Open Grave – Hungary | USA, 2013 – reviews

‘The moment you wake up, the nightmare begins’

Open Grave is a 2013 Hungarian-American horror feature film directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego from a screenplay by Chris and Eddie Borey. The movie stars Sharlto Copley, Josie Ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Joseph Morgan and Erin Richards.

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Plot:

A man (Sharlto Copley) wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Fleeing the scene, he breaks into a nearby house and is met at gunpoint by a group of terrified strangers, all suffering from memory loss.

Suspicion gives way to violence as the group starts to piece together clues about their identities, but when they uncover a threat that’s more vicious — and hungry — than each other, they are forced to figure out what brought them all together — before it’s too late…

Reviews:

“The amount of hand-holding grows insulting the longer Lopez-Gallego employs exposition to pass for drama, losing track of character meaning as he scrambles to fit the puzzle pieces together. Monstrous encounters with the deteriorating ghouls promise chilling reveals, but the violence is mostly white noise, with a few unfortunate stylistic choices (e.g. blood splatter on the camera lens) sustaining an amateur hour atmosphere to the proceedings.” Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

…Open Grave keeps the viewer guessing throughout most of the runtime, and while some may baulk at the ending, I found it satisfying and much more cogent than expected. One of the film’s shortcomings, however, comes from the ensemble cast of characters who are generally unlikable and completely flipping out nearly the entire time.” Adam Patterson, Film Pulse

Open Grave Movie

“In a corner of filmmaking that currently seems to be dominated by supernatural jump scares, demonic possession and copious amounts of blood, Open Grave shows healthy yields through calculated touches of the macabre and twisted imagery, a frightening setup and the odd bloody burst. Seemingly low on the radar as far as horror is concerned, this is one to check out as solid antidote to the usual clutter.” Simon Brookfield, We Got This Covered

Cast and characters:

  • Sharlto Copley … John / Jonah
  • Thomas Kretschmann … Lukas
  • Josie Ho … Brown Eyes
  • Joseph Morgan … Nathan
  • Erin Richards … Sharon
  • Max Wrottesley … Michael
  • Márta Szabó … Crone
  • Balázs Szitás … Sickly Man
  • Zsuzsa Szabados … Grandma (as Zsuzsanna Szabados)
  • Tofi Seffer … Boy
  • Éva Botos … Mother
  • Kati Dombi … Moaner Woman
  • Araceli Sanz … Voice of Grandma (voice)
  • Pedro De Santiago … Voice of Boy (voice)

Filming locations:

Hungary

 

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