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Open Grave (2013)

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A man wakes up in the wilderness, in a pit full of dead bodies, with no memory and must determine if the murderer is one of the strangers who rescued him, or if he himself is the killer.
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Cast overview:
Márta Szabó ...
Balázs Szitás ...
Sickly Man
Zsuzsa Szabados ...
Grandma (as Zsuzsanna Szabados)
Tofi Seffer ...
Éva Botos ...
Kati Dombi ...
Moaner Woman
Araceli Sanz ...
Voice of Grandma (voice)
Pedro De Santiago ...
Voice of Boy (voice)


A man 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. Written by Tribeca Film

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The moment you wake up, the nightmare begins

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Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 January 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anoihtos tafos  »

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2.35 : 1
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Filming occurred in May 2012 in Hungary. Copley was confirmed to star in the film on 2 May 2012. See more »


Despite there being a pit of human corpses, there are no flies or any other obvious signs of decomposition (such as maggots, rotting flesh, any suggestion of a foul odor, etc). See more »


Nathan: You were supposed to rescue us!
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Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)
Written by María López-Gallego
Performed by María López-Gallego
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A good concept, some well worked scenes, but the film never managed to climb all the way out of the grave it began in.
30 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The film's opening takes you from you seat and places you in the full horror of waking up in an open grave of dead bodies with no memory of how you got there.

The cinematography is ambitious, the music and sound are used subtly and with good effect, and the film's first quarter drags you in well and you want to know on earth happened just as much as the characters in the film. But as they begin to interact, it all goes wrong. The dialogue is forced and unnatural, their decision making strange, and the American accent by South African Sharlto Copley distracts, especially when you are trying to understand someone who has just woken up not knowing who he is.

As the film gets past the hallway point, it loses its direction. It feels like a collection of scenes pasted together sloppily than an evolving narrative, and by the time the truth is revealed you have already stopped caring.

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