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By James W, Thursday 21st June 2018
I pride myself in owning a large library of horror movies, whether it be on tape, laserdisc, DVD, Blu-ray and now 4K editions but for some reason The Boneyard has escaped being a member of my collection. Now this has finally been put right thanks to 88 Films who have given this under the radar schlocker the Blu-ray treatment.
The plot is straight forward as a cop, a psychic and two coroners try and halt a possible "zombie children" outbreak in a mortuary. But this is just the start of their problems.
Way, way, way over-the-top in style and substance, The Boneyard is a joyous and gory celebration of the zombie genre. Though promoted as love letter to the work of George A Romero, its far more Raimi than Romero but this isn't a bad thing, this is great picture that doesn't hold back on the blood and guts and outrageous set-pieces.
Talking of the effects these are pure old school stuff, loads of prosthetics, animatronics and fake blood splattered around the place. There's so much going on and seeing Phyllis Diller turning the acting up to 11 is a joy! She is outstanding as the morgue attendant which makes it worth the price of the disc alone, she's huge value for money. As too are Ed Nelson and Deborah Rose as the tired cop and worl-weary psychic, both perfectly cast in this wild celebration of early 90s horror.
Though comedy and horror rarely work, The Boneyard is a fine example of how to do it right, there is some nice moments of pathos to be found here, not much, but it's there.
88 Films have given the movie a great transfer from its original negative that's bold and colourful with strong tones that allow detail in the darker moments to be seen. The uncompressed stereo soundtrack is free from hiss and allows the dialogue to stay right in the middle of the action.
Extras wise there's and audio commentary with Director James Cummins and Producer Richard F. Brophy, interviews with Actress Phyliss Diller, Director James Cummins and Producer Richard F. Brophy, and a reversible sleeve with alternate comedy artwork.
The Boneyard is a cool, hilarious and fun horror movie that deserves to be given the recognition it deserves.
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