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Bone Sickness - Morbid Vision Films Print E-mail
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Written by Zach Harris   
Friday, 11 January 2008

"Bone Sickness" - Morbid Vision Films DVD

Directed by: Brian Paulin
Written by: Brian Paulin
Produced by: Brian Paulin and Rich George
Editing by: Brian Paulin
Special Effects by: Brian Paulin
Music by: Brian Paulin
Cast: Darya Zabinski, Ruby LaRocca, Rich George, Kevin Barbare, Ernest Hutcherson, and Brian Paulin
Year: 2004
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 98 Minutes

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Video: NTSC Region 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Full Frame
Audio: 2.0 Stereo
Distributor: Morbid Vision Films

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Every now and then a film comes along and reminds me why I love horror in the first place. “Bone Sickness” is one of those films.

Bone Sickness” revolves around Alex McNetti (Rich George, “At Dawn They Sleep”), who is suffering from a degenerative bone disease. His wife Kristen (Darya Zabinski) can’t afford to pay for any expensive medical treatment, so she turns to Alex's best friend, Thomas (Director Brian Paulin, “Mummy Raider”). Thomas has been stealing bones and other body parts and grinding them up to make a special medicine that he hopes will cure Alex. However, the cure ends up being worse than the disease! Next thing you know, the dead rise from their graves and take revenge on the humans for stealing their precious body parts! I don't want to reveal a lot of details about the plot here because the film actually has several surprising and unpredictable plot twists.

Bone Sickness - "Regurgitative Worms"

Before I ever saw “Bone Sickness”, I assumed it would be the same as most independent horror films: a boring story with shitty acting. How wrong I was! The acting in this low-budget, independent zombie film is actually surprisingly good. All of the actors and actresses (who get completely naked!) actually give great performances and it is obvious that they really worked hard to make sure they delivered the best performance possible. Not only was there great acting, but the storyline actually had me interested throughout the entire film. The characters are carefully built up, and the plot was crafted with extreme detail. No fast-forwarding to the gore scenes on this one!

Bone Sickness - "Nudes of Death"

The special effects in the film were unbelievable. We get to see every neck ripped open, every arm pulled off, and every head ripped in half, up close, in all its vomit-inducing glory! There was one particular scene that had me rewinding and asking “How the fuck did they do that?”, which was when Alex has his face literally ripped off. This is one of the all time coolest scenes I have ever witnessed. It was done so convincingly that I actually thought for a split second that they really ripped the actor’s face off! If the gore wasn’t enough, “Bone Sickness” even features some real big-budget style effects. There are two scenes where a person is actually lit on fire, and an amazing multiple car crash scene that involves people actually being hit by cars!

The reason I really love “Bone Sickness” (besides the gore and full frontal nudity), is because it had a very 80’s feel to it in terms of its atmosphere. While watching the movie, I had the same feeling of amazement that I used to get as a child when I would rent horror movies from my local video store. The setting, lighting, and overall atmosphere were just perfect.

Bone Sickness” combines everything I love about horror films: over the top gore, a well thought out and entertaining story, great special effects work, innovative death scenes, great atmosphere, and of course, beautiful naked women! You name it, it’s in there. “Bone Sickness” can appeal to any type of horror fan. People who want to be scared will love it. People who like to be grossed out will love it. People who simply want to see zombies eat people will love it. Even people who love Giallo style “who-done-its” will love it. In my opinion, “Bone Sickness” is truly worthy of the term “masterpiece”, and deserves a place in the horror hall of fame right next to films like “Lucio Fulci’s Zombie”, “Dawn of the Dead”, “Night of the Living Dead”, and all the others.

Bone Sickness - "Care For a Rib"

And if the movie wasn’t already amazing enough on its own, Unearthed Films has recently picked up the rights to the movie and is having director Brian Paulin re-shoot some scenes he passed up on the first time around. The new version of “Bone Sickness” will actually have MORE gore in it!

The bottom line is: if you love horror then you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of “Bone Sickness”.

