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Bones





"This poor neighbourhood has a new way of scaring its surroundings..."


A group of entrepreneurs acquires a macabre building where they wish to start a nightclub. The neighbourhood advises them not to do so because Jimmy Bones, a known drug lord had been murdered in the mansion twenty years earlier. His wife now owns an occult store and predicts the future. She feels something evil coming from the abandoned building and learns that her daughter has fallen in love with one of the young owners.

Bones uses an enraged dog to transport his soul until he has amassed enough energy to reanimate his bones and get retribution from those who trespassed on his grave and those who betrayed and killed him.

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Ever since Leprechaun In the Hood, we started to miss ghetto horror movies. Candyman was memorable for this but didnít have the same atmosphere as the last two.

The film plays with ridicule and often makes us smile. Many references to the drug traffic and prostitution that can be found in poor neighbourhoods give this film its personality and make it different. When we jump to present time, where most of the action happens, the characters still think of the character that supposedly haunts the building. Sadly, it takes an enormous amount of time for the movie to arrive to the awaited action. In the wait of his massacre, we are fed with premonitory dreams, apparitions and flashbacks, during a whole hour. When Bones awakens, we have right to a good show.. a very good show.

Appropriately, the visual effects are excellent. However, they are computer generated and it shows. These effects are a plus in science-fiction films but not in horror. They are overused. They are always grandiose and impressive in many cases, especially towards the end where the building becomes its astral twin, in hell. We can feel the influence of many other movies but is hard to identify them. Lets just say that we get the feeling that we have already seen all of this on the big screen, without exactly being able to pinpoint the origin. Notably, these movies are Candyman, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth and The Mummy but because it is well orchestrated and because these elements are mixed with new ones, the result is interesting.

I was happy to see Katharine Isabelle in this film, while she doesnít have an important role. She is on the verge of being drafted by a good team and it is at this moment that her fame will begin. She is still very underestimated but her success will eventually come. Snoop Dogg is good in his role but his character isnít really impressive in his human form. In addition, the three masculine teenagers have, with the exception of minor details, the exact same personality.

I am not a fan of horror films that throw dust into your eyes but also concentrate on the serious side of the story by adding a bunch of details. The development of the relation between the daughter, the wife and Bones is too complex for a film that should have remained simple and this is its greatest fault. It is still a movie that shouldnít be missed, mostly for an Afro-American proud of his community. This film successfully portraits them without going into excess, with the exception of the flash backs that were designed to be humorous.

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Memorables aspects
- A dog vomiting millions of maggots that fall on crowd just like rain.
- A dog devouring the torso of one of the adolescents.

Memorables characters
- Jimmy Bones (Snoop Doggy Dogg)

Released in: 2001

Movie type: Horror - Slasher - Haunting - Fantasy - Humor


Films in similar category:
Prom Night III: The Last Kiss
Return to Cabin by the Lake
Cabin by the Lake
House IV
Bride of Chucky

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Steve  
( 2002-05-03 )  




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