AN UNQUIET GRAVE (2019) Reviews and overview

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‘So will our hearts decay.’

An Unquiet Grave is a 2019 American horror film about a young man who enlists his sister to bring his wife back from the dead.

Directed by Terence Krey from a screenplay co-written with co-star Christine Nyland, the Unquiet Films production also stars Jacob A. Ware.


A year after losing his wife in a car crash, Jamie convinces her sister, Ava, to return with him to the site of the accident and help him perform a strange ritual. However, as the night wears on, it becomes clear that he has darker intentions.”


“Terence Krey makes the most out of a modest budget by emphasizing the terrifying stillness of the secluded woods they perform the ritual in, and the confused looks on “Ava’s” face when her sister begins to understand that she has returned from the grave, and the incomprehensible reason she is back […] you can’t beat the impact of a well-told supernatural film like this…” Bad Feeling

” …although director Terence Krey and co-writer Christine Nyland may have come up with a unique concept and have told it in an original way, the story doesn’t seem to know how to end. There are many moments which may make the audience think what they would do in Jamie and Ava’s shoes, but the actions towards the end may detach audiences from these moral dilemmas.” Battle Royale with Cheese

“An unlikeable protagonist is not necessarily a bad thing, but they need to be at least compelling, and almost nothing in An Unquiet Grave is compelling. To be fair, there are some positives here. There’s a shocking and very effective use of practical gore at one point late in the film that jolts some life into the experience.The score is wonderfully atmospheric throughout…” Cultured Vultures

“At only 72 minutes in length, An Unquiet Grave feels like it could have made one excellent and chilling short film. Instead, the premise is stretched to its breaking point. It somehow manages to feel both too long and too short, never striking the right narrative balance. Though I was hungry for more, An Unquiet Grave is a slight, well-made indie…” Josh at the Movies

” …the biggest flaw I found in Unquiet Grave is that it played with my expectations and never delivered upon its promise. Though it might lack many moments of serious terror, An Unquiet Grave should be on your watchlist. Its deeply moving story, sympathetic characters, and brooding atmosphere create a powerful piece of storytelling with an important message about learning to move past our grief and carry on with our lives.” Killer Horror Critic

” …for the most part, An Unquiet Grave is as absorbing as it is focused. It’s the kind of unassuming high-wire act whose sustained mood is especially impressive given that its creators only sometimes draw attention to their hyper-pared down style. My favorite scene in this movie boils down to a few spare images of unoccupied, mood-lit furniture…”

“There may be supernatural elements to the narrative, but everything about it somehow feels real. Director Terence Krey doesn’t rely on big-budget special horror effects (or cheap jump scares) and instead makes excellent use of sound (crunching footsteps), light (flickering headlights), and downright creepy situations (no spoilers here) to keep you on the edge of your seat.” Screen Zealots

“Some of the other things the film is supposed to deal with were less apparent to me, and I wouldn’t have made the connections if I hadn’t come across statements from the filmmakers. I’m not sure whether that was me being dense or the script not making them clear enough. Taken at face value, however, An Unquiet Grave is a distinctly creepy film. Both the build-up to the ritual and the aftermath as things spiral out of control are well handled.” Voices from the Balcony

Release date:

An Unquiet Grave was made available for streaming on the Shudder platform in June 2021.

In the USA, RLJE Films will release the film on On-Demand, Digital and DVD on January 18th 2022.

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