Survival of the Dead (DVD)

Dead reckoning

Over 40 years after the release of his seminal Night of the Living Dead, George A Romero’s zombie franchise lumbers on. And while his latest offering may lack the social and political commentary that defined his earlier movies, this tale of the inhabitants of an isolated island and their fight against the living dead packs in plenty of Romero’s trademark dry humour and outlandish effects. Gorehounds in particular will delights in the many sticky closeups.

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Open Graves (DVD)

It’s only a game…

Derivative, convoluted and resolutely unscary, Open Graves bills itself as a surfing horror movie – but there’s very little board action and it’s horrific only in the artistic sense of the word. Like a hackneyed cross between Final Destination and Jumanji, the by-the-numbers plot sees a group of beautiful surfers – holidaying in a Spain where everyone speaks English with a Manuel-esque accent – assemble to play a mysterious board game called Mamba. Given that this is a game made from the bones and skin of a witch murdered in the 15th Century, this is, of course, a Very Bad Idea. And once the player begin dying in the order in which they were knocked out of the game, surviving players Jason (Mike Vogel) and Erica (Eliza Dushku) realise they must finish playing if they have a hope in hell of saving their friends.

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