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Kill of the Week: Split Down the Middle in ‘Bone Tomahawk’

Every week, we spotlight a kill that we just can’t get enough of. This is Kill of the Week.

Debut features are rarely as impressive as Brawl in Cell Block 99 director S. Craig Zahler’s Bone Tomahawk, a hybrid horror-western that earned Zahler favorable comparisons to another filmmaker who became a bold force of nature in his debut outing: Quentin Tarantino.

An incredible ensemble cast including Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox and Patrick Wilson (along with brief appearances from Sid Haig and David Arquette!) star in Bone Tomahawk, the tale of a sheriff and three other men who embark on an epic rescue mission after a deputy and doctor are kidnapped by a band of vicious Troglodytes.

The film starts off as a slow burn Western, driven by writing that’s as good as the individual performances, but when it embraces the horror… oh boy does it get ugly.

One particular scene is one of the most shocking in recent years. Locked up by the cannibal clan, Russell and Jenkins’ characters are forced to watch as they brutally dismember another human being, removing his scalp with a knife and then pulling his legs apart and splitting him down the middle with the titular weapon.

It’s one of the most savage and barbaric kills in cinema history, and Zahler forces you to watch every second along with the horrified characters behind the cage.

The sound design, in particular, has probably made at least a few people vomit.




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