Monday, August 24, 2009

Nature's Grave (2008)

Many environmental Horror films will force their social agendas down your throat to the point where the film loses all interest and integrity as a work of art. NATURE'S GRAVE is not one of them. Through breathtaking settings and engaging characters, the film instantly captivates the audience while it slowly introduces its underlying ecological theme. A bickering married couple find themselves on a desolate beach in the Australian outback while vacationing on their long weekend, but their slovenly behavior, littering, and abuse towards the local animals sparks an all-out attack by Mother Nature. Fans of fast-paced action and gore need not apply, but anyone that can appreciate a slow but steady character driven film will find a lot to like here. Though both characters are antagonizing throughout the entire movie, their natural dialogue and the realistic scenario they find themselves in lends instant credibility to the events that follow. The biggest stretch is the outlandish finale that drops the suspended disbelief and becomes almost silly. Prior to that, though, there are scenes of true suspense and horror as the characters disrespect their environment and each other. This is a refreshing change of pace from the average teen Slasher or Gore shocker, and comes recommended!

Rating: 8/10.
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Special thanks to Johnny at Freddy in Space for the recommendation on this one!

16 comments:

  1. I've heard good things... but the name puts me off. 'NATURE'S GRAVE'... it just sounds like somthing you'd buy at a Goth health-food store.

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  2. lol I cant disagree there, I prefer the name of the original film, Long Weekend. But then again, Long Weekend sounds more like Spring Break, and seems like it should entail gratuitous nudity and beer.

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  3. Hmmm, Vinyan sounds much much worse. I'm actually slightly interested in this one after reading your review, as well as the on from Freddy in Space.

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  4. LONG WEEKEND is one of my favorites. It's a seriously creepy movie that builds to a double shocker climax. It's a slow build, too, so those who have short attention spans or demand lots of violence and gore will be quickly put off by the film (the original I mean). I used to have the Interglobal VHS of the original. The front cover led you to believe there were giant creatures in the film. The Synapse dvd was a blessing and looks gorgeous.

    I've yet to see the remake so I don't know how much has been pilfered from the original source. The original movie is very realistic with a slight touch of the supernatural to give you a goosebump or two. I was curious if the new film had hit video yet. I need to check it out.

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  5. Id like to go back to the original to see what differences exist as well, Johnny says that much of the film remained the same but benefited from better acting and cleaner cinematics. Ill be sure to grab Long Weekend at some point on Netflix then we can compare!

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  6. I'm so partial to the original, if it was TOO similar, I would probably find fault with it from the start. I still want to see it, though. I really enjoyed Blanks' VALENTINE and his STORM WARNING even more, so I have some hope for the redux of one of the creepiest of the 'Nature Gone Amuck' movies.

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  7. Im going to have to check out Storm Warning, I have been intentionally overlooking it because I thought it was just another cheapie D2DVD but Johnny mentioned that he enjoyed it as well, so with your second recommendation its going right on the wishlist!

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  8. I did a review for it back when it first came out on a forum. It has a flashy look to it, but it captures that savage 70's feel and it contains one of the most cringe inducing death scenes I've seen in years. It's very much in the vein of movies like TEXAS CHAINSAW, MOTHER'S DAY, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, that sort of thing.

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  9. Without giving anything away, one of the two deaths was AMAZING. Amazing. The other was implied. Now I am completely invested, must see Long Weekend!

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  10. Dude, now I wanna hit the video store and see if this movie is there! Without giving anything away, the shocker ending of the original is something out of an EC comic.

    I've been working on some articles for a new column at my site comparing remakes with their originals. This one will definitely be one of them. Speaking of remakes, I will have to check out the TERROR TRAIN remake, as it's one of my fave slashers.

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  11. Nice, Im all for anything EC related!

    I have very very low expectations for the TT remake based on the synopsis and reports I have been following on Bloody-disgusting.. I will watch it, no doubt, but it sounds very teen horror.. How can you ever top the original though?? Terror Train > all

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  12. I think it's already out on dvd. Someone described it as HOSTEL on a train. I don't even think it's called TERROR TRAIN, either.

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  13. Is it really? Is it the one with Danny Glover? I think I remembered the title being changed to Train?

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  14. Looks like it's on dvd November 17th. On the fearwerx message board some people have already seen it. Downloaded it I guess?

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  15. Without a doubt, unless it was pirated and made it on to youtube, which seems to be a grey area at this point

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  16. I just posted some comments about it in your TERROR TRAIN lame cover art post, Carl. One of the posters stated the movie had lots of gore, but the ending sucked.

    Reading up on it, it sounds nothing at all like the original, but Italian LAST HOUSE copies like NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS and TERROR EXPRESS.

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