GRAVE INTENTIONS (2020) Reviews of horror anthology



‘7 directors. 5 tales of terror. 1 grave lesson.’

Grave Intentions is a 2020 American horror anthology film comprised of five shorts revolving around a practitioner of the magical arts.

Directed by:
Lukas Hassel … (segment ‘The Son, the Father’, 2017)
Brian Patrick Lim … (segment ‘Marian’, 2017)
Gabriel Olson … (segment ‘The Bridge Partner’, 2015)
Matthew Richards … (segment ‘The Disappearance of Willie Bingham’, 2015)
Brian Rish … (segment ‘wraparound’)
Jocelyn Rish … (segment ‘wraparound’)
Jaime Snyder … (segment ‘Violent Florence’, 2014)

Written by:
Peter S. Beagle … (original story) (segment “The Bridge Partner”)
Michael L. Fawcett … (original story) (segment “The Disappearance of Willie Bingham”)
Lukas Hassel … (segment) (segment “The Son, the Father”)
Brian Patrick Lim … (segment) (segment “Marian”)
Levi San Luis … (story) (segment “Marian”)
Gabriel Olson … (segment) (segment “The Bridge Partner”)
Matthew Richards … (segment) (segment “The Disappearance of Willie Bingham”)
Jocelyn Rish … (segment) (segment “wraparound”)
Jaime Snyder … (segment) (segment ‘Violent Florence’)

The Death Cat Entertainment production stars Joy Vandervort-Cobb, Beth Grant (Willy’s Wonderland; Donnie Darko; Flatliners; Child’s Play 2), the late Robert Forster (The Wolf of Snow Hollow; Vigilante; Alligator), Sharon Lawrence and Lukas Hassel (Slapface; The Black Room).


A practitioner of the magical arts teaches the basics of her craft. The most important lesson? You must be mindful of your intention.

Five of her customers are about to learn this the hard way: A woman looking to change her luck gets ensnared in a dangerous game; In the quest for justice, a man is transformed into a monster; In an attempt to right a wrong, a woman rescues a stray cat; A father and son are torn apart when a joke goes too far; A young girl needs protection from the demons in her life.

We all know the road to hell is paved with good intentions, so where does the road lead when your intentions are grave?


“The stories within this movie come from other countries — the Philippines, Australia and the United States — multiple directors and even various times […] yet the narrative hook that unites them is solid […] this film hits a variety of genres and levels of intensity.” B&S About Movies

” …the stories are, with the exception of ‘Violent Florence’, all solid. But as often happens with this sort of collection of shorts, there’s no cohesion or unifying theme and Grave Intentions feels disjointed and episodic. It would have been much better if the segments had shared a theme.” Voices from the Balcony

Release date:

Grave Intentions will be released on Digital by Terror Films on October 15th, 2021.

Cast and characters:

Astarte Abraham … Aunt / Mom (segment “Marian”)
Johanah Basanta … Marian (segment “Marian”)
Paw Aya Bugarin … Creature (segment “Marian”)
Colleen Carey … Mother (segment “The Son, the Father”)
Catherine Carlen … Eileen (segment “The Bridge Partner”)
Kevin Dee … Willie Bingham (segment “The Disappearance of Willie Bingham”)
Robert Forster … Don Whalen (segment “The Bridge Partner”)
Gregory J. Fryer … George Morton (segment “The Disappearance of Willie Bingham”)
Beth Grant … Mattie Whalen (segment “The Bridge Partner”)
Lukas Hassel … Father (segment “The Son, the Father”)
Sharon Lawrence … Olivia Korhonen (segment “The Bridge Partner”)
Sharva Maynard … Susan (segment “The Son, the Father”)
Christopher Morson … Luke (segment “The Son, the Father”)
Lucas Oktay … Young Luke (segment “The Son, the Father”)
Charly Thorn … Florence (segment “Violent Florence”)
Joy Vandervort-Cobb … Madam Josephine (segment wraparound)

Technical details:

88 minutes


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