- 85 mins
Somewhere in some seedy corner of San Antonio, Texas, after a convenience-store foodfight turned into a car chase that kills a street gang’s dog, a bunch of friends become the target of leather-clad psycho jocks from hell — so dangerous, they even scare badass Latino gangbangers and police officers! It doesn’t help that they happen to be craving for fresh meat. A cat-and-mouse game ensues and then, halfway through, everything literally goes apesh*t. And we mean King Kong-size shiznit, that implies lots of yelling and screaming in a huuuuge abandoned facility filled with kidnapped women, ready to be _________, by a dysfunctional family of wild freaks: a mustachioed beatnik and his straight razor, a cross-dressing surgeon-butcher having fun with his taser (!), a soon-to-be-unchained ogre (!!) and a ridiculously greasy old man armed with a revolver (!!!). Of course, there will be a roaring chainsaws — and it even gets crazier. You’ll never know what hit you (riots? explosions? gunfire?). In fact, we don’t quite know either.
Written and produced by Kim Henkel, writer of one of the most acclaimed horror films ever, THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974), BONEBOYS is actually a wonderful, yet completely insaaaaaaaane, homage to the horrific classic, with the city in lieu of the original rural setting. In addition to the re-imagination of several characters and scenes from Tobe Hopper’s first two CHAINSAWs, we are served with delicious cameos by actors from the original TCM (Ed ‘Hitchhiker’ Neal, Marilyn ‘Sally’ Burns, Teri ‘Pam’ McMinn, John ‘Grandfather’ Dugan, Perry Lorenz…), its sequel (Bill Johnson AKA Leatherface) and the Henkel-written/directed fourth film of the series, TCM : THE NEXT GENERATION (Bill Wise, executive producer Robert Kuhn from THE TCM: THE BEGINNING). You can almost turn it into a drinking game! Directed by Justin Meeks — who also stars — and Duane Graves (makers of THE WILD MAN OF THE NAVIDAD and the Henkel-produced short HEADCHEESE), the film was shot in the basement of the Sears store where, almost 50 years ago, mass-murderer Charles Whitman shot and killed 16 people. Cannot get any creepier than this.
— Kristof G.