Monday, June 21, 2021

An Unquiet Grave (2021)

Streaming Services: Shudder
Movie Name/Year: An Unquiet Grave (2021)
Genre: Horror
Length: 72 minutes
Rating: Unrated
Production/Distribution: Unquiet Films, Shudder
Director: Terence Krey
Writer: Terence Krey, Christine Nyland
Actors: Christine Nyland, Jacob A. Ware
Blurb from IMDb: A year after the death of his wife, a man enlists her sister to help him bring her back.

Selina’s Point of View:
An Unquiet Grave was fine, but absolutely not for me.
This film covered grief. There are a lot of places to take a subject like that. Many well-loved horrors delve deep into grief: The Babadook (2014), Pet Semetary (1989/2019), and Midsommar (2019) are only the immediate 3 that pop into my mind. That’s without giving it more than a few seconds of thought.
Each of the films I mentioned have incredible staying power. They claw their nails into your mind and refuse to let go. Even if you didn’t like them on first watch-through (or at all), they still become movies that pop into your mind whenever grief comes into play.
I don’t see An Unquiet Grave being that. It wasn’t a bad film – but it was so slow that paying attention became impossible.
All the ‘big reveals’ were not big or reveals. They were obvious turns. In fact, there was no part of me that saw the story going any other way.

The settings were suitably creepy. The acting was good. Even the scripted tended to feel natural. For all intents and purposes, this should be an amazing flick.
I was just so bored that I can’t say that.
Right now, the majority of critics are loving it. It’s got great preliminary reviews. I predict that general audiences are not going to take to it as well.
It’s art. There’s not doubt about that. It’s just not what I’m looking for in a horror film. It didn’t capture my attention, and it didn’t scare me.
If you want to see for yourself, An Unquiet Grave will be available through Shudder on June 24.

Cat’s Point of View:
I have one thing to say in the wake of the credits for An Unquiet Grave: oi.
Let me back up a little bit. I am always excited when we get a chance to watch a screener for Shudder. It’s really hit or miss whether or not we’ll enjoy the movies, but I always enjoy giving them a watch
There are some times, however, that you just have to question why a movie was even made. Today felt like one of those moments as I watched the narrative of An Unquiet Grave unfold. Within minutes, I had a general idea about what was going on. I predicted exactly how it was going to turn out before reaching the halfway point.

I was bored and nothing transpiring on-screen engrossed me well enough to allow me to suspend disbelief.
Let’s be clear, though – it wasn’t a dumpster fire. It was simply ‘meh.’ The acting was generally tolerable, at least. The story didn’t call for much more than low-fi practical effects so there wasn’t anything askew there for the most part, either. An Unquiet Grave was simply basic and predictable. 
There are so many better options on the Shudder streaming platform than An Unquiet Grave. I’d recommend seeking one of those rather than wasting an hour or so of your day.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 87%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 6.3/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating2/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating2/5
Trust-the-Dice’s Parental Advisory Rating: R
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