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The Bone Snatcher (2003)

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After miners disappear in the Namib Desert, scientists find their remains and seek to find what killed them.


Jason Wulfsohn





Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bairstow ... Dr. Zack Straker
Rachel Shelley ... Mikki
Warrick Grier Warrick Grier ... Karl
Patrick Shai Patrick Shai ... Titus
Andre Weideman Andre Weideman ... Kurt
Adrienne Pierce Adrienne Pierce ... Magda (as Adrienne Pearce)
Patrick Lyster ... Johan
Brian Claxton Payne Brian Claxton Payne ... The Creature (as Brian Claxton-Payne)
Sean Higgs Sean Higgs ... Clive
Jan Ellis Jan Ellis ... Harvey
Langley Kirkwood ... Paul
Lulama J. Nombiba Lulama J. Nombiba ... Old Man
Yusuf Hendrics Yusuf Hendrics ... Taxi Driver
Andre Jacobs ... Dr. Muller
Nicola Jackman Nicola Jackman ... Mel (as Nikki Jackman)


After three of its employees have been reported missing in the Southern African Namib desert, the Eland Mining exploration company mounts a search and rescue expedition, comprising more employees which team up with Dr. Zach Straker, who researches extreme survival systems. Amidst the moving sand dunes they find human bones with just some blood on it, and identify them to belong to two of the missing men; then these disappear again, and they observe a strange monster, which according to a native former herdsman is known by the local people as Esikhulu. It's able to (dis)appear, survive shotgun hits, fatally 'incorporate' human bodies -picking them off one by one- and make water turn acid... Written by KGF Vissers

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It will scare you out of your skull.


Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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UK | Canada | South Africa



Release Date:

18 February 2004 (Bahrain) See more »

Also Known As:

Depredadores del desierto See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Benefits from an interesting location
16 November 2004 | by moviemanic07See all my reviews

Mining company employees who venture into the Namib desert to find some lost colleagues find a monster instead in this South African horror film directed by Jason Wulfsohn. While certainly not a classic by any means, I think this film stands heads and shoulders above most of the straight-to-video horror dreck I have recently seen. Technically, the film-making is certainly competent in all categories, even if some of the conflicts between the characters seems forced. Still, the film benefits most from its location: the Namib Desert, whose dry vastness adds a sense of isolation and peril to the proceedings. The bone-snatching monster is also visually interesting. This film is well worth a look. I look forward to seeing Mr. Wulfsohn's next film.

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