The Bone Snatcher Release Date: 18 February 2004 (Bahrain) Genre: Horror Director: Jason Wulfsohn Writer: Malcolm Kohll & Gordon Render Staring: Scott Bairstow, Rachel Shelley and Warrick Grier Cinematography is one of those integral points of filmmaking that is all-too-often ignored by direct-to-video productions. On those rare occasions that I sit down with a Hollywood […]

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The Bone Snatcher
Release Date: 18 February 2004 (Bahrain)
Genre: Horror
Director: Jason Wulfsohn
Writer: Malcolm Kohll & Gordon Render
Staring: Scott Bairstow, Rachel Shelley and Warrick Grier

Cinematography is one of those integral points of filmmaking that is all-too-often ignored by direct-to-video productions. On those rare occasions that I sit down with a Hollywood film, it’s amazing to me just how much production value lessens the blow of seeing a shitty movie. The Bone Snatcher is one of the few films to hit the U.S. market, straight from production in South Africa, that looks and feels like it came from Hollywood. Filmed in the desert, it’s one of the few DTV films that, beyond the boxart, appears to be an A-list production.

Only problem is, though, that Bone Snatcher doesn’t have much going for it beyond the aspects of cinematography. Telling a rather meddling story of a rescue crew who, after discovering the bones of their comrades not long after they go missing, encounter mutated monsters in the South African desert, it’s just another film that is too boring to warrant a rental. The few times that the film employs some half decent special effects, it’s overshadowed by the feature’s constant focusing on the cinematography. It takes too long to get into things, and it seems as if this can all be traced back to the filmmakers’ paying too much attention to the film’s look.

Just like some bad indie film, it takes so long to get to certain points that by the time it does, you’ve lost any and all motivation for caring in the least bit. The cast of characters isn’t large, yet I found it impossible to identify with any of them. On the same note, I could barely identify any of the characters. I saw the film roughly five days ago, yet if you ask me today to name off anything remotely identifying concerning them, you’d get nothing but a blank stare from me.

DVD: Tis’ the season to be a Standard Direct-to-Video Release™.

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