Open Graves

November 7th, 2009


Open Graves

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A group of surfers discover an old board game that claims a life every time it's played.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 4.0/10 (1,259 voted)

Director: Álvaro de Armiñán

Stars: Mike Vogel, Eliza Dushku, Ethan Rains

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...

Writers: Roderick Taylor, Bruce A. Taylor

Mike Vogel - Jason
Eliza Dushku - Erica
Ethan Rains - Tomàs
Naike Rivelli - Elena
Lindsay Caroline Robba - Lisa
Gary Piquer - Detective Izar
Alex O'Dogherty - Malek
Boris Martinez - Pablo
Ander Pardo - Miguel
Jose Casasús - Novio
Lilliam Kouri - Malek's Wife
Martxelo Rubio - Police Officer
Enrique Zaldua - Detective / Police Officer

Taglines: Curses last forever.


Official Website: Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 7 November 2009

Filming Locations: Getxo, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,500,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Revealing mistakes: 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.

User Review

Cardboard characters and lots of CGI.

Rating: 3/10

The plot of "Open Graves" is very simple:it's about a board game called Mamba,where the players die in real life the same way they die in the game.Laughable death scenes include killings via computer generated crabs and snakes.The characters are cardboard and deliberately annoying and there isn't even a tiny bit of suspense.I liked Eliza Dushku in "Wrong Turn",but she is completely wasted and unmemorable here.The climax with CGI-witch coming from the sea is utterly laughable and stupid.The only reason to see "Open Graves" are some interesting camera angles plus sexy Eliza Dushku.If such movies are the future of horror then I seriously give up.Give me any 70's or 80's low-budget horror flick over this modern piece of crap.A generous 3 out of 10.


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