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The Graves

by on Apr.09, 2010, under Daily Review

Bill Moseley and Tony Todd were enough to get my attention here, never mind the talents of Clare Grant and Jillian Murray as the Graves sisters. Brian Pulido has pulled together quite a cast, but it seems he didn’t have a plan once he’d got them. A basic plot of cat n mouse set in the Arizona desert sees the two sister hunted by the crazy religious hicks.

Has it all been done before, and have we anything original here? Hills have Eyes, Texas Chainsaw. What’s the real point here? OK, so there is a supernatural element thrown in for good measure, but for me, this didn’t really work. The religious emphasis is what carries this film, although it takes a good hour to really get to the point at which stage Tony Todd steals the show, with the help of a swarm of flies and a gas which turns people into crazy things, demonically possessed.  

Moseley is brilliant, but it doesn’t seem like he’s getting any kind of direction. He’s read the script, wind him up and let him go, and he’s excellent. I can’t say as much to Grant and Murray who fall at the first hurdle. I’m not blaming the girls as they show real presence, but without the encouragement, we have a stage school performance from the pair. Actions and reactions from the Graves are crazy at times but mostly unrealistic. This is a problem with plot, and direction more than their ability which is misguided.

Misguided is a word which not only sums up the direction towards the actors, but also the plot as a whole. It’s all over the place. It could have been quite an interesting piece if kept a little simpler, more along the lines of Wickerman meets Chainsaw with Christianity. But, take Todd and Moseley out of this film and you have even less. Never mind.

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