Bone Tomahawk

Bone Tomahawk

This was someone’s first film. 

The threat is established from the first scene and following a mean title drop, the tension isn’t lost as the evil is felt constantly looming over nearly every scene, something Zahler perfects in Dragged Across Concrete. This sense of dread only continues to grow as the landscape becomes whiter and crunchier, very subtle but I found myself unable to calm down the further they got from Bright Hope. Terrifying, quickly finished violence also sporadically appears in the form of bandits and assassins before we even arrive at the cannibals, who make the cruel, unforgiving landscape all the more unpredictable as Zahler ushers his audience into his first semi-depiction of hell. Even with the opening scene, who could’ve predicted where this was going?