So many great films have come out this year and it’s hard to keep up on all of them. I had been wanting to watch Bonejangles for the longest time and finally got the chance! I was hoping for a horror comedy drenched in blood, silly one-liners, and ridiculousness. Was it worth the wait?
Distributed by Wild Eye Releasing, Bonejangles was directed by Brett DeJager and written by Keith Melcher. The film stars Phantasm’s Reggie Bannister, Elissa Dowling (Beach Massacre at Kill Devil Hills 2016), Kelly Misek, Jr. (V/H/S Viral 2014), Julia Cavanaugh (Fame Dogs 2016), Devin Toft (Adopted 2013), Jamie Scott Gordon (Lord of Tears 2013), Lawrence Wayne Curry (Oasis 2016), and Hannah Richter (Hot Tub Time Machine 2010).
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.
Bonejangles is one hell of a film. Although it’s a horror comedy, it definitely doesn’t fit into just one subgenre. It’s a bunch of things mixed into one and it works out wonderfully. You never know what to expect next. With a uniquely twisted story, great characters, and lots of blood splatter, Bonejangles delivers on all aspects.
We’ve all seen zombie films before. We’ve all seen slashers before. We’ve all seen supernatural stories before. Bonejangles mixes these all together, creating one beautiful, chaotic mess. The scenario of using Bonejangles to defeat the curse reminds me of how in Freddy vs Jason, they used Jason to help defeat Freddy.
The characters were ridiculously fun. They are packed full of dumb ideas, high ambitions, and the overall will to do good even if they slightly suck at it. I enjoyed all the performances, but there are a few that stood out above the rest. Elissa Dowling doesn’t have a huge part, but the moments she’s on screen are captivating. She’s wickedly beautiful. Hannah Richter delivered hilarious one-liners and is a badass. “Ladyboy” made me laugh quite a bit when he’s following the trail of Twinkies and oblivious to everything around him. Then there was the one and only Reggie Bannister, who is always a sight to see on screen. He’s ruthless, mean, and isn’t going out with a fight. “Project your wee-winkie!”
Bonejangles stands strong against other horror icons such as Michael, Jason, and Freddy. He’s definitely a force to be reckoned with and I love his style. Maybe he will become a household name, just like those that came before him. Plus his Dad is Reggie Bannister… brownie points right there.
The film doesn’t shy away from blood and Bonejangles isn’t picky about his prey or weapon of choice. Whatever comes in handy: marshmallow on a stick, guitar, rock… you name it, he’ll use it.
Overall, Bonejangles is a horror comedy that has something for everyone and is a perfect film to watch during October. So, grab your popcorn, get comfy, press play, and don’t forget to protect your wee-winkie!