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Gruesome Western pitches man against bestial beings

THE very first scene in Bone Tomahawk - where a man's throat is slit - sets the tone for this grim and gut-wrenchingly gruesome Western by director S Craig Zahler, whose debut feature makes The Wild Bunch (1969) look tame in comparison.

Zahler takes conventional cowboys-and-Indians fare and blends in graphic horror, a dash of quirky humour and Tarantino-esque discourses on random topics. Somehow, he emerges with a palatable whole.

Life for the good citizens of a sleepy frontier town called Bright Hope...

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