A reclusive circus master invites a group of social media stars to his house of haunts. Anyone who can make it out before being scared into submission will earn $250,000 - but the stars ... See full summary »
The night before a local haunted house opens for Halloween, six friends sneak in for a few hours of fun. Soon after entering, they find themselves trapped inside with no way out. Their ... See full summary »
K. Danor Gerald,
Have an appreciation for horror and the concept was kind of interesting. So although expectations were far from high, considering the general standard of low budget films seen recently, part of me was hoping that 'Knucklebones' would be at least tolerable.
There are definitely worse films than 'Knucklebones', of the horror genre and overall, and it is not even close to being one of the worst, let alone the worst, low budget films seen recently. That on the other hand doesn't make it good, it does far too little with the potential it had in the concept and it doesn't even have enough to make it tolerable. Much of it is pretty lame actually but it is not irredeemable, it frustrated me and has more flaws than it has good things but it didn't at least completely bore or confuse me like some other films did me recently.
A few not bad things. Knucklebones himself looks pretty decent, was expecting far worse and he was not as cheap or ridiculous-looking as expected.
It's not too badly shot. And at least it's reasonably coherent.
However, 'Knucklebones' is also very erratically paced, rushed structurally but dull in momentum. Knucklebones himself doesn't look bad, but in terms of personality and writing he is not sinister at all, pretty cheesy actually and tries too hard to be a horror villain icon like Freddy Krueger but with none of what made that character have the reception he does now.
'Knucklebones' is really quite bad when it comes to the writing. Very stilted and induces too often some unintentional laughs. There were attempts at dark humour, but it was not dark or sharp enough and was instead silly and clumsy. Even worse is the acting, which is pretty awful all round while having to work with annoying characters.
Photography aside, the film looks cheap. It's too drably lit and then there are the not-worth-mentioning-because-they're-so-bad-beyond-description effects. The story didn't confuse me at least but there was no tension, suspense or fun whatsoever, it was just far too safe blandness which not even the gratuitous gore could spice up. What seemed like references to horror films were not clever or affectionate, they were just derivative and clumsy with little point to some of them. It's forgettably scored too, and flatly directed.
Overall, not a complete shambles but lame. 3/10 Bethany Cox
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