If I could cast a single element of praise towards Terence Key’s directorial feature debut An Unquiet Grave, it would be for the bold attempt to have two actors carry the entire 1hr and 12 min running time. The problem is that despite what is admittedly fairly short for a feature, it still stretches the premise too thinly to warrant your complete attention.
The premise itself feels like something drawn out of Pet Sematary, where a man Jamie (Jacob A. Ware) hatches a plan to bring his wife back from the dead with the help of her twin sister Ava (Christine Nyland, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Key). Using some dark magic macguffin which relies on a ritualistic act taking place at the site of the death, Jamie drives Ava to the location in order to carry out said deed. What he fails to mention is that a blood sacrifice is in order.
From here on in the movie drags its light plot to a bitter end using a few tricks of the trade in scares and thrills until the restless grave can find peace once more for its occupant. Both Nyland and Ware do incredibly well to lift the film using every ounce of acting prowess and for this the film can be thankful for their on screen presence but there’s not much else on show here.
It was always a tough task to add depth to a shallow conceptual grave but there is enough substance here to keep you engaged… just.
Both actors chew on as much of the dialogue to keep up the momentum and there are also some choice decisions from director Keys to make his mark for hopefully more budget to expand on his and Nyland’s writing and directing future.
- Saul Muerte