Open GravesNovember 7, 2009
A group of surfers discover an old board game that claims a life every time it's played.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 4.0/10 (1,259 voted)
Álvaro de Armiñán
Stars: Mike Vogel, Eliza Dushku, Ethan Rains
In Spain, the American surfer Jason, his best friend and photographer Tomas Escaño and his girlfriend Lisa go shopping in a fair and while the couple is negotiating with a street vendor, Jason visits a dreadful store. Jason has a friction with the handicapped owner Malek and the man in a wheelchair offers an ancient board game called Mamba from the Spanish Inquisition period for free to excuse his behavior. Meanwhile, Detective Izar is investigating the death of a man that was skinned alive. When a heavy rain falls during a party on the beach, Jason joins Tomas, Lisa, his new acquaintance Erica Vargas, Pablo, Miguel and Elena to play the game. Erica reads the rules and explains that the winner would have his wish granted while the losers would be cursed to die the way described in the cards. Pablo is the first to lose and borrows Tomas' car to buy some beers. Miguel, Lisa, Elena and Tomas also lose…
Writers: Roderick Taylor, Bruce A. Taylor
Lindsay Caroline Robba
Curses last forever.
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Release Date: 7 November 2009
Filming Locations: Getxo, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain
Box Office Details
The game is supposed to come from 15th century Spain and yet the cards and the board are written in English with a little Latin thrown in for good measure.
Cardboard characters and lots of CGI.
The plot of "Open Graves" is very simple:it's about a board game called
Mamba,where the players die in real life the same way they die in the
game.Laughable death scenes include killings via computer generated
crabs and snakes.The characters are cardboard and deliberately annoying
and there isn't even a tiny bit of suspense.I liked Eliza Dushku in
"Wrong Turn",but she is completely wasted and unmemorable here.The
climax with CGI-witch coming from the sea is utterly laughable and
stupid.The only reason to see "Open Graves" are some interesting camera
angles plus sexy Eliza Dushku.If such movies are the future of horror
then I seriously give up.Give me any 70's or 80's low-budget horror
flick over this modern piece of crap.A generous 3 out of 10.