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Chilled to the ‘Bones’

Snoop Dogg’s Reprisal as a Full Fledged Actor

By Ashley Robinson

Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson

Written by Adam Simon and Tim Metcalfe

Starring Snoop Doggy Dogg, Pam Grier, Michael T. Weiss, and Cliffton Powell

Rated R

Now we have seen it all. It started with the slew of teenage-slasher horror films, followed by the parodies of the teenage-slasher horror films. Now Hollywood has derived a new formula for this year’s scary flick: Horror meets Snoop-Dogg in director Ernest Dickerson’s Bones.

As if the ghetto isn’t scary enough, this movie is set in a dilapidated neighborhood, which was once Jimmy Bones’ (Snoop Doggy Dogg) stomping grounds back in the day. Any aficionado of Snoop can appreciate the 70’s-pimp-style of his character. Complete with a perm, fly threads, and a deuce and a quarter, Jimmy was the pillar of his community before being murdered by a corrupt cop (Michael T. Weiss) who wanted to introduce crack cocaine into the neighborhood. Betrayed by his closest friends, including his girlfriend Pearl (Pam Grier), Jimmy’s ghost haunts his once luscious brownstone.

The past unfolds in a series of flashbacks, as a group of middle-class kids buy Jimmy’s old brownstone in an attempt to convert it into a nightclub. They inadvertently release Jimmy’s ghost, which returns to human form via the hunger of the kid’s stray red-eyed dog, ironically named Bones. On the prowl again Jimmy Bones is in search of vengeance for those who betrayed him.

True, Snoop Dogg has absolutely no business on the silver screen, and true the supporting cast failed to support him... Despite this, Bones somehow still provides entertainment. It is obvious, by the limited role Snoop actually played, that the director was aware of their star’s lack of talent. Most of his lines consisted of the pimpology that can be heard on any of his albums, such as “It’s a dog eat dog world brotha.” However, the plot managed to shine through the weak acting. Unlike the past dozen horror films, Bones was actually unpredictable and original.

And lets be honest folks, most of us don’t go to see horror films for the great acting or well-developed plot anyways. Our objective is to be scared by watching obscene amounts of blood and gore. And here is where Bones succeeds. The visual effects of this movie, complete with maggots, talking heads, and a man-eating dog, is what leaves moviegoers feeling satisfied, or at least nauseous.

In short, expect to have fun; don’t expect this one to be nominated for an Oscar.