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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Detective 1
Enrique Zaldua ...
Policeman
Juan Viadas ...
Priest
Maite Murillo ...
Nurse 1
Martxelo Rubio ...
Doctor 1
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Storyline

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 more »

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Curses last forever.

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Horror | Thriller

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

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7 November 2009 (Japan)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)
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Brandon Routh turned down the role of Jason. See more »

Goofs

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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Dicing with death has never been so dull.
9 September 2010 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Basically, a horror version of Jumanji is the best way to describe this terrible movie starring the terrible Eliza Dushku in which some unlikeable young 'uns get their hands on an old board game that ends up leading to the very real deaths of those who end up not making it to the winner's circle.

An uninteresting script from Roderick Taylor and Bruce A. Taylor, some half-assed computer effects, poor acting from all involved (I have never liked Dushku and she is as awful as she usually is here while Mike Vogel comes out of things in the best light but he's certainly done his career no favours with this one) and totally banal direction from Álvaro de Armiñán all add up to make this quite a chore to sit through.

In fact, sitting here and trying to think up more interesting things to mention in this review just reminds me of how much of a massive non-event the film was. Everything is just bad without being entertainingly bad and it's one of hundreds of glossy, vapid teen horrors made by people who clearly have no clue what any genre fans really want in their movies. Do yourself a favour and play "Atmosfear" instead.


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