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When developers try to build on sacred Native American land, they awaken the Bone Eater, a terrible monster from the tribes past. The monster is pretty cool for being obviously CGI. It's made up of all bones, and looks like something from the old cartoon Skeleton Warriors. It can dissolve people by spitting acid on them or just by touching them. Later, it even gets a ghost horse to ride, which is one of the best parts of the movie. The monster (and the catchy western movie music that follows him everywhere) is the reason to watch this movie.
A reason to not watch this movie is the plot is a little trite. After the monster starts killing people, the tribe and the local law band together to find a sacred axe and destroy it. The sheriff must re-embrace his Native American heritage and reconcile with his estranged teenage daughter. So don't watch this expecting to be dazzled by the writing.
However, if you're looking to have some fun with a brainless movie, and you like great monsters, Skeleton Warriors, or cheesy horror westerns, this would make a great choice for you.
As I've mentioned a few times, I watch a lot of Sci-Fi Channel Original Movies looking for the next Cube. I've seen some really, really dumb movies while doing this. But I have to say that The Bone Eater tops the list. This is easily one of the worst movies I have ever seen. There were a whole lot of folks in here who really, really needed the money.
The painfully thin plot: a group of construction workers digs up a creature made of bad CGI that can turn people into dust. The local sheriff (Bruce Boxleitner) has to find a way to stop it, after he finds a way to believe in it. There's a bunch of subplots, as well, none of which go anywhere, so you can safely ignore them.
It's far more amusing to find the uncredited former stars in this flick than it is to pay attention to what's going on anyway (Walter Koenig, Gil Gerard, William Katt, and Michael Horse are all credited; a number of others, with Veronica Hamel being the most recognizable, show up in cameos). That said, no one is doing their careers any good by being in this movie, which ranges from stupid to blatantly offensive (if you can think of a Native American stereotype, it pops up somewhere in this flick). The acting is bargain-basement, even from such previous mainstays as Horse. I know I should have turned it off halfway through, once I realized it wasn't going to get any better, but I had to keep watching to see how much worse it could possibly get. I was not disappointed; every time you think the movie's hit a new low, it drops another notch or two. Thoroughly useless; avoid it like the plague. Half a star, because I did, in fact, sit through the whole thing.
There is no way you can take this movie seriously. It's a fun wacky idea and better still, features some old TV favorites in small roles: William Katt as Doctor Boombas, Walter Koenig as Coogan, Veronica Hamel as Commissioner Hayes, Gil Gerard as Big Jim Burns (who would name their kid Big, seriously). In the starring role as Sheriff Steve Evans, there is the always dependable Bruce Boxleitner. His only misfortune is having to deal with a part time snotty daughter home for the summer (spare me the typical angry teenager). And if one villain is good, two is even better (Adoni Maropis as the EVIL Johnny Black Hawk. He has a mighty big knife that he becomes very attach to).
Love this movie; it's dopey, yes, but a great pleasure to behold. Every so often, I find myself pulling it out of the collection to watch; I'm glad I bought it (cheap).
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I freakin love this movie point blank period.Im so glad i got this movie from AmazonPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Why the rating is because I like this movie when I saw it in 07 and glad I found it and watched it twice since. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Alisa Kurtz
"Bone Eater" (2007) is yet another Syfy Grade B monster movie. All these creature features have the same basic plot: Strange monster appears, people start dying, and the locals... Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Wuchak
If a Native American skeleton on a murderous rampage that rides a ghostly steed sounds familiar, it's because before there was Bone Eater for the Syfy channel there was... Read morePublished on October 12, 2010 by Michael J. Tresca