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Bones is a 2001 American horror film directed by Ernest Dickerson and starring rapper Snoop Dogg as the eponymous Jimmy Bones, a murdered gangster that rises from the grave to avenge his death. The movie is an homage to blaxploitation films of The '70s and incorporates numerous elements from the genre. The film stars Snoop Dogg as Jimmy Bones and Pam Grier as Pearl. Other cast members include Michael T. Weiss, Clifton Powell and Ricky Harris among many others.

The movie is about Jimmy Bones (Snoop "Doggy" Dogg), who is a legendary protector and patron of his thriving neighborhood. Cool, handsome and respected - Bones is the benevolent caretaker of his people until he is betrayed by those closest to him. Flash forward 20 years, crime and drugs have crumbled the neighborhood and Jimmy Bones has become a charismatic emblem of better times. But his spirit is about to make a comeback.

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This Film Provides Examples Of:

  • Asshole Victims: Most of the people that Jimmy kills are drug dealers, a prostitute, and a corrupt cop.
  • Back from the Dead: Jimmy Bones comes back from the dead to get revenge on those who killed him.
  • Black Comedy: Eddie Mack's talking decapitated head is funny in most of his scenes as he is constantly complaining and is trying to get on Jimmy's good side by cheering him on when he goes after the others.
    • His reaction to getting Lupovitch's blood on him is asking Jimmy "Was that really fucking necessary, Man?".
  • Cannibalism Superpower: Every time the black dog eats meat and human "meat", Jimmy's body regenerates.
  • Downer Ending: Jimmy Bones possesses his daughter Cynthia and it is implied that he kills Patrick off-screen.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: The fates of Lupovitch, Jeremiah, and Eddie Mack.
  • Escaped from Hell: Jimmy does this pretty much.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Jimmy still loves Pearl and Cynthia is the daughter they conceived before his death.
  • The Ghost: Jimmy is this through out the movie until literally coming back as one in the climax of the movie.
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  • Heroic Suicide: Pearl setting herself on fire to destroy her dress with Jimmy's blood on it to put his soul to rest. Ends up being a Senseless Sacrifice when he just possesses their daughter who has his blood in her.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Jeremiah sees his betrayal of Jimmy as this, but this is subverted as it is clear that he betrayed him for the money and because he was jealous of him.
  • Mercy Kill: Jimmy kills his former bodyguard but spares him the fate of his main targets and he sings to him as he lays dying.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Jimmy also kills the people associated with the people who killed him.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The whole plot of the movie is Jimmy getting revenge for his own murder.
  • Sadistic Choice: Lupovitch, after shooting Jimmy in the flashbacks, convinces everyone in the room with him to stab Jimmy with his switchblade ...by pointing a gun at them. The idea is that each of them shares responsibility in Jimmy's death, making it impossible for any of them togo to the police. Because if they do, all of them would go to jail. Of course it would be especially bad for them, because they are all black and it is the 70s. Which means that they would get a harsher sentence, with only their word against Lupovitch, who is a white cop.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The protagonists as they were told from the beginning not to feed the dog and not to stay at that house. If they had done that, Jimmy wouldn't have been able to come back from the dead.
    • Maurice for following that woman upstairs as he should have known that something was off by the fact that she wasn't speaking. This decision leads to his death.
    • Bill for following Maurice's "ghost" by himself. This decision leads to his own death.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: More like neighborhood with one, as most of the people from the neighborhood know what is going on with that house.
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