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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

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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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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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7 November 2009 (Japan)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)
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Even though this movie was filmed all over Spain it has not been released in Spain yet. See more »

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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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22 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Open Graves starts out as something at least different enough from the repetitive ghost stories that became too common in the last few years.

Well technically it shares many similar aspects, but remains reasonably different mainly through methods of offing the victims. Unfortunately not different enough.

As oversaturate formula demands, we quickly learn several characters are going to die because of a certain event, and after the first few deaths we already know how everything's will play out. After which we're subjected to scenes of the remaining characters, or at least the central ones trying to figure out what's causing the deaths before it's their turn.

And of course, Open Graves follows the tradition of similar mystery- related films in the sense that once the cast discover an objective, any characterization disappears, the mystery itself becoming supposedly more important than giving the audience any interest in the people trying to solve it.


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