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The Graves (2009)

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Two inseparable sister's visit to a remote mine town turns into a mind-bending fight for survival against menaces both human and supernatural.

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Brian Pulido

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Brian Pulido
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clare Grant ... Megan Graves
Jillian Murray ... Abby Graves
Bill Moseley ... Caleb 'Cookie' Atwood
Tony Todd ... Reverend Abraham Stockton
Amanda Wyss ... Darlene Atwood
Randy Blythe ... Deacon Luke (as D. Randall Blythe)
Shane Stevens Shane Stevens ... Jonah Lee Atwood
Barbara Glover Barbara Glover ... Mama
Patti Tindall ... Becka Crane
Brian Ronalds ... Pete Tyler
Dean Matthew Ronalds Dean Matthew Ronalds ... Eric Tyler (as Dean Ronalds)
Cathy Rankin ... Valerie Mills
Greg Seki Greg Seki ... Gordy Evans
Bill Lippincott ... Scottsdale Dad
Rosalie Michaels Rosalie Michaels ... Scottsdale Mom
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Present day. Arizona. Megan and Abby Graves are inseparable sisters that couldn't be less alike. Megan just graduated ASU with a marketing degree. She's a self-assured, naturally attractive rock chick with a black belt that she likes to use. Abby just barely graduated high school. She's a cute, Hot Topic Goth who's caustic and afraid of her own shadow. They share one thing: a life-long obsession with comics and pop culture. Simply put, they are beautiful geeks. In a few days, Megan will start a new job at in New York. To send her off in style, the sisters go on a wild, pop culture bender that includes a trip to uncharted Arizona in search of a kitchy roadside attraction. Instead, Megan and Abby happen on Skull City Mine, a weather-beaten, abandoned mine town converted into a self-guided tour. But Skull City harbors terrible, vexing secrets. It appears to be haunted. Its caretakers are murderous. Victims' souls are ripped from their bodies right before their eyes, and that's only the ... Written by Mischief Maker Studios, LLC.

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In Skull City, Death is the least of your problems See more »


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Rated R for bloody violence

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Trivia

Randy Blythe, the vocalist for Lamb of God, plays a deacon in this movie. See more »

Goofs

The car the sisters are driving is shown passing an electrical box on the side of the road twice while driving into the town. See more »

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Eli, The Gnome played by Boris, The Gnome See more »

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Features Calabrese: Vampires Don't Exist (2009) See more »

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Frozen Ghost
Written by Mark DuFour and Matt Luczak
Performed by The Rosedales
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Horrorfest, why have you forsaken us?!?
29 April 2010 | by anguspage12See all my reviews

Wow……and to think that all of the movies in the After Dark Horror-fest would be somewhat, oh I don't know…enjoyable? Because of what I had to deal with this first film, The Graves,……well, it wasn't pretty.

The Graves, a miserable little turd fest of a film, is about two girls, Meghan and Abby, going on a last trip together before Meghan leaves for New York. They go to comic book stores (which, I'm sorry, these girls look like they've never set foot in a comic shop in their lives) and talk about how Lady Death is the most awesome comic book ever…….really? (And don't worry, this is only one of the many faults of this movie.) They then stop in a diner (which is so far out of the way that the first girl to die in the original Nightmare on Elm Street is stuck waiting there), and they're lead to Skull Mine, which is said to be a ghost town after some brutal murders took place there. And then, guess what? Everything goes to hell……what a shock….

My first point is Brian Pulido. I should just stop there, but I'll guess I'll keep going. If you don't know who he is, he is one of the WORST comic book writers from the 1990s and the 2000s. He's responsible for writing such terrible comic books such as Lady Death (which I referred to before) and Evil Ernie. So when I heard he wrote, directed, and produced this piece of utter crap, I already knew it was going to be terrible. He doesn't have a clue what he's doing and he should stop thinking he can do anything creative.

And some of the acting in here is atrocious. You have your two female protagonists who can't act their way out of a wet paper bag. I mean, they have scenes where they are just SO melodramatic in scenes where they're in total danger! Also, you have Tony Todd……..really? Tony, why did you chose this? Did your wife need a new car? Did your daughter need more money to get into the collage she wanted? I mean, you were the candy man! Your cartoon-styled acting in this is so bad, that I almost broke down and cried.

Now, if there is anything redeemable about this film, it's that Bill Mosely (yep, Devils Rejects Bill Mosely) plays a guy called the "Pig Man", who is just a guy who puts on a fake pig nose and likes to kill people. I have to say that whenever he was on screen, a shimmer of light helped me get through this film.

But, all in all, there is almost (almost!) nothing to like about this film. It's not scary, it's not funny, it's not dramatic, It's not anything! And if it weren't for Bill Mosely, I would give this film a flat out zero.


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Release Date:

29 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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