Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A bunch of silly kids accidentally kill one of their friends while playing a mean game of hide and go seek at the local boneyard, which gets one of them arrested for 5 years. After Bobby (the guilty one) is released from prison, he somehow agrees to go along on a cmaping trup to re-visit and 'honor' the death of their friend while conveniently staying at a campground RIGHT BESIDE the freakin' graveyard where their pal was killed. Of course, the kids start getting offed.
Is it good movie?
Well kids, I really don't have a lot to say about The Graveyard. I didn't enjoy it because it hardly registered a blip on my ol' horror radar. In fact, it kind of bums me out that I have to spend time reviewing it, because I feel like I've watched (and reviewed) this movie quite a few times.
What do you expect from this one? We get a generic soundtrack, and a low-budget feel. The characters are painful stereotypes (as per usual), and the acting is at best, passable. We get nudity (which doesn't make it worth it), and a tacked-on, 'whodunnit', Scream-esque vibe that totally doesn't pay off. Our characters merely exist and have almost zero backstory. The kills are ok, we do get some of the red stuff, but it didn't sustain me and I doubt it'll do it for you either.
Honestly, there's nothing really more to say about this flick. If you like slashers, and have nothing else to rent, rent this one, but don't pay more than a couple of bucks for it. It screams of mediocrity and won't present anything new. The only thing I can say I actually dug was Trish Corrie (Allie) and Patrick Lewis (Bobby), who seemed to be fairly talented, and doing their best with what was given to them. Kudos to you! But unfortunately, some 'Ok' acting doesn't save this puppy.
Video / Audio
Our picture is presented in crisp, clean 16x9 1:78:1 widescreen, a nice transfer from Lions Gate, as usual. Too bad the source material isn't much to look at.
Our audio is presented only in 2.0 Dolby. Where's my 5.0? It sounds fine though, considering.
Extras? You want extras? Too bad. All we get here are trailers for a few Lions Gate Flicks, like Beyond the Walls of Sleep, Maid of Honor, Minotaur, and the BTK Killer.
When it all comes down to it, The Graveyard is a run-of-the-mill, dude in a rubber mask slasher flick that i'll forget about in a few days. I recommend it only in passing to the most diehard fans of this stuff, and even then with some trepidation.