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  • Dec 5, 2012


I love horror movies maybe more so than any other type of movie there is, I also like Ernest Dickerson, Pam Grier, Clifton Powell and Snoop Dogg. So when this film was first announced I was excited about it, a horror film involving all of them and a throwback to the blaxploitation films of old. Then when the trailer was released I couldn't wait to check it out, I still remember when it first came out, I was in Maryland at the time.

Jimmy Bones [Snoop Dogg] was the man in the 70's in his neighborhood as the local baller who looks after the community. Always with his right hand man Jeremiah [Clifton Powell] and girlfriend Pearl [Pam Grier] Jimmy could not be living a better life, until a crooked cop and drug dealer brought in by Jeremiah murder him in his own building. Years go by and the neighborhood deteriorates and Jimmy's once great home is now a broke down closed up site. Locals say the place is haunted but that does not stop a group of friends from buying the property and turning it into a nightclub. Of course all is not what it seems and the discovery of a body sets a supernatural old school gangster free and out for revenge.

So did the film live up to my expectations, in all honestly no. That is not to say that it is a bad movie because it really is a fun flick, your average horror flick but still fun. In fact I would go as far to say that if Dickerson was not at the helm then this would have been pretty bad. The best thing about the movie is the style in which the director made it, there are some excellent shots and images here. Of course this is not surprising seeing that Dickerson was a cinematographer before his directing days working for Spike Lee most famously. There are some legit creepy images here.

The look of the film is great but what about the performances you ask, they range of course but none are horrible. Yes that goes for Snoop as well because even though he is still very much Snoop it is cool to see him here. Snoop is Snoop and will not win any acting awards here but I loved Clifton Powell in this film. He plays Jimmy's best friend and father to most of the main teens here. Of course I always love Pam Grier and I very much do here as Jimmy's girl and mother to one of the teens. Speaking of those youngsters I have to say that all were good in this flick. They of course are mostly used for the body count but hey you need that in these flicks.

Written by Adam Simon and Tim Metcalfe I would have to say that "Bones" is one of those movies that falls right in with the time period that it came out in. It looks like and feels like a horror movie made in the early 2000's. You know the type I am speaking of, films like "Halloween Resurrection", "Jason X", "Darkness Falls" and so on. Now I do like all of the films I just mentioned for the most part but when I watch them I get that they were all geared to younger audiences, no complaints but you can tell the era they were made in. Now none of that is a bad thing because like I said I enjoyed them all but at the time most horror movies kinda felt the same, that is all I am saying. The difference here in this film though is the nods to Italian horror films with Dickerson's direction. Anyone who has seen it I am sure knows what I am talking about and for those that don't, check out the special features.

Which brings me to the special features on the DVD, this is an excellent DVD release. There are multi making of/behind the scenes features that add so much to the release, a great commentary track, and so much more including the music video for one of my favorite Snoop songs of all time, "Dogg Named Snoop". Speaking of that I highly recommend you check out the soundtrack because it is one of those actual music inspired by OST's. Full of great music especially if you enjoy darker or West Coast hip hop. Now I know that there are those that don't like this movie but I enjoyed it and thought it was fun. There is cheese to be found here but there is a lot of good to see as well. The DVD is an excellent purchase in my opinion and the soundtrack is an excellent purchase as well.


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December 06, 2012
this was fun, not great but had enough going for it to become solid.
December 07, 2012
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Quick Tip by . December 05, 2012
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Now I know that there are those that don't like this movie but I enjoyed it and thought it was fun. There is cheese to be found here but there is a lot of good to see as well. The DVD is an excellent purchase in my opinion and the soundtrack is an excellent purchase as well.
review by . October 14, 2002
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Pros: cool dog and Bianca Lawson     Cons: Grier without a doubt and Dogg not all that great     The Bottom Line: special effects not enough to make a movie even with Bianca Lawson in it        It was a stormy night, wind blowing the tree out front and whistling through the windows. Lightning flashing and thunder rumbling, ghostly sounds and eerie feelings. The small hairs on my neck were sizzling, I was alone except for my thoughts …
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BONES features rapper Snoop Dogg in his first starring role as the benevolent neighborhood kingpin, Jimmy Bones, who is betrayed and murdered in 1979, and returns to get his horrific revenge twenty years later. Patrick (Khalil Kain), the son of one of the witnesses to the murder, Jeremiah (Clifton Powell), decides to turn the creepy abandoned brownstone where Bones once lived into a nightclub. He and his crew move into the building, where a terrifying presence makes itself known. Patrick also meets the beautiful Cinnabar (Bianca Lawson), the daughter of Bones' old flame, Pearl (Pam Grier). But the vengeful spirit released from the old house jeopardizes their newfound love, and their lives. Drenched in stage blood and sprinkled with sex, BONES delivers its gory chills in the style of Italian horror masters like Mario Bava and Dario Argento, with a touch of Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name thrown in. Director Ernest Dickerson proved his skill at horror with the entertaining TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNI...
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Release Date: 2001
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Warner Home Video (February 26, 2002)
Runtime: 1hr 32min
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