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There are a few lines of verse that attempt to make Bones resonate with the haunting power of a presence that rap star and now actor Snoop Dogg can embody.  But Ernest Dickerson's foray into horror is a technical exercise that fails to frighten or entertain.

Through the backstory of Dogg's image as a Shaft character, respected by the people, finally fatally cut up by those closest to him, Bones is vamped up visually.

Using Jimmy Bones' (Dogg) reputation as a cool, urbane caretaker, Dickerson ably works with his editor Michael Knue to glimpse into what happened in the hood back in 1979 with heavy emphasis on visual effects and CGI.  The dialogue makes Bones a gritty, yet decrepit spectral sight on screen.  Besides a demonic dog, the unconvincing story turns on a group of kids attempting to make that old Gothic haunted house into a swank nightclub which is the dreary setting for Bones.

Bones' old friend is Jeremiah, played by Clifton Powell (Rush Hour & Dead Presidents).  Jeremiah is the father of Patrick (Khalil Kain) and Bill (Merwin Mondesir) along with their step sister Tia (Katherine Isabelle) and doesn't like that his kids have returned to his old neighborhood.

Bones was made with Dogg in mind and the other character played by a star in Dickerson's formulaic B-movie is Pam Grier's Pearl, a psychic card reader.  This dark, gothic thriller raises much hell but little terror except for those wrought with the fear of Jimmy Bones.

As the gore accumulates in splattering unoriginal fashion, Bones tries to make some statement on impressing one's elders and single-parent and mixed racial families, but it's as run down as the cavernous brownstone.

Dickerson and Dogg obviously are talents who seem to be right for each other, but Bones is more messy than creepy, the blood flows like paint, the maggots fly through a vibrant dance like Minute Rice and we realize Bones has no marrow.


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