Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Bone Snatcher (2003)

Pick this one up immediately. I have passed over this one a million times, but for a small independent film, it is an excellent effort and has a lot to offer the average horror fan. Set in the deserts of South Africa, a group of miners happen upon the skeletal remains of three of their colleagues that had only been missing for a day. They soon find out there is a flesh-eating ghoul roaming the barren wasteland, collecting bones to give itself form. The combination of physical and computerized FX is handled evenly, and is very well done. The viewer is given glimpses of the beast, but since it has to constantly collect new bones to retain its shape, it has no singular form, which keeps the audience guessing what shape the monster will take each time. This also sets it apart as an entirely unique creature unlike any other, best described as a humanoid blob of tar interlaced with the bones and skulls of the fallen. The performances of each of the actors are far superior to the average direct to DVD fare, and though they are not entirely original, they are convincing and believable. What is most surprising is the professional cinematography for such a low budget film. The director takes full advantage of the setting, painting the sand dunes into a desolate but beautiful landscape using inventive framing and angled shots. The film certainly isnt without its flaws, but it has not received the recognition it deserves in the indie horror realm. Considering I got it for $0.01 on Amazon, what do you have to lose?

Rating: 8/10.
Gore: 6/10.



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4 comments:

  1. Crap! This site is cutting into my prop building budget!! But building my horror DVD collection. Is there a bad side that? :)

    Thanks so much. You should get an Amazon link on your site. I hear if people purchase from it you get a bit of a kick back.....I have purchased a few of your recommendations from them!

    Might be worth it!

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  2. They have a fancy "steel book" edition of this @ Best Buy for, like, $11. Tempting.

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  3. Ill definitely have to look into the Amazon thing, I have been trying to figure out new ways to generate a supplemental income without being intrusive on the site, and that sounds like a great idea Mrs Froggie!

    Im surprised to hear there was a steelbook on this one J, seems like a completely random pick but it may just be worth it!

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