Bone Daddy (1998)

R  |   |  Crime, Horror, Thriller  |  19 June 1998 (USA)
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A pathologist's book about his work is a good recipe for sick people.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Best ...
Daniel Kash ...
Kirsten Bishop ...
Kyra Azzopardi ...
Michael Caruana ...
Mort Jr.


Doctor Palmer, a former pathologist, wrote a fictional book based on his real cases. In the book, the madman gets caught, but in reality he is still uncaught. After the book is released, Palmer's editor is kidnapped. Palmer soon is sent a present containing a page of his book, and a bone from his editor. Together with the police, Palmer tries to find his editor, who might still be alive. In addition, his own son becomes one of the main suspects. Written by Julian Reischl <>

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Dying is the easy way out.


Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »





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19 June 1998 (USA)  »

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Palmer's Bones  »

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Stone: [ranting to a imobilised Peter] He had to nerve to fuck with my masterpiece!
[flips through the pages of 'Bone Daddy']
Stone: Listen to this; Bone Daddy lived for the sensation he got from taking their lives
Peter: [mocking him] He got you down to a T! He saw through it! He saw right through you!
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Does Rutger Hauer need a better agent or what?
1 March 1999 | by (Toledo, OH) – See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong, 'Bone Daddy' is decent, in a TV-movie kind of way. I've liked Rutger Hauer since Blade Runner, and even though he just keeps churning out the b-movies, I just keep renting them (tomorrow night, I watch Redline!) But man, Rutger is looking OLD in this movie -- he's sporting an old-guy moustache and some extra pounds, and he doesn't DO anything -- he argues, and drives around, and breaks into a jog maybe once before the climax of the film. Add a lumpen, dislikable supporting cast (including a dour Barbara Williams as his inhospitable partner-in-crimesolving) and after a while, not only do you not CARE who the killer is, but you wish s/he'd start knocking off a few more people!

The gross-out factor in this movie is quite high, in a couple of scenes that arrive just when you're about to turn it off in exasperation. The 'Bone Daddy' killer's shtik is to remove the bones from the victims, while they're still alive, and (in this case at least) mail them to our hero, a former forensic pathologist who made the mistake of writing a book about 'Bone Daddy.' It really is kinda creepy, if you think about it. It's much more suspenseful if one of your dumb friends doesn't start singing 'de knee bone's connected to de leg bone, de leg bone's connected to de hip bone...' during the gory scenes, incidentally.

This one just screams 'mid-week rental.' Pick it up cheap, it's not that bad. Or maybe I should organize a boycott of this and all Hauer rentals until he finds an agent that gets him some better scripts to read...

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