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The Graves (2009)

Two sisters from Arizona, Megan Graves (Clare Grant) and Abby Graves (Jillian Murray) go on one last road-trip before Megan leaves for a job in New York. After getting lost looking for a roadside attraction – the worlds largest thermometer –  they find themselves a small town. The waitress in the diner where they have lunch gives them directions to Skull City a local attraction, an abandoned mining town turned museum. It doesn’t take long before people start to die. The most pleasing and surprising thing about the movie is that just when you think it will be a Hostel style torture movie it becomes a supernatural horror with characters you want to see survive.

The thing that makes the movie work is the casting, Whilst Clare Grant and Jillian Murray aren’t great actresses, they are likeable and believable as sisters. It also features Tony Todd, best known as Candyman, Bill Moseley who has real horror credentials with parts in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), Army of Darkness (1992), House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and its sequel The Devil’s Rejects (2005) and Amanda Wyss who was Freddy Krueger’s first victim, in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

The story is hugely predictable and lacks originality and has no surprises. The acting is average at best and the photography isn’t great. It is basically a crappy B horror movie. It isn’t very good, but it really as no pretensions and doesn’t pretend to be any good and as such I kind of enjoyed it.  I have heard “Buffy meets The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” mentioned, its not a bad description although it lacks the humour of Buffy and the scares of Chain Saw.  The near epic eighty-four minute runtime flew by.

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