THE DVD

VIDEO:
4:3 Full Frame
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AUDIO:
2.0 Stereo
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SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:
- Audio Commentary with Brian Paulin and Rich George
- Behind the Scenes
- Outtakes

All of the special features were very entertaining. The audio commentary was very well done, and I had fun listening to Brian and Rich's account of their filmmaking experience. The 31-minute behind the scenes feature was all shot on a home video camera and mainly shows how most of the effects were done and how the sets were built. My favorite special feature was the 17-minutes of outtakes which featured the crew, in full zombie gear, attacking a pizza delivery man!

Bone Sickness - "Flaming George"

Bone Sickness - "Brian Paulin FX Meister!"

Bone Sickness - "Face Removed"

Bone Sickness - "Nocturnal Grope"

Bone Sickness - "Brainless Zombie"

Bone Sickness - "Zombie's Unite!"

Bone Sickness - "Jugular Burst!"

Bone Sickness - "Pre-Dismemberment"

Bone Sickness - "Dining Out!"

Bone Sickness - "Goblin Teeth"

Bone Sickness - "Feast of Flesh"

Bone Sickness - "Fountain of Gore"

Bone Sickness - "Contents of Skull"

Bone Sickness - "Gash to Your Face!"

Bone Sickness - "Amputee Pulls an Argento"

Bone Sickness - "Float"

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Miguel  - Actor   |128.148.151.xxx |2008-06-18 11:41:37
I have to think this review is a puff piece...after reading this...

"The
acting in this low-budget, independent zombie film is actually surprisingly
good. All of the actors and actresses (who get completely naked!) actually give
great performances and it is obvious that they really worked hard to make sure
they delivered the best performance possible. Not only was there great
acting..."

I had to laugh. Look, I'm all for giving kudos where kudos are
due...but the acting in this picture was not good...it wasn't even decent. Here
is a problem with indie movies...people actually think this caliber of acting is
good. Acting is just as important as lighting or sound...if its bad, the movie
suffers. And it does...suffer.

Like I said, I'll give kudos where they are
deserved: the gore and makeup effects in Bone Sickness are incredibly good,
given the micro-budget it was shot with. Makeup artists should take note of
Pauli...
dipu   |59.98.35.xxx |2008-07-15 03:13:06
pls send me the film
dipu   |59.98.35.xxx |2008-07-15 03:13:40
pls send me the film
Chris Mayo     |SAdministrator |2008-08-07 19:46:16
For the most part, I would have to say ?Bone Sickness? exhibits some pretty
decent acting when compared to other low budget zombie films. Paulin and George
steal the show. While I wouldn't issue any awards for the actors, I don't think
the performances detract from the film at all. Bad acting doesn't necessarily
detract from a horror film, as long as it has other entertaining elements such
as copious amounts of grue, nudity, sickness and violence. If a film is lacking
in those departments and contains bad acting then that's a different
story.

Cheers!
Anonymous   |122.2.210.xxx |2008-12-22 03:54:21
wow
DAVID H STRICKLIN   |70.245.211.xxx |2009-09-04 16:21:15
BONE SICKNESS SUCKED BIGTIME!!! I TOOK THE MOVIE BACK TO THE RENTAL STORE WITH
FULL DISAPOINTMENT THEY ENDED UP GIVING ME A FREE RENTAL AND PULLED THE REST OF
THE COPIES OF BONE SICKNESS OFF THE SHELF. AND I WOULDNT RECOMMEND ANYONE
RENTING THIS MOVIE. I THINK THEY JUST NEED TO GO AND FIND A REAL JOB. AND FORGET
ABOUT THE MOVIES. ITS NOT THERE THING. TRUST ME.. I GIVE THE RATING 0.0 STARS
AND A HUGE THUMBS DOWN.
The Mad Hatter   |94.171.194.xxx |2010-07-28 17:35:23
Falls into the category of: So bad, it's good. Acting is crap, writing is crap,
cinemetography is crap, effects are crap, overall crap. Thoroughly enjoyed it
though!

This makes me laugh: "I actually thought for a split second that
they really ripped the actor?s face off!" Really???
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