Writer: Mitch Wilson (Screenplay)
Starring: Julin, Tom Zembrod, Katie Bosacki, Cameron Deane Stewart, Taylor Tippins, Justin Arnold, Mary Catherine Wells
Plot: A group of bored college students unleash a murderous demon while playing a dice game made from human knucklebones.
Tagline – Roll Them Bones
Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Gore Filled Horror
Story: Knucklebones starts as we see a Nazi experiment go horribly wrong, years later we meet Neesa (Julin) who gets dumped by her boyfriend where she attempts suicide, her best friend Samantha (Bosacki) invites her to hang out at an abandoned building.
In the building, Neesa, Samantha are joined by Kia (Tippins), Adam (Stewart) and Travis (Arnold) as they explore the abandoned building with drinks in tow. When the friends find a dice game they play the games that involves human knucklebones in a hope to summon the demon himself and soon they will race to survive as Knucklebones comes after them all.
Thoughts on Knucklebones
Characters – Well characters, this will be short and sweet, Neesa is our leading lady, she has been dumped by her boyfriend and tried to kill herself, to help recover she goes with her friends to get drunk and maybe laid, while summoning demons (as you do) she is against this last part, but must face the consequences. The rest of the groups are generically painful, and you learn nothing of any note about them. Knucklebones is the killer, relentless and unkillable, he will kill everyone.
Performances – The performances are you would imagine are not going to impress in this film, Julin is solid as our leading lady and Tom Zembrod does make for an imposing villain, but the rest, let’s just stay with they weren’t very good at all.
Story – The story is five young adults that while on a drinking night end up releasing a demon and needing to survive to send it back to hell. There isn’t much more to go into here, we have seen it all before and we don’t really care where things go, we even get a random group of four people thrown into the story just for the women to get naked and the characters to be killed, not the most original either. There also doesn’t seem to be many rules to what they can or can’t do even though they play it out like the people can’t leave.
Horror – The horror comes into the film with the killer just butchering the characters with plenty of blood and gore.
Settings – Most of the horror takes place in the abandon building, which is fine and works, but suddenly we can find ourselves outside this location which doesn’t make complete sense.
Special Effects – The gore effects are the highlight of the film, we get plenty of moments of gore heavy which will keep people happy.
Final Thoughts – This is a standard but forgettable horror movie, it follows the ABCs of horror not offering us characters we care about.
Overall: Forgettable horror