In 1979, Jimmy Bones, a legendary protector and patron of his thriving urban neighborhood is betrayed and murdered by those closest to him. Flash forward to the present day. The once elegant brownstone where Bones lived has become an abandoned memorial to him. It is well known that strange happenings surround the house, and those who are foolish enough to enter often don’t come out. The sons of Jeremiah (Clifton Powell) one of those who betrayed Bones, move into the house, unaware of the danger. Once they arrive, a series of strange and unexplainable events begin to take place, and it becomes clear that Jimmy Bones is staging a comeback, hell-bent on revenge. But Bones spirit is also drawn back to the world by his love for a woman, Pearl (Pam Grier), and his daughter Cynthia (Bianca Lawson), born after his death.
As many problems as it has with the ending (which is abominable) and by the end it sort of amounts to a gag flick where much of what they try doesn't work, it's still one of the few truly decent horror films I've seen from the last 15 years. Specifically, it's very clever with humor, a far better showcase for Dickerson's visual talent than the lousy Demon Knight, and there are several nasty scenes that made me smile.