Kevin Jarre primarily based “Tombstone” on historic occasions and actual individuals, even when, in true Western custom, they have been exaggerated for the sake of storytelling. In distinction, the premise of “Bone Tomahawk” is ripped straight out of a pulp journal (together with some controversial themes that date again to that period), combining Western parts with horror and “bizarre fiction.” Russell factors out, nonetheless, that the movie’s dialogue sounds remarkably pure, explaining that a film about cannibalistic cave-dwelling mutants satirically portrays much less of an exaggerated tackle late nineteenth-century speech patterns than a traditional John Wayne Western:
“I really like ‘The Searchers.’ I believe it is a cool film. However the dialogue model? No manner. It could possibly’t examine to ‘Bone Tomahawk’ or one thing like ‘Tombstone.’ That is rather more of that true taste. This makes you are feeling that this might really be some bizarre little city in 1897 that’s simply on the market the place no one is aware of the place every part actually is. The individuals talked this manner. I consider that. I do not suppose it is a Hollywood western dialogue film. This has a mode to it. It lends itself rather more to the credibility of actuality than nearly all westerns. It does not have a modern-day sound to it.”
Though the plot of “Tombstone” is rather more grounded in actuality, Russell appeared drawn to the best way each movies used their dialogue to humanize their characters. Westerns are identified for mythologizing historic figures, however “Tombstone” and “Bone Tomahawk” brings the Western right down to sandy earth, even when they each nonetheless embrace extravagance ultimately. The previous goals for an intimate portrayal of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, the latter needs its heroes to really feel like abnormal males earlier than the creatures come for his or her meat.