Ignoring the warnings of a local clairvoyant, young, urban entrepreneurs planning to open a nightclub in a decrepit building on the wrong side of the tracks run afoul of the ghost of Jimmy Bones, who has returned more than 20 years after his death to seek revenge against those who killed him and to clean up his old neighborhood.
Sleepy-eyed hip-hop luminary Snoop Dogg stars in Bones
, an energetic horror film about a hustler who returns from the dead. Jimmy Bones used to rule his street, but now his body lies in the basement of a gothic abandoned house. When a troupe of young DJs and promoters decide to turn the house into a nightclub, dark forces are, unsurprisingly, unleashed. Bones
has a cutting sense of humor, and Ernest Dickerson's direction snaps, crackles, and pops. It's not exactly subtle--the opening scene launches into gore and special effects--but there is some evocative imagery, particularly a large black hellhound that the club kids foolishly adopt as a pet. Snoop casts an effectively spectral aura, and Pam Grier, as the hustler's psychically gifted former girlfriend, has her usual presence and energy. All in all, a dynamic and enjoyable horror flick. --Bret Fetzer