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New Release Review [Shudder] - AN UNQUIET GRAVE

an unquiet grave review
A grieving widower attempts to resurrect his dead wife with the aide of her identical twin sister.

Review by Eric Hillis

Directed by: Terrence Krey

Starring: Christine Nyland, Jacob A. Ware

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Falling somewhere between MR James and EC Comics, director Terence Krey's minimalist horror movie An Unquiet Grave delivers a unique spin on the classic 'Monkey's Paw' format.

Widower Jamie (Jacob A. Ware) clearly hasn't read WW Jacobs' famous short story, or even Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary', as he's determined to resurrect his dead wife Jules.

an unquiet grave review

Working to instructions he gleaned from some ambiguous tutor who managed to bring their son back from the dead, Jamie ropes in Jules' identical twin sister Ava (Christine Nyland, who co-wrote the script with Krey), as the blood of a relative is required for the ritual.

The pair drive out to the isolated stretch of road where Jules met her demise in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. Ava is blindfolded and told to wait. What Jamie hasn't told her however is that she's to be a sacrifice, with Jules returning to life in her sister's body.

an unquiet grave review

An Unquiet Grave gives us a fascinatingly flawed protagonist in Jamie, a man who loves his wife so much that he'll do anything to bring her back, even if it means sacrificing her sister. He hasn't put much thought into how Jules might react when she returns in a body unwillingly donated to her though.

Some of the film's greatest chills come from putting us in the place of Jules and her shock at her unexpected resurrection. In a line that sent chills down my spine, Jules describes inhabiting her sister's body as thus: "I can feel her skin on me." Yikes! The reality of her resurrection is nicely conveyed when the prim and proper Jules removes her bra and is surprised to be greeted by the sight of her rebellious sister's nipple piercings.

It doesn't take long for Jules to realise that her loving hubby has changed, driven insane by his quest to be reunited with the woman he loves.

an unquiet grave review

Nyland plays the resurrected Jules like a millennial Bride of Frankenstein, initially confused and ultimately horrified by her rebirth. And just as the bride rejects the monster, Jamie finds himself struggling to connect with this reboot of his wife.

Like a modern update of one of the BBC's classic MR James Ghost Story at Christmas adaptations, An Unquiet Grave makes economic use of a relatively brief runtime (75 minutes) and a lack of special effects. The sight of a lit cigarette on a windowsill here provides more chills than any cattleprod scored jump scare of a demon running towards the camera could ever hope to achieve.

An Unquiet Grave is on Shudder from June 25th.

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