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Open Graves (2009)

A group of surfers discover an old board game which claims a life every time it is played.

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Jason
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Erica
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Tomàs
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Elena
Lindsay Caroline Robba ...
Lisa
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Detective Izar
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Malek
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Pablo
Ander Pardo ...
Miguel
Lilliam Kouri ...
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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, but the players stop the game when Detective Eric arrives and informs that Pablo has ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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surfer | board game | death | witch | skin | See All (29) »

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Curses last forever.

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Filmed in October and November 2006, but not released until September 2009. See more »

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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. See more »

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Featured in Phelous & the Movies: Phelous's Open Grave (2010) See more »

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Strong idea but poorly realized
23 August 2014 | by (US) – See all my reviews

A group of friends are surfing somewhere in Spain. Among them is an American guy who develops an interest for an American girl. As he walks along the streets with his Spanish friends, he walks into a store. The owner in a wheelchair gives him a box. It's actually medieval game.

Later that night the group plays the game. It's a board game that where the aim is to survive. Those who die get a card with some description of how they die. The first guy to die in the game leaves to buy some drinks. He stops at a cliff, trips, falls down, and is attacked by crabs.

The cops interrupt the kids. Some others die in the game. And later one of them is attacked by snakes. The other suddenly ages decades in a few seconds. Another one is in a fiery car crash.

That leaves the two Americans to realize that the game has something to do with it. When they visit the guy in the wheelchair, they find him walking just fine. As it turns out, the game was made of the remains of a witch, who somehow is embodied in dragonflies. People who die in the game end up dying in similar fashion in real life. If you win the game, you get to make a wish and in a final draw of luck, you either have it come true or not. However to get to that point, they have to finish the game, which they didn't. And all the deaths have to happen first. Now they know what they have to do.

Open Graves is actually an intelligent horror movie. The script and idea shows that the writers actually put a lot of thought into it. Unfortunately, in the hands in a Spanish first time director, the movie is ruined. The setting in Spain doesn't help and neither do most of the actor and actresses who know how to smile, but not much else. As with all Spanish movies, you get some Spanish guy who is irresistible to women. For a horror movie, the death scenes, except for the first one, are rather weak. Mike Vogel, who's character is one of the few compelling things in Under the Dome, and Eliza Dushku do a solid job, but unfortunately they can't save the movie.


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