Open Grave

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Dvd & blu- ray - Re­lease Date: OUT NOW! 2014 | 15 | 97 min­utes | £ 12.99 ( DVD)

Not to be

con­fused with 2009’ s naff El­iza Dushku hor­ror Open Graves, this zom­bie thriller stars Dis­trict 9’ s Sharlto Co­p­ley as a man who wakes up in a mass grave with no mem­ory of who he is or how he got there. It’s a skin- crawl­ing open­ing se­quence that gets things off to an ex­tremely promis­ing start.

It’s all down­hill from there, how­ever, as the plot set­tles into a wear­ingly fa­mil­iar pat­tern, the pac­ing slows to a shuf­fle and the clue­less char­ac­ters fail to gen­er­ate any em­pa­thy what­so­ever. There are some ef­fec­tively creepy mo­ments in­volv­ing the rav­en­ous lu­natics roam­ing the for­est, and the grimy cin­e­matog­ra­phy is well- suited to the re­lent­lessly bleak sub­ject mat­ter, but oth­er­wise this is a film that’s not worth dig­ging up.

None. Jor­dan Far­ley

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