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Keep My Grave Open (1977)

A crazy woman who lives in an old mansion thinks she's with her brother/lover, who lures victims to her.

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... Lesley Fontaine / Kevin
... Dr. Emerson
... Robert
Ann Stafford ... Suzie
Sharon Bunn ... Twinkle
... Kevin
... Clara
... Hitchhiker
... Miss Evie
Lucille Baldwin ... Miss Ada
Desmond Dhooge ... Storekeeper
Skipper Richardson ... Prostitute
Cebe Reed ... Caesar
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A crazy woman who lives in an old mansion thinks she's with her brother/lover, who lures victims to her.

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Enter Into the Other Side of MADNESS

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17 December 1977 (USA)  »

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Icy, funereal regional horror.
14 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

Denizens of a Southern-U.S. agronomic community are being violently shanked by a sword-brandishing bedlamite. The killer is introduced formally as Lesley, an attractive woman with a history of mental problems who lives in a sprawling antebellum manor with "Kevin", her brother and erotic "idee fixe". There is a surreptitious nature to the Kevin character, as his existence is supported only by reference. He may be either dead or entirely nonexistent, or possibly a spectral alter-ego drawn forth from Lesley's troubled mind, emerging during her repressed libidinous yearnings to wreak the bloody murders she is otherwise incapable of. This mystery only deepens with the film's oblique denouement.

Despite being a lesser entry in the small but celebrated S.F. Brownrigg oeuvre, KEEP MY GRAVE OPEN is by no means a starch or disposable low-budget drive-in quickie. A surprisingly well-acted impecunious project, it manages to loom a mournful and chilling presence of wandering detachment, and occasionally feels like a pauper Polanski film. It does have its share of observable technical deficiencies(though I personally found the cheap visual impurities an enhancement of the occasion), and the music score is strange and often rather extraneous. Still, this is an effectively subdued horror mood piece, and why it's been unable to galvanize the same substantial cult interest as other Brownrigg titles is anyone's guess.

7/10


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