Charisma Carpenter stars as a psychic who "reads" supposedly "hauntedplaces" hired by a reality TV show. Corin Nemic is a self-absorbedcelebrity television host whose cheesy show, Sinister Sites, is sinkingin the ratings, needing a boost so he reluctantly agrees to attend(orso he thinks)the newest selected house(The Wicker House, where a childwent missing), which, unlike other fraud turkeys, is legitimatelyhaunted. Charisma senses a lot of pain which will visit upon theSinister Sites crew over a night shoot. It doesn't take long beforeparanormal activity rears it's ugly head. Technical equipment(cameras,sound microphones,recorders, even a little remote controlled robot)areput to good use in the hopes of capturing something substantiallysignificant. Sci-fi channel haunted house flick wears out the usual,and very tired, clich?s. There's a well located in the slavesquarters(..which is now an abandoned shack)which is kind of a belly ofthe Wicker house(..we actually hear crunching sounds after a dead bodyis thrown into it, signaling it's feeding!)and come to find that itmust be fed. Those caught in the house include Carpenter(..as Heather),producer Tom Rule(Rick Robinson, Jr, who gets all excited at thepossibilities that this show will yield actual results seeing careeradvancement), crew members Greg(Marcus Lyle Brown) and Simon(CollinGalyean)& invited guest Bub(Kyle Russell Clements). We soon discoverthat the house is needing a "caretaker" to provide it with humannourishment. Nemec doesn't really factor into the plot, ashost/executive producer Quentin, until the very end, and really doesn'thave much to do other than bemuse as a smug Hollywood "star". Carpenterremains frightened and cautious(..when she isn't ill either fromspitting blood or gagging hair?!?!). The character of Tom changesbehavior almost spontaneously, which never makes a hell of a lot ofsense, going from scared rabbit wanting to get out of the house, tovoluntary killer willing to do it's evil bidding. Stephanie Honore isSarah, the house's Realtor, and unfortunate victim when she shows up,believing she was called by Simon, when in fact it was the building'sevil to summoned her! Ridiculous plot, story developments, and finalesink this pitiful movie which is devoid of thrills or chills. An eye isgouged by a small drill, an ax is hurled into a victim's back, asharred piece of window glass stabs into another victim's mouth, etc. Ifigured this was more or less a spoof on "ghost reality shows", such assci-fi channel's very own "Ghost Hunters", failing miserably.User: mrohlee
I watched "House of Bones" after seeing a mention in USA Today thatCharisma Carpenter from Buffy/Angel was starting in it. What a letdown. I do not understand why the producers would put her in the moviethen give her virtually nothing to do. As a basic "haunted house" movieit is okay. In this case the house doesn't have ghosts living in as thehouse itself it sort of alive. A team of ghost hunters come after goingto 50 other houses none of which showed any real paranormal activity.Charisma sort of shows up with no back story as some class of medium.She is wearing baggy clothes and there is no attempt to glam her up.Okay as the story starts to unwind the ghost hunters are running aroundthe place and about every ten minutes the script has Charisma holdingher head and complaining about the evil presence. I kept waiting forher character to step up and take over or become possessed or dosomething else to become the focal point of the story. But no, it neverhappens. The part wasn't any kind of a show case, it was something theycould have pulled anyone off the street and stuck in there and therewouldn't have to change any dialog. I don't understand this as theycould have kept the story virtually the same but have character thatgets the most screen time and is alive at the end be played byCharisma. That I would have enjoyed, this is just disappointing.
So if you want to see a "C" movie about a haunted house it's okay as atime filler. If you want to see Charisma Carpenter as I did this is notsomething to watch.
I had no particular expectations to the this movie, as it is a Syfyproduct.
The story seems like rip-off of "House of Haunted Hill" with someelementals from "The Ring" tossed in just for good measure, sort ofhaving potential and was not too shabby. The first two-thirds of themovie were rather interesting. Despite it being labelled as a horrormovie, there was very little to scare you in it. No major shocks orfrights. Nothing creepy or crawly, just some mediocre stuff going on,and with mediocre CGI to accompany it. Then throughout the last thirdof the movie it all fell to the ground in a most horrible way. Themovie became so boring and stupid during the last third part.
As for the cast? Well, some did an alright job, except for Corin Nemec.Wow, he was so miscast for this role. He looked like he was strugglingwith insects inside his pants. It was physically embarrassing to watchhis horrendous performance in this movie. He is semi-alright incomedies, but here it was terrible to behold his acting (or rather,lack thereof).
The setting of the movie was adequate. Would have worked better, if thehouse had a more dark and brooding appearance and feel to it.
The movie is lukewarm entertainment at best. Don't except any thrillsor chills from it though. And don't expect a showcase of awesomeeffects. If the movie experience was to be compared to a roller-coasterride, then the ride would have no steep hill or facedown plunges, justa plain leveled ride with little amusement. For a ghost movie, this waspretty lame. It pales in comparison to movies like "13 Ghosts", "Houseof Haunted Hill", "The Haunting" and such.
