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The Graves (After Dark Horrorfest 4)
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If you're wondering what the heck is going on - and it will take you awhile if you're not a fan of Brian Pulido - this is the author's first film. He's actually the creator of such comic books as Evil Ernie and Lady Death. Which explains the cleavage, but little else.
Hotter sister Megan is moving on to a big career in New York City and the girls are out for one last fling before they are separated by distance and success. So after lounging around comic book shops in tight clothes, they visit a tourist trap at the abandoned Skull City Mine. There's nothing believable about these two: not their relationship, hobbies, or acting.
The sisters stumble across a cult dedicated to what seems like a fundamentalist cult, complete with hand-waving Reverend Abraham Stockton (Tony Todd). Todd is at a loss as how to emulate a fire-and-brimstone preacher - he comes off awkwardly stilted even in his "divinely inspired" moments. Of course, the entire cult he leads is actually following some demonic force. I think. It's hard to tell.
There are some interesting special effects. Every time someone dies, there's an awful racket of screams and wails. There's really no explanation for this (the souls are all going to hell, I guess), and not much of a reaction from the characters. You begin to wonder if they can hear what the audience is hearing...Read more ›
It's called Unity, and it's located somewhere in the deserts of Arizona. This is where we find sisters and comic book fans Megan and Abby Graves (Clare Grant and Jillian Murray), who wanted nothing more than to spend their last weekend together (Megan is moving to New York to pursue a career in marketing). They stumble onto Skull City, now a roadside attraction but once a thriving gold mine; behind its tacky, ramshackle façade of wood and rock lies a secret, one that, the sisters soon discover, brings death and apparent damnation to unsuspecting tourists. Roaming the site is a blacksmith (Shane Stevens), who at one point actually tries to calm his victim: "I take no pleasure in this," he says while clutching a bloody hammer. "I answer to a higher power!"
The sisters then run into Caleb Atwood, who says that his friends call him Cookie. We know he can't possibly be sane. Why? Because he's played by Bill Moseley, the go-to guy for maniacal horror movie weirdoes.Read more ›
The Graves is a fusion of branches in the Horror genre. It attempts to blend "Slasher" film aspects with "Paranormal" aspects, but falls short of creating a convincing story for either. It seems rather jumbled throughout, and the background to the story is left quite empty, this can be good sometimes but in this case you find yourself grasping at air to understand what's happening.
There seems to be a lack of suspense throughout the films entirety and this is on the director. He chose far away shots typically for chase scenes and that absolutely kills action. Imagine watching a golf cart drive from afar and then imagine being in one, it feels much different doesn't it? and these are the consequences of those decisions the director made. The suspense really was non-existent, and I felt bored even during scenes where the hammer wielding murderer is chasing his victim.
The continuity of the film also is ripe with problems and I won't go into details, but there are things I think could have been saved by a better editor; but it's also distinctly possible that the editor didn't have all the shots he needed, and that fault would fall on the director's footage and or the writer's story.
The acting in the film wasn't spectacular and I say that because there were some alright moments on everybody's part.Read more ›
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The movie started out slowly and I almost turned it off a few times because it seemed more like a poorly made drama not a horror flick. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Arretamador
I love the AfterDark Horrorfest movies!!! I wish they would make more!!Published 10 months ago by Lori Antonetti
Worst of all the After Dark films - tolerable only because they were fortunate enough to cast Clare Grant, who is at least stunningly hot. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dr. Tom's Reviews
I figured this movie has a horrible set of reviews for it, and i love watching horrible movies. I was disappointed, it was NOT horrible! it was pretty decent. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Fi
Decent horror movie. Redneck cannibals are nothing new in the genre but this is well done.Published 13 months ago by Richard S. Everson II
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