Bones (2001)



Critic Consensus: Slow to start, the sleek looking Bones is more silly than scary.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for violence, gore, language, sexuality and drugs)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Adam Simon, Tim Metcalfe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 26, 2002
Box Office: $6.8M
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as Jimmy Bones

as Pearl

as Det. Lupovich

as Jeremiah Peet

as Eddie Mack

as Maurice

as Stank

as Snowflake

as Jason

as Patrick Peet

as Bill Peet

as Palmer

as Death Lady

as Nancy

as Young Cop

as Young Patrick

as Old Lady on Street

as Elderly Seance Man

as Clubber

as Investigator

as Bones Shadow

as Crackhead

as Skipping Girl No.1

as Skipping Girl No. 2

as Skipping Girl No. 3
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Critic Reviews for Bones

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (26)

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.

Full Review… | December 6, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A mangy and ungainly movie, a cluttered and uncreepy assembly of stale clichés, telegraphed scares and low-rent effects.

Full Review… | November 9, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A grotesquely uneven schlockfest with large doses of bad writing and bad acting amid the delicious moments.

Full Review… | October 31, 2001
Top Critic

Splits the difference between horror and social commentary, with pallid returns.

Full Review… | October 30, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

Made with sufficient skill to produce a few shivers. Just as important, it contains enough self-mocking humor to earn a few laughs.

Full Review… | October 29, 2001
Top Critic

Too much of Bones feels transplanted from genre staples like Hellraiser.

October 25, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bones

If you're looking for one of the worst horror films ever made, then Bones may be the one you're looking for. Starring Snoop Dogg in the title role, Bones is an uneven mess and quite simply a bad film. This is a poorly made horror film that has too many clichéd moments from other, better horror films. Bones fails on so many levels that you don't even know were to begin. This is trash, a poorly made horror film that has an interesting story, but is so poorly executed that it ends up being a waste of time. This is a pointless excuse for a horror film and those who green lit this piece of crap should drop out of the filmmaking business. The elements that comprise the story have been overdone so many times and the acting here is plainly horrible. A waste of time is the best way to describe this poorly crafted horror yarn. This is a stupid film lacking anything creative about its story and the acting is plainly awful. Well, what do you expect from Snoop Dogg, he's a terrible "artist" his music sucks, and his acting sucks even more. He should retire altogether because he's plainly a horrible "musician" and "actor". This film is terrible, the acting is terrible and the story has been done many times before, and better done as well. A terrible horror film that only Snoop fans will enjoy and I don't even know why. As a diehard fan of the genre, I say avoid this film like the plague. Bones is one mess that really can't get cleaned up.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


For a haunted house movie starring Snoop Dogg...I gotta say, it's not that bad. It does a good job of setting things up and looks pretty good, but just has nothing real special to offer.

Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

It does have extremely creepy & disturbing moments & visuals, & has some interesting characters, but the film is just slow, & then towards the ending it gets predictable.

Snoop Dogg is not a bad actor, & he plays his role just fine, but even he & the other cast members can't save the film from being rather silly & slow. As for the blood & gore, there's plenty of it, but the majority of it relies on maggots & tons of gore that just grosses out more than scares.

Frisby 2007

Super Reviewer

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