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A group of surfers discover an old board game that claims a life every time it's played.

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Jason
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Tomàs
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Elena
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Lisa
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Detective Izar
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Malek
Boris Martinez ...
Pablo
Ander Pardo ...
Miguel
Lilliam Kouri ...
Nabibi
Paul Zubillaga ...
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Enrique Zaldua ...
Policeman
Juan Viadas ...
Priest
Maite Murillo ...
Nurse 1
Martxelo Rubio ...
Doctor 1
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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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board game | surfer | death | detective | witch | See more »

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Curses last forever.

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Horror | Thriller

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)  »

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Mamba  »

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Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Brandon Routh turned down the role of Jason. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

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Not entirely awful but failed to maintain my interest
2 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have seen far worse movies than Open Graves, but that is saying little in its favour. It does oddly enough have some redeeming values, some of the camera angles are not so bad and I'd say the same for Mike Vogel's performance. Also Eliza Dusku is very sexy. Unfortunately her sexiness is the only good thing about her performance, she is wasted with terrible dialogue and an uninteresting character and does nothing whatsoever to elevate. That is pretty much the same though with the rest of the cast, none of them seem to care or give any kind of heart into what they're doing. The script and characters does nothing in their favour in all fairness. The dialogue is cheesy and has no natural flow, and it is also far too talky. The characters are entirely uninteresting and annoying cardboard cutouts. Further disadvantaging the film are the crude-looking special effects, the dull and atmosphere-less story that we have seen many times before and much better, an atmosphere that has no suspense or horror and flat direction, that shows that almost nobody involved seemed to have their hearts in Open Graves. All in all, couldn't maintain my interest but there are a few things that save it from total disaster. 3/10 Bethany Cox


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