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Cinematographer turned director Ernest Dickerson returns to the horror genre with this African-American, urban twist on haunted house stories. Rap star Snoop Doggy Dogg makes his debut as a leading man in the title role of Jimmy Bones, stylish protector of a thriving inner-city neighborhood in 1979. When he refuses to knuckle under to powerful interests bent on introducing crack cocaine into his turf, Bones is betrayed by some of his own people, murdered, and buried in the basement of his gothic home. More than two decades later, the neighborhood is a drug and crime-infested nightmare, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"May be pure trash, but it's trash made with the kind of oozy psychedelic zest that powered a movie like A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The bogus script doesn't leave anyone in the cast, including the usually impressive Pam Grier, much chance of a stellar performance."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"...this blows supremely and it's not Snoop's fault."
‑ John Venable,
"More creepy than scary, but it definitely jangles the nerves."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"Bones wanted to be stylish but ended up being a waste of time."
‑ Tony Toscano, Talking Pictures (U.S.)
"A mangy and ungainly movie, a cluttered and uncreepy assembly of stale clichés, telegraphed scares and low-rent effects."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"It takes a full hour before anything interesting happens (believe me, I checked)..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A fun, over-the-top, campy horror flick starring the perfectly cast Snoop Dogg."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Not only painfully predictable, it is vile."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"The story is a creepy urban parable with a fondness for 70s street culture and exploitation movies and a moral underpinning, but it never gels."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"A grotesquely uneven schlockfest with large doses of bad writing and bad acting amid the delicious moments."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Interesting characters and witty dialogue are overshadowed by predictable gore and an overblown climax."
‑ Tyler Hanley, Palo Alto Weekly
"It's just too bad that every horror movie released these days has a numeral attached to it, or in this case...should have one."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Make no bones about it... this urban frightfest is ridiculously tough to chew on!"
‑ Frank Ochieng,
"No one here escapes offensive, negative stereotyping."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
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