Saturday, 27 September 2014

"Open Grave" - UK DVD review

What would you do if you awoke to find yourself in a pit full of dead bodies, with no memory of who you are, where you are, or how you even got there? That’s the predicament one chap finds himself in, in Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s “Open Grave”, which comes to UK DVD this October.
Having got over the initial shock of waking up amongst a pile of corpses, he manages to free himself from the pit and stumbles across a remote woodland cabin. There he finds a group of people who seem to be suffering a similar problem with their memories.
Finding a stack of driving licenses, they discover their names, but are none the wiser as to how they should know each other and a search of the surrounding woodlands turns up more questions than answers. A mysterious building with corpses chained up, a secured shelter with a child inside, who seems to know who they are, but wont answer any of their questions and strange screams can be heard from the other side of the forest.
As the house is full of guns, they feel relatively secure, but when a couple of them discover a group of people in the forest, who appear to be suffering from some sort of disease, things suddenly takes a much darker turn…
Must say, I was extremely impressed with this one. The director makes a good job of piling on the tension and keeping the viewer in the dark as to whats going on, and for the most part, is an extremely effective suspense thriller. But then towards the end, the film suddenly takes on a slight zombie twist and whilst whats happening to the group suddenly becomes clearer, their problems are simultaneously compounded.
If you like suspenseful horror films, this ones definitely for you. It also benefits from a decent cast, which includes Sharlto Copley (District 9), Thomas Kretschmann (Valkyrie), Josie Ho (Contagion) and Joseph Morgan (TVs Vampire Diaries).
The film is released to UK DVD October 13th from signature entertainment. Sadly, there are no extras on the disc, but is still very much worth watching.

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