Bone Tamahawk is a Western horror film directed and written by S. Craig Zahler. It is particularly low-key considering its prestigious cast: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, David Arquette and Sid Haig, namely. It is one part drama, one part adventure and one part horror. Most of the gruesome stuff happens in the last act and the first two acts are pretty much there to tease you.
The movie is slow but equally fascinating. There are no extravagant characters, here, despite the colorful cast. This is a period film, but a lot of it takes place in the desert, so it didn’t require massive set design. The costumes are nothing out of the ordinary. The photography is pretty much composed of browns and beiges. Injuries are a recurring theme and there’s a significant amount of gore.
The last act can be disappointing because the build-up is so prolonged. Since this is a relatively long film that takes forever to make its point, if any, it’s all about the journey and not the destination. That being said, the last half-hour does pay off. Just don’t get your hopes high. There is no twist. There are no surprises. This is a simple story and it’s particularly well made. That's all.