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December 20, 2013
Grave Secrets (Donald P. Borchers, 1989)

The IMDB trivia section for Grave Secrets, also known as Secret Screams (under which title it is as I write this available on Netflix Instant Streaming), is the directorial debut of producer Donald P. Borchers. It neglects to mention that Borchers would direct just two more films in the following two decades. Once you've seen Grave Secrets, you will find it all too easy to understand why.

Plot: Iris Norwood (Abwärts' Renée Soutendijk) has inherited an old bed and breakfast that is rumored to be haunted. She calls in local psychic David Shaw (The Long Shot's Paul Le Mat) to investigate. At first, Shaw is skeptical that anything is really going on in the house, but as the sexual tension grows between the two, Shaw slowly becomes convinced that something is, indeed, going on. (I didn't mean to imply those two things are connected. The film may have meant to imply this, but if so, it failed.)

The best way to describe this is a basement-budget ripoff of the underrated 1980 fright classic The Entity, but if The Entity had been a made-for-TV movie that did nothing in the way of boundary-pushing and relied on ridiculously bad special effects instead of atmosphere to generate what few jumps it has. At least it stopped before revealing the oh-so-prediectable secret relationship between the bad guy and...DAMMIT. Really, as with pretty much every movie containing Paul Le Mat, you would do very well to stay away from this one. *

Not hugely related to the film, but should be mentioned because of a title mix-up at Amazon: please note this is not the 1992 TV movie starring Patty Duke. It was released three years earlier and is a theatrical release.
½ September 3, 2011
Apparently, Flixter does not deem Grave Secrets (or Secret Screams as I saw it) worthy of an image, and frankly I must concur with this judgment. Abysmal acting, a worthless script, zero scares, and a complete lack of anything resembling a horror film aesthetic make Grave Secrets a film only worthy of the graveyard. An absolutely worthless piece of garbage that might only find redemption as an MST3K episode.
November 17, 2014
please put this movie for me, because I've never seen it. .would love to. thank you.
December 20, 2013
Grave Secrets (Donald P. Borchers, 1989)

The IMDB trivia section for Grave Secrets