With Halloween upon us, film studios are rolling out the horror films like clockwork. This New Line production is set in a dilapidated, inner-city neighborhood. Twenty years ago, Jimmy Bones (Snoop Dogg), the neighborhood leader, mysteriously disappeared and has since, according to legend, been haunting his former abode. This legend becomes reality when four young people decide to open a nightclub in Jimmy’s old house. Soon enough, they have the place up and running, but as they occupy the house, Jimmy’s spirit becomes stronger. Eventually, Jimmy seeks revenge and strikes back – first at the nightclub owners, then at those responsible for his death and disappearance. While the film has an interesting premise and a feel that hearkens back to the ‘blaxploitation’ films of the seventies, it really relies on tired plot tricks and excessive gore that is more laughable than scary.
Excessive foul language and gore are the main sticking points. The violent content stands out though, with more blood-and-guts scenes than the director seems to know what to do with. Unlucky victims are impaled, beheaded, mauled by a ravenous dog, and bludgeoned to death. That said, the gutter language, gory violence, and some female breast nudity should keep “Bones” buried.