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OPEN GRAVES has already played on the SyFy Channel and sadly, it only reinforces the understanding that most flicks that go "direct-to-SyFy" are shit. The main problem, I feel, is that the initial setup itself sounds silly and childish. Who would really be into a board game that kills people? Sure, it worked for JUMANJI because is WAS a child's movie. But in the realm of R-rated horror, kinda lame. So I suppose it was tough for me to stay on board for the entirety of GRAVES' 85-minute running time.
I felt embarrassed for the actors involved, including Eliza. They were flipping out and writhing in terror because the board game was gonna get them! Doesn't that just strike extreme fear into your heart? There was even an actual scene near the end where Mike Vogel (who I at first thought was FD's Devon Sawa) says, "I feel ridiculous." I wonder if that line was truly in the script or he was just speaking from his heart?
And speaking of "the script", I wonder how many versions of it were churned out before ending up at the nearly pointless mess contained on this DVD? There's zero character development, idiotic instances occur that oh so conveniently help along the plot, and weird shit happens for no apparent reason. There are a lot of dragonflies fluttering about on the screen. Why? Beats the shit out of me! One character's demise involves some sort of rapid aging process, yet there is no real explanation of how it's transpiring. And don't even get me started on the rushed, out of left field, totally unsatisfying ending. If you do actually decide to watch this (probably because you're obsessed with Eliza) take solace in knowing that I am not revealing a spoiler, but rather assisting the terrible script by saying the board game could somehow have some kind of connection to a witch. Somebody needed to tell writers Bruce A. Taylor and Roderick Taylor that randomly inserting an idea towards the end of a film does NOT make it cooler.
Was there anything redeeming with OPEN GRAVES beyond Eliza's sultry stare and voice? Um, well, there was one pretty cool death by crabs (not the venereal disease). The others were pretty uninspired and contained some really crappy special effects. Tell me, why the f*ck would you use CGI to create sparking electric wires? Holy shit, does it look fake! That's it, I'm done. Game over. Go directly to jail.
Audio: was a screener, so whatever.