Saturday, 11 February 2012
DVD review: Bone Sickness (Video 2004) Morbid Vision Films edition
Kristen (Darya Zabinski) is caring for her Terminally ill husband Alex (Rich George) who is suffering from a degenerative bone disease. With no cure available she turns to Thomas (Brian Paulin) to help find an alternative form of medicine that has unimaginable side effects. Bone Sickness is written by and directed by Brian Paulin who also made the soundtrack, edited and plays one of the main characters. This film is ultra low budget, and it looks low budget. The acting isn´t very good but let´s be realistic, we ain´t watching Bone Sickness and expecting Oscar winning perfomances, we´re watching it for the gore. The special fx done by Brian Paulin are decent, but I especially like the zombies old-school look zombies. They are of the slow, clunky, Fulci variety which I love. We get loads and loads and loads of gore (the gory effects reminded me of the old Italian gore films) and there are also some decent nudity on display. On the technical side there are some audio problems, there is no quick editing or shaky cameras but the editing is pretty bad. I like the simple but fitting soundtrack.
This review is based on the DVD released by Morbid Vision Films, it´s available through their website .
Please note that there is a alternate version of the film released by Unearthed Films, a review of that release will be online later this month.
Rating: 2½ out of 7. Bone Sickness is a gorefest, it has a couple memorable moments, but it isn´t very entertaining but rather dull. I do enoy a film that has that low budget charm but the pacing is too slow, the editing isn´t very good and just when the film seems to ended it keeps going, and then again when you think it´s the end it continues...
I would like point out that Brian Paulin has improved his craftmanship, see Fetus and Blood Pigs both of which are much better than Bone Sickness.