The horror world produces some of the most interesting film concepts along with a lot of nonsense. Those that come straight to video rarely deliver all that much, but every so often one pops out and surprises. The latest, Open Grave features the always great Sharlto Copley, but does it pack the seemingly gruesome punch that appears to rise from the grave or should it have stayed buried?
Open Grave follows a man who wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Fleeing the scene, he breaks into a nearby house and is met at gunpoint by a group of terrified strangers, all suffering from memory loss. Suspicion gives way to violence as the group starts to piece together clues about their identities, but when they uncover a threat that's more vicious and hungry than each other, they are forced to figure out what brought them all together before it's too late. From the moment this film starts you can see that it is going to be an insane ride. This doesn’t play up so much as a horror film, but instead as a grisly thriller that keeps twisting and turning throughout infused with a zombie-esque twist. Copley is great as always in this role bringing a wide variety of emotions to the front with each situation like only he can. With any film like this they need to keep you guessing and they do just that with numerous moments that take you in one direction, but of course detour you somewhere else. They never go too far over board with the gore factor, but enough to keep hardcore fans satisfied.
This film kicks into high gear and never lets up while keeping just enough twists and turns to keep the viewer guessing throughout. While the mystery of it all will keep the gruesome fun moving, but the addition of the zombie like people take the danger to the next level. The movie as a whole will probably hit people differently, but either way stick it out to the end for a great twist in the entire story that changes everything you might have thought throughout.