The most scared I was, was for concern if I would be able to keepmyself awake through the entire movie.
after watching this i can this is way better than ghost hunters. thismovie totally rocks. the plot line does seem kinda weak but the moviereally picks up in a lot of other areas. they get to the house thatthey are investigating and everything seems to go wrong at exactly thesame time, the assistant doesn't follow instructions and he does whathe wants to do which leads to his disappearance, while the crew golooking for their co-worker others have strange things happen to themlike the TV coming on and a commercial that keeps on repeating itself,somehow the house is evil and needs to eat , for years the house hasbeen evil, so it is trying to kill off the inhabitants one by one. a TVreality show-host makes his way to the house only not in time. laterthe crew discover a well where all the bodies have been disposed of. ahso this is where they all go when the house is hungry, but who isfeeding it.User: PhantomAgony
Anyone who watches original SyFy movies knows what to expect - a lowbudget look, often a poor script and average to below average acting.No one watches an original SyFy film for greatness - it's justshameless entertainment even if that entertainment comes from how badthe movie is and House of Bones is really no different.
Basically, there is a TV show called Sinister Sites that goes to'haunted' houses, films footage and airs what they found. Up til thelatest house, the crew hadn't really found anything spooky and reliedon smoke machines and tactics (always shoot at night) to drum up thescare factor and manipulate their nothing findings into an interestingshow for viewers to watch. The ratings for the show were dropping sothe show added a pretty female psychic to the team (Charisma Carpenter)and also decided that rather than stand behind a green screen and hostthe show, the host would actually go to the locations as well.
Of course THIS house is not like the others - it's actually HAUNTED.People have been disappearing from this home for years (slaves,prostitutes, children) with the last person disappearing in 1950 - alittle boy. Things immediately seem odd when the refrigerator isstocked full of fresh produce/food despite no one having lived there indecades. Then, as the crew starts setting up cameras and devicesthroughout the house, one of the members goes MISSING! .. and let thecraziness ensue.
I can not stress enough that if you want to watch this movie becauseyou like Charisma Carpenter, just pass. Although she's technically inmost of the movie, she doesn't really do anything. She's the psychicand she spends most of the movie randomly walking through the housegetting vibes saying nothing other than the occasional 'We need toleave' or 'This house is evil' and is often randomly in the backgroundof scenes where the other actors are actually doing/saying things. Shedoesn't have much dialogue and doesn't really actually do anythingbeyond what an extra could handle til maybe the last twenty minutes andeven then, it's nothing to write home about. Just a fair warning seeingas how this movie is horrible. No reason to watch for her since it'snot worth it - trust me.
In the end, you have a stupid, cheaply made SyFy movie that completelyfalls apart in the past 3rd of the film. It gets too ridiculous andstupid to be taken even partially serious and by the end you willprobably be laughing like me at how DUMB it is. Just pass. 3/10
House of Bones isn't terrible. That might usually be the best thing Ican say about it, but the writers and director do deserve a littlecredit. The direction is competent and the cinematography is actuallyimpressive for a straight-to-TV feature (meaning it doesn't look likecrap or made rushed or hyper-stylized or tinted or whatever). And thescript has a few legitimately funny lines of dialog between the baffledcrew members on the reality TV show about to film an episode on ahaunted-HUNGRY house (must emphasize hungry as it needs to eat). Andwhen it comes time to get to the gore and effects and some of the usuallot of chincy CGI, it's not half-bad. And yet the script does falterwhen it comes time to really get to internal logic, or to explainingthings in exposition, or bringing on the stereotypical a-hole TV showhost who comes in the last third of the movie for a lot of uselessyammering until his fate comes clear.
But most depressing of all is seeing Charisma Carpenter here. She'snever been a Shakespearean thespian or anything, but she's never neededto be. Featured on Buffy and Angel for many of their best seasons,she's always been a solid actress for those and other shows. But hereshe looks kind of bored and almost a little sad to be having thedubious pleasure of starring in a straight-to-SyFy channel movie. Whileher fate isn't quite as abysmal as her co-stars on those shows (AmberBenson in Gryphon and Nicholas Brendon in Fire Serpent), it's no greatshakes for her character, a psychic and ghost-talker of some kind whoshould be leaving the house the moment she starts coughing up blood,but stays on for the good (or bad) of those around her in this crazyold piece of property. She doesn't bring the film down, but it's hardfor her to do anything to bring up the standard at best so-so at worststupid and laughable piece of horror drek before her.
I just finished watching "House of Bones" and I must say that I wasimpressed. When I tuned in I thought that I was just watching anotherboring, pointless Sci-Fi movie or "SyFy" as they now call it. Theacting was way better than I was expecting Charisma was great asalways, but the others were surprisingly good also. Some of the Specialeffects were a little cheesy but for a "SyFy" they were great. I was onthe edge of my seat from the very start when the boy went to get hisbaseball and all the way to the very end. The story & plot of a hauntedhouse that wasn't just haunted but very much alive was familiar,probably used before, but still very interesting & in it's own wayunique. To sum it up this movie was AMAZING for what it was. Even if itwas in the theaters it was still worth watching! I recommend it toanyone who loves horror flicks.User: MartianOctocretr5
Most of this has been done before; this movie is just another sortingof the various elements. Psychic character, house is an entity itself,paranormal investigators, TV show fantasy gets a dose of what it's beenmocking, one character turns into a nutty zombie, etc. But still, thisSyFy original really isn't bad.
Events are paced well, and things are revealed in a measured logicalmanner that maintains interest and fuels the action. The film is justgraphic enough to be scary, without the over the top gratuitous bloodbath gross-out approach. Somebody actually took time to develop a plot,and the acting is surprisingly decent. Characters are intentionallywritten as obnoxious, so you never really care gets eliminated. Thisallows the film to focus more on some innovative ways to knock peopleoff. And you'll need a score card to keep track of the body count.
Not groundbreaking; it's fast-food horror, and you'll likely forgetabout the movie within two hours or so after viewing. But it's stillentertaining enough to get a thumbs up.