Sunday, January 12, 2014

Open Grave

'District 9's Sharlto Copley plays a man who wakes up in an open grave filled with dead bodies.  He doesn't remember who he is or how he got there.  And things get even more mysterious when he meets up with a group of people who also don't remember who they are.

This is everything I love in a horror film.  It's suspenseful.  There's mystery.  It's not one of those jittery camcorder-style that gives you a headache, or super dark where you can't see anything at all.  In fact, the cinematography, the locations, and the fact that most of the film takes place during daylight all add to the enjoyment.  And the cast of mostly unknowns is just perfect.  Plus, with the always intriguing premise of memory loss, it (ironically) brings back memories of 'Memento' and 'Unknown' (from 2006, not the Liam Neeson one from 2011).  It's simply one of the best horror films of recent years, despite what other early reviewers are saying.  Loved it.  See it right now on Video on Demand!

Grade: A

Who is this movie for?  Horror buffs who are as tired as I am of the overdone found footage/documentary style, as well as the cliche haunted house/exorcism films that dominate the world of horror today.

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