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Open Graves (2009)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Izar
Boris Martinez ...
Ander Pardo ...
Lilliam Kouri ...
Paul Zubillaga ...
Detective 1
Enrique Zaldua ...
Juan Viadas ...
Maite Murillo ...
Nurse 1
Martxelo Rubio ...
Doctor 1


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) »


Curses last forever.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 November 2009 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Mamba  »

Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Even though this movie was filmed all over Spain it has not been released in Spain yet. See more »


During the photo shoot Tomas snaps pictures of Lisa with props (first an ax then a chain saw.) After switching the props, the voice of Tomas can be heard giving Lisa instructions on holding the ax for the picture. However, Miguel is clearly seen on camera holding the ax when Tomas says this. See more »


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21 June 2010 | by (downtown, Michigan) – See all my reviews

An obnoxious group of young twerps are partying in Spain, according to the story anyway, when one of the group runs into an oddball at a curio shop. The oddball correctly sizes-up this young jerk and gives him something he really deserves: a game, supposedly from the Spanish Inquisition. The game kills the participants in macabre ways. An added thread to the "plot" is a rouge cop who wants the game for himself, though this adds little to the movie. After 20 minutes, the audience is relieved when the main characters start to get killed one-by-one. The death scenes try to gross-out the viewer, but fail miserably. One scene with killer crabs reminded me of something out of the 3 Stooges. Really unconvincing CGI's; watch only if you want a few, very few, laughs.

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