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Grave Halloween (2013/Anchor Bay DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: C-

Grave Halloween delivers an interesting premise and a strong first act but falls short and ends up being just another second rate ghost movie. It also has little to do with Halloween and could have truthfully been set on Thanksgiving for what its worth.

The story is about a group of Americans in Japan that venture into a forest that is known for the high number of suicides that have been taking place there. Maiko (played by the beautiful Kaitlyn Leeb) is there to return her dead mother's belongings and to perform a ceremony to grant the spirit of her dead mother final rest. Though the evil forest seems to be unending and plays tricks on those who venture inside not to mention cooks up plenty of strange characters and bizarre hallucinations, Maiko is haunted by hallucinations and determined to find an answer to her bizarre childhood.

Choosing a tight knit group of friends and an outside film major with a camera, they decide to document the search for the truth behind Maiko's mom's mysterious death and to help document the truth behind the creepy sight.

There are plenty of deaths and supernatural horrors in the film to keep the casual horror moviegoer interested but the special effects never quite deliver and the makeup feels pretty generic for the paranormal involved. The ending scene of the film is pretty predictable too so don't expect to have your life changed by watching this film.

Some of the special effects like flies buzzing out of wide mouthed ghosts or spirits being sucked from corpses feel pretty CG. There are scenes where buckets of rain shower down on our main characters in a very stylized fashion and lightning strikes more than it ever should in real life with no explanation.

Sound and Picture on the disc are standard for the format with a standard definition transfer preserving the original anamorphic-enhanced widescreen aspect ratio in 2.35:1. The sound isn't bad either for the format and is a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track.

No extras on the disc.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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