Bonejangles (2017)

Director: Brett DeJager

Writer: Keith Melcher (Screenplay)

Starring: Reggie Bannister, Elissa Dowling, Julia Cavanaugh, Kelly Misek Jr, Devin Toft, Jamie Scott Gordon, Hannah Richter


Plot: While transporting the legendary serial killer Bonejangles to an asylum, a group of police officers break down in a town cursed with demonic zombies. The only way they can survive the night and save the town is to release Bonejangles to help them fight the curse, with something much worse.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Target Audience Will Enjoy


Story: Bonejangles starts as Edgar Friendly Jr known as Mr Bonejangles is about become captured by the local police including Doug (Misek Jr), Randy (Gordon) and Lisa (Richter). Bonejangles is known for his believing he is invincible which even the cops are fearful of.

When Bonejangles is captured Doug, Randy and Lisa must transport him to the nearest asylum but things don’t go as planned when the van gets stuck in a small town of Argento who is going through the night where the dead roam the streets, now Doug must step up and face his former life to stop Bonejangles.


Thoughts on Bonejangles


Characters – Doug is the shy unconfident cop that along with his partner Randy are known as the worst cops in the department. He finds himself returning to his home town where he must face the people that pushed him into becoming a cop. Sally is the former love of Doug’s back in Argento, she is about to get married but Doug’s appearance will give her a chance to rethink things. Randy is the idiot partner of Doug’s who always tries to make him get out of trouble. Bonejangles is an interesting addition to the serial killer idea, we get an origin story for him and see plenty of kills which could become something more in the future.

PerformanceThe performances through the film are all what you would come to expect in the film of this budget, the actors all look like they did enjoy themselves but no performance will go down in the levels of the great horror performances.

StoryWe have a new unstoppable serial killer, check, we have an unlikely hero, check, we have moments that make us laugh, check, well what more do you want in a story? We do follow the ideas horror and this will be everything the fans of the horror comedy will enjoy.

Horror/ComedyThe serial killer and gore filled kills all work for the horror genre. The comedy comes from the poking fun at moments in horror with one of the best being the chainsaw moment.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in a town called Argento (I think which must be a reference to the great director) but small town, big legend this all works for what we need.

Special EffectsThe effects are low budget and work for parts of the film, we get to laugh at certain moments because of the kills which do feel like buckets of blood at times.

Scene of the Movie – The chainsaw, that is all I will say.

I always get annoyed by one thing in a movie, this is that moment My biggest complaint in this film is that we the audience are meant to fully understand how deadly Mr Bonejangles is, but it is hard to get into that mindset with bigger names in horror, I know this is an attempt to create a new horror character too.

Final ThoughtsThis is a horror film that the target audience will enjoy so I would suggest to the horror comedy fans.


Overall: Enjoyable horror comedy that works for the audience.




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