As of late, director Ernest Dickerson has worked on plenty of TV, like The Walking Dead, Dexter, The Man in the High Castle and The Wire. But around here, he’s better known for his movies Juice and Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight. He also worked on the first two seasons of Tales from the Dark Side, giving him a great eye for horror. Throw in Snoop Dogg as a demon from the past of a neighborhood and it looks like we have a movie!
Way back in 1979, Jimmy Bones (Snoop Dogg) was a numbers runner, but also a respected and loved protector of his community. That all changes when he’s betrayed by drug dealer Eddie Mack (Ricky Harris, who was many of the skit voices on Snoop’s albums) and bad cop Lupovich, who also forced Jimmy’s friends Jeremiah and Shotgun — as well as his girl Pearl (Pam Grier!) — to be complicit in his death by stabbing him and burying him inside a building. Soon, the neighborhood dies around Jimmy Bones.
In 2001, four enterprising teens — some of them the children of the people who killed Jimmy — open a hip hop club in the building where Jimmy’s body rests. Well, rest isn’t the right term. Soon, he’s back, bringing Hell with him as he takes the lives of each of the men who destroyed everything he held dear.
The best parts of this movie are the talking heads of the people Bones has killed, as well as Pam Grier. She’s always dependable and pretty fun here, both in her 1979 role and the 2001 version, who has become a fortune teller.
There are some great shots of Snoop slowly walking his way out of Hell to come back to our reality. As long as you aren’t expecting anything, then you’ll probably enjoy this. Snoop’s exactly the kind of actor you’d expect him to be — he’s having fun making his own version of J.D.’s Revenge and getting to make out with Pam Grier. We should all be so lucky.
You can catch this on Shudder.