Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Movies

'Open Grave' is an original, suspenseful, genre-blending horror film.

See also

'Open Grave'


'Open Grave' is a satisfyingly somber, genre-blending "horror" movie from director Gonzalo López-Gallego.

Opening January 3, 2014 in select theaters, 'Open Grave' stars Sharlto Copley ('Elysium', 'District 9').

The film opens as a man (Copley) awakens inside of a massive outdoor pit filled with dead bodies. Horrified and without memory as to how he got there, "John" makes his escape with the help of a mysterious woman.

Beneath a fierce rainstorm, John stumbles into a nearby house, startling the arguing occupants inside.

The five strangers that John encounters also have no memory of who they are or how they arrived at this house. One thing is clear, all of them are in danger. But from what? Or, from whom?

'Open Grave' defies being pigeonholed into any one specific genre. At it's best, the film is a somber human drama with some suspenseful, horrific elements.

To say more about the plot would be to ruin some of the fun of 'Open Grave.' Discovering what is really going on is what makes the film compelling.

The production values are terrific. 'Open Grave' boasts gorgeous cinematography by Jose David Montero and a lush score by Juan Navazo.

Director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego's previous film, 'Apollo 18' should not dissuade genre fans from seeing 'Open Grave.' Where 'Apollo 18' suffered conceptually with its "found footage" shtick, 'Open Grave' is a suspenseful, intimately frightening offering.

Sharlto Copley proves to be a capable leading man as he continues to expand his resume in genre films.

From 'Elysium' and 'District 9' with director Neill Blomkamp to his recent role in 'Europa Report,' Copley seems comfortable flexing his acting muscles in genre fare of late. There's something likable, yet troubling, about his on-screen persona that serves 'Open Grave' very well.

If you prefer horror films with more of an intellectual, thoughtful side, 'Open Grave' may prove to be a pleasant surprise.


Today's top buzz...

  • Coachella
    The set times you need to know have been announced for Coachella
    Festival Buzz
  • Lamar Odom
    The New York Knicks are giving Lamar Odom another shot in the NBA
    NBA Buzz
  • Porsha Williams
    See why 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Porsha Williams posed for this mug shot
    TV News
  • NHL tickets
    If you're looking to catch an NHL playoff game in NYC, don't expect to do so on a budget
    NHL Buzz
  • Transcendence
    Review: ‘Transcendence’ fascinates, but does it rise above the field?
    Movies Buzz
  • Kobe Bryant
    Kobe Bryant has agreed to cooperate with an all-access documentary about his life
    Sports Buzz

Related Videos:

  • Watch 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' for Easter
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • "Transcendence" Fails to Rise Above Standard Techno Thrillers
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518200134" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • "Transcendence" time lord of consciousness
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;autoplay=1"></iframe>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!