Sunday, October 21, 2018

My Review Of "Bonehill Road"

Todd Sheets' boondocks werewolf horror "Bonehill Road" is an impressive little beast. The film stars Eli DeGeer, Ana Rojas-Plumberg, Millie Milan, Dilynn Fawn Harvey, Linnea Quigley, Gary Warner Kent, Douglas Epps, and Aaron Brazier. "Bonehill Road" plays out like the battered lovechild of "The Howling" and "Nailbiter".

Emily and Eden Stevens escape one violent situation only to dive head first into another. Terrified and alone they are stranded in the dark woods only to be chased into a horrific scene in a house or horrors. They must work together to get out alive. But what is worse? What is on the inside or out?

Sheets' story is a pretty hefty dose of humanizing, hard luck horror and full on creature feature nightmare. The mother - daughter duo endure a double dose of torment and abuse on one really bad day! The complexity Todd Sheets tackles, in depth and darkness, is ambitious. The start is a little taxing in deluvery, based on acting and dialog. But don't be fooled, "Bonehill Road" goes from 0 to 60 within minutes. Even the level of acting and dialog picks up. 

The characters are recognizable and offer a contemporary element that elevates the new-classic monster movie premise,  exposing the dark underbelly of human cruelty, shown through aspects of domestic violence - abuse of women - dangers of very real predators. All this weaved within a setup horror tale with some epic looking werewolves. Other than a few moments of over-emoting, the drama and action is methodic and even, giving "Bonehill Road" a consistent flow from beginning to theatrical end.

Creature design and practical effects are king here, and for a low budget indie film, very good. No CGI,  full bodied "Howling / Dog Soldiers" styled werewolves, plenty of blood and gore and one pretty cool transformation sequence give "Bonehill Road" a status unequaled by most low budget horror attempts, and put it up there with some of the finest indie werewolf movies of all time. Add to that creepy atmosphere,  quality music score and this one is a must see slice of horror. (4/5)

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