Jamie (Jacob A. Ware) has suffered a great loss. His wife, Jules died in a car accident and he’s had trouble going through the grieving process. So much so that he’d do anything to have her back in his life. Ava (Christine Nyland) feels the same way as she’s Jules’ identical twin sister and after Jamie does find a way to bring back his beloved wife, Ava agrees to help him.
So, they go into the woods and start the ritual that Jamie has learnt in order to bring back the dead. However, Ava starts to get nervous when strange things start happening and she starts to think that Jamie is not telling her everything about what’s going to happen – until it’s too late.
An Unquiet Grave is a mostly contemplative and cerebral horror on Shudder which talks about grief, the bond between those grieving and the lengths people would go to if there was a chance of getting back their loved one. Told in what is possibly the most realistic way possible, the script for An Unquiet Grave explores the topics of its story in a way that feels well thought out and real, as real as any story where somebody raises the dead at least.
This leads the story to go through the different thought processes from Jamie’s motives for bringing back his dead wife, to Jules going through the thoughts in her head of having been brought back and what it may mean or feel like for her. An Unquiet Grave is a thoughtful drama with inflections of horror, so if you’re looking for a thrilling ride filled with jump scares then you may want to look elsewhere.
However, if you don’t mind thinking while watching a horror movie that doesn’t require you to switch off your brain then this may come as a pleasant surprise.
The problem is though that although director Terence Krey and co-writer Christine Nyland may have come up with a unique concept and have told it in an original way, the story doesn’t seem to know how to end.
There are many moments which may make the audience think what they would do in Jamie and Ava’s shoes, but the actions towards the end may detach audiences from these moral dilemmas.
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