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Bone Sickness (2004)

DVD Cover (Unearthed Films)
Genres:
Horror, Zombie Film
Director:
Brian Paulin Brian Paulin
Starring:
Kevin Barbare Kevin Barbare
Griff Brohman Griff Brohman
Brian DeClercq Brian DeClercq
Rich George Rich George
Ernest Hutcherson Ernest Hutcherson

4.5 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: June 21, 2005
In this zombie film by Brian Paulin (who is quickly becoming one of my favorite indie directors after this and At Dawn They Sleep), we find a loving couple consisting of Kristen (Darya Zabinski) and Alex McNetti (Rich George). They turn out to be your typical young couple, with the exception being that Alex is slowly dying from a degenerative bone disease while Kristen attempts to find a cure with no help from the doctors. She turns to family friend Thomas Granger (Brian Paulin) for help, and he comes up with the idea of feeding bone fragments to Alex in order to replenish his cells and whatnot. Of course, Alex wouldn't go for this if he knew about it, so the two sneak these fragments into his food and assure him that it's various herbs and chunks of granola. He buys this story, but his condition still worsens as time passes. The reason, Thomas concludes, is that they were giving him diseased bones from rotting corpses instead of fresh material. Thomas attempts to remedy that problem, but bigger problems lie ahead for these kids... the dead that Thomas stole the bone chunks from are pissed off and have returned to wreak havoc on the living... and they're not very concerned with who actually did what and who knew what was going on.

Personally, I'm a big fan of horror. Anyone who has glanced over the recent reviews list on this site could probably guess that much. When it comes to horror, zombie films are my favorite subgenre. Anyone who has looked around in the "Genres" section of this site could probably guess that much as well. I've seen a whole lot of zombie films, ranging from some of the greatest films ever made (Romero's Holy Trilogy) to the some of the most god-awful pieces of shit ever committed to film (Zombiez). After watching Bone Sickness, it's pretty apparent that Paulin shares these sentiments as well. Everything I want and expect from a zombie film is presented here - a basic, original storyline to set up the impending doom, good-looking zombies, and plenty of the red stuff (T&A shots are an added bonus, and those were featured in ample doses as well).

The storyline, if you couldn't tell from the above summary, is completely original; there's none of that "zombies show up, humans hide in a house, repeat for an hour" nonsense that a majority of the zombie films present. While those do work out nicely on occasion, it's so much better when the writers of the film put a bit of effort into making something fresh and original to go along with their zombie carnage, and Paulin delivers on this account. While the summary should be enough to show off the originality that is found here, there's also a fair number of twists that come about later on in the movie which makes things even more interesting. This side of the movie is rock-solid, and zombie fans simply can not go wrong here.

Then, we have the true stars of the movie... the zombies themselves. The first thing I'd like to say about them is that they look completely awesome. Each one wears a full costume and mask, and these costume designs are both realistic and horrifying. There's no white face / black eyeliner cop-outs here, nor is there any "extras" to be found rounding out the zombie packs. Each zombie received plenty of attention to ensure that they looked great for the camera, and the result is one highly pleasing film for the eyes of zombie fans. Of course, the zombies can look great and have the best costumes in the world, but what the audience really wants to see is gore, entrail-eating, and rivers of blood. All of this is delivered as well, and there's plenty of inventive kills to be found (with a human head being pulled apart and split at the mouth being one of my personal favorite shots of the movie).

Zombie fans should waste no time in obtaining a copy of this movie. It's definitely one of the best movies in the genre that I've come across in a long time, and I have a feeling that plenty of you undead lovers would share that sentiment. As of now, you have two methods of seeing this film. One method would be hitting up the Morbid Vision Films site (see the "website" link at the top of this page or click here for the order page). There, you can purchase the movie for fifteen bucks and receive a copy on DVD from the director himself. Alternatively, you can wait until October and purchase the Unearthed Films release which will feature about twenty minutes worth of footage shot exclusively for that release. Either purchase (or both) would be highly recommended from yours truly. 10/10.
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Tristan #1: Tristan - added 06/22/2006, 10:05 AM
I've been trying to find this on Slsk and torrents for months. Thank god it's finally coming to DVD.
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