THE BONEYARD (1991) – The Dungeon Review!
I have no idea how The Boneyard slipped under my radar, but I had never even heard of this 1991 film. It begins with two cops attempting to enlist the aid of a psychic who has helped them solve cases in the past. This exchange is quite bizarre and strangely serious considering what occurs later in the film. The case they need her assistance with involves a man who has been arrested for keeping children locked in his basement. The accused claims he had no choice due to a family curse that must be fulfilled. The two cops and the psychic end up at the morgue which is where the majority of the film’s action takes place. I have probably already spent too much time on the plot which when all is said and done seemed somewhat unimportant. This film is far more fun than it is frightening. It obviously doesn’t want to be taken too seriously. The effects are cheesy and over the top and quite wonderful actually! The little zombie children had delightfully nasty looking makeup and the creatures were ridiculous but definitely a blast. Most of the comedy comes from the visuals and not the dialogue. This is a wee bit of a shame since they cast Phyllis Diller as a cranky night clerk named Miss Poopinplatz. More effective verbal humour would have gotten this one even higher marks. However, the visual humour is impressive and really is a hoot! Have I mentioned there is a 50 foot tall zombie poodle?!! If you are a fan of the horror-comedy genre and you like it cheesy I think The Boneyard is a must see! Recommended!
Dungeon Review: 3.5/5
Directed By: James Cummins
Starring: Ed Nelson, Deborah Rose, Norman Fell, James Eustermann, Denise Young, Willie Stratford Jr, Phyllis Diller and Robert Yun Ju Ahn