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.