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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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Roderick Taylor, Bruce A. Taylor (as Bruce Taylor)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Vogel ... Jason
Eliza Dushku ... Erica
Ethan Rains Ethan Rains ... Tomàs
Naike Rivelli Naike Rivelli ... Elena
Lindsay Caroline Robba Lindsay Caroline Robba ... Lisa
Gary Piquer ... Detective Izar
Alex O'Dogherty ... Malek
Boris Martinez ... Pablo
Ander Pardo Ander Pardo ... Miguel
Lilliam Kouri Lilliam Kouri ... Nabibi
Paul Zubillaga Paul Zubillaga ... Detective 1
Enrique Zaldua Enrique Zaldua ... Policeman
Juan Viadas Juan Viadas ... Priest
Maite Murillo 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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Curses last forever.

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

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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Spain | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2009 (Japan) See more »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Filmed in October and November 2006, but not released until September 2009. See more »

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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 »

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

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Eliza Dushku needed some extra cash?
2 November 2016 | by JeffreySee all my reviews

Oh Eliza! Whatever possessed you to be part of this nightmare? The only "horror" about this film is that it was made at all. A group of nice-looking booze and sex fueled 20-something's play an antique game, and then start dying. Luckily for them, even though the box containing the game was passed down from the 15th century Spanish Inquisition, all the cards are in pristine condition AND conveniently printed in English! WOW, what luck! There are absolutely no surprises or suspense whatsoever, as this has been done many times before in many better ways. Sadly, even the gratuitous sex scenes generally associated with this genre are almost non-existent, apparently to devote more screen time to the horrible deaths. Out of deference to Eliza Dushku, I cannot give this the one star rating it truly deserves. The rest of the actors are mediocre at best, God-awful at worst. All are completely forgettable, as is the film itself within fifteen minutes of viewing. Skip it, even from the bargain bin.


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