Sunday, June 14, 2009

Boneyard, The (1990)

Directed by:
James Cummins

Detective Jersey Callum (Ed Nelson) and his dimwit partner Gordon (Jim Eustermann) coax troubled 300 lb. psychic Alley Oates (Deborah Rose) out of retirement when a series of unexplained homicides start adding up. Clues lead the trio to a mortuary one night where the dead bodies of three Asian children are resurrected into slime-spewing ghouls who trap the principal characters in the basement and go on a gory killing/possession spree. After a slowwwww start (and a "huh?" flashback that is SUPPOSED to explain things), this really picks up and becomes a nifty little horror comedy with a good sense of humor, attempts at characterization and some surprisingly cool comic book-style FX... like a giant mutant poodle! Good supporting roles for veteran character actors Nelson, Norman Fell as a mortician with a ponytail and Phyllis Diller (who promoted this film during the 1990 televised awards show THE HORROR HALL OF FAME) as the cranky night desk clerk who transforms into a creature that will make your eyes pop out of your head! The director also scripted and did the unique special effects for this fun feature.


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