburne .... production assistant
Becky Balentine .... this film is dedicated to the memory of
Gabriel Cowan .... special thanks
Joseph Sonnier .... this film is dedicated to the memory of
Victor Warren .... special thanks

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132 min
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Did You Know?

John Brooder (Matthew Fox) wears the same style pistol holster as Johnny Ringo (Michael Biehn) in Tombstone (1993).See more »
Factual errors: Nearing end of the movie when the captor attempts to shoot Hunt with Brooder's rifle, you can hear the hammer drop each time he pulls the trigger. This is not possible with a lever action rifle as the hammer is cocked by working the lever and chambering a round (as he later found out). Otherwise nothing would happen when trigger is pulled.See more »
Samantha:This is why frontier life is so difficult. Not because of the Indians or the elements but because of the idiots.See more »
Four Doomed Men Ride OutSee more »


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155 out of 187 people found the following review useful.
An almost classic Western with a fantastic cast, great dialog and gruesome horror elements, 24 October 2015
Author: gogoschka-1 from wherever good films play

This film is a rather special genre-mix of classic Western themes and gory, insane B-movie horror elements. Films like the quite watchable The Burrowers (2008) and Dead Birds (2004) have mixed those ingredients before with some success, but while those two were undoubtedly B-movies, Bone Tomahawk never feels like your typical straight to VOD genre film.

What really stands out right from the start is the writing: the precise dialog and never less than interesting characters are what really makes this film a winner in my book. The premise might not be very original - it's Western to the bone (pun intended) and very much in the tradition of great classics like The Searchers - but despite its dark themes, there is so much understated humour in Bone Tomahawk that I felt at times reminded of some of the characters in Jim Jarmusch's films. And Richard Jenkins' character, back-up deputy Chicory, is down-right hilarious. The acclaimed (and Oscar-nominated) actor clearly has a blast with his part, and the same can absolutely be said for the rest of the cast. This is a film that is willing to spend a very considerable part of its running time just building atmosphere and exploring the different characters, and the action/horror moments are actually few and far between. According to some recent interviews with the producers, the excellently written characters are also what drew A-list actors Kurt Russell and Patrick Wilson to the film, despite its micro-budget, and if Russell hadn't been so committed to playing the part of Sheriff Franklin Hunt, the film wouldn't have been made.

In spite of its tiny budget, this is a quality film that really should have had a wide theatrical release; everything from the A-list cast to the excellent cinematography, sound and production design practically scream for the big screen. A word to the wise, though; after some initial mayhem, the film moves along at a very considerate pace (and at over two hours it's a rather long film), so for those who seek entertainment heavy on action with non-stop shoot-outs, gory thrills and scares, look elsewhere: this is probably not the film for you (and perhaps also not the film that was promised in the trailers). But if you like old-school Westerns with great characters (played by great character actors), great atmosphere and deadpan humour, and you ALSO don't mind (very!) gory thrills, scares and some bloody shoot-outs along the way, I believe you will enjoy this film very much. I know I did: 7.5 stars out of 10.

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