“ Troglodyte ” means cave dweller, and while American tribes occasionally employed rock shelters as camps, and there is some evidence in the Mississippi valley of American Indian exploration of very deep caves, people generally never lived in natural caves, either in the Americas or the Old World.
The Cannibals are the main antagonists in 2015 western horror film Bone Tomahawk. They are cannibalistic Indian savages who live in a cave, after killing a stable boy and kidnapping people from Bright Hope, the town gets revenge on them as Sheriff Franklin, Chicory, Brooder and Arthur go hunt them down.
Bone Tomahawk is an original, fictional story, screen-written by the same guy directing it: Screenwriter S. Zahler wrote the original script, having previously sold the specs “The Big Stone Grid” to Sony, with Michael Mann attached to direct, and “Conflicts of the Last Progenitors” to Andrew Adamson.
Despite its horror premise, Bone Tomahawk is a genre-bending affair that mixes elements of mystery, action-adventure, and, of course, Western genres in its story. It’s also highly influenced by Italian cannibal films, a subgenre with its own notorious penchant for outrageous death scenes.
The violent Bone Tomahawk, starring Kurt Russell, made more than $10 million, five times its budget.
A friend sent me a subscription to Wordsmith.org’s word -of-the-day e-mail. Yesterday’s word was “ troglodyte ”: Someone who is brutish, reactionary, or primitive; a cave dweller; an animal that lives underground. The only downside is that troglodyte is a 3-syllable word, where most swear words are blessedly 1 syllable.
Clocking in at 133 brisk minutes, Bone Tomahawk is a solid and fun first endeavour by S. Craig Zehler.
In Bone Tomahawk’s most memorable scene (and what follows is less of a spoiler than something that inevitably comes up in most discussions about the film), Russell’s Sheriff Hunt forces himself to watch the grisly end result of what happens to the cannibals’ captives and can only promise revenge from his makeshift
The next morning, Sheriff Hunt discovers the abduction and learns that the clan responsible for these crimes are known as troglodytes, who live in “The Valley of the Starving Man”. The local native explains that these men are cannibalistic savages who have become sadistic due to their isolation from other men.
Filming. Principal photography began on October 6, 2014, in Malibu, California, where it was filmed for 21 days at the Paramount Ranch.
The film was shot partly on location in South Dakota.
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It’s a brutal, but very good film. I absolutely gush over the dialogue. Combine that with some damn fine performances and excellent cinematography and you have yourself a solid movie. The violence is staged and shot in such a way that instills as much anxiety and fear into the audience as the characters would feel.
Review: ‘ Bone Tomahawk ‘ Is Western, Horror and Comedy.
A tomahawk is a type of single-handed axe native to the many Indigenous peoples and nations of North America, traditionally resembling a hatchet with a straight shaft. The term came into the English language in the 17th century as an adaptation of the Powhatan (Virginian Algonquian) word.