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Friday Fright Nights

A full free Movie of the Day is posted to the JoBlo Movies YouTube channel every day of the week – but on Fridays it gets a little crazier and a little funnier. Start your weekend off right by being pampered Friday Fright Nights! Every Friday we take a look at a different genre film that you can watch in full for free on either the YouTube channel linked above or in the video embedded here.

This week’s Friday Fright Night feature is The bone box, which marked the feature film debut of writer/director Luke Genton – and this is truly a textbook debut. Beginning filmmakers are often advised to do something that takes place in as few locations as possible, ideally just one for most of the runtime, and with few characters. It’s no shame. Many well-known directors have started films that follow this advice. Sam Raimis The bad death takes place in one place and has very few characters. George A Romeros Night of the Living Dead mostly does (he needed a lot of zombie extras and traveled to Washington DC for the film). Outside of horror, there are examples like Kevin Smith’s employee and Quentin Tarantino Reservoir Dogs. Tarantino had over a million dollars to work with and some big stars in his cast, but he still decided to make a film that was set in one location and had few characters. So Genton is in good company The bone boxwhich is set almost entirely within the confines of a house and features only a handful of characters.

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The bone box digs into supernatural horror, but this isn’t exactly a haunted house movie. It’s more of a haunted film. And the one who is haunted deserves it because he is a grave robber. You disturb the dead, you get what comes to you. Many films have shown us that.

Michelle Krusiec Gareth Koorzen

The plot synopsis, which can be found on IMDb, was written by Genton himself, so we’re sharing it here too:

Depressed and devastated by the recent death of his wife, Tom has accumulated quite a bit of gambling debt. He goes to his wealthy Aunt Florence in hopes that she will put him in her will. When a mean creditor, convinced Tom is running out of time, hatches a plan with Elodie, the undertaker’s daughter, to rob the graves of wealthy townsfolk buried in the cemetery across the street. After looting the tombs, Tom returns to Aunt Florence’s house and events take a dark turn: Tom begins to hear and see strange things that seem to coincide with the deaths of the people he robbed. What’s even weirder is that he seems to be the only one who feels these things. Does Tom’s conscience fool or sting him – or is he actually haunted by those he has stolen from?

The film stars Gareth Koorzen, Michelle Krusiec, Maria Olsen, David Chokachi, Jamie Bernadette, Aaron Schwartz, Art Roberts, Cynthia Bravo, Maximus Birchmore, Cynthia Bravo, Tess Bellomo, Arielle Elonys, Katie Scardino, Pim de Boer and Hannah Bear. Many of these cast members are either ghosts that Tom sees lurking around or people that are shown on the TV in the house.

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The bone box is largely carried by dialogue scenes that are sometimes difficult to decipher due to the variety of accents used here. But Genton did a good job writing those dialogue scenes – and did some nice camera and editing tricks as well. Impressive for a first time visitor. Several moments in the film are shot in long takes, and there are several instances of hilarious transitions between scenes. (Kudos to editor Gonzalo Digenio, who was also the cinematographer.) It’ll be interesting to see what Genton does next, because there are elements The bone box making it a promising career start.

So look The bone box – after all, it’s free! Then share your thoughts on the film by leaving a comment below or above on YouTube.

The Bone Box Friday Fright Nights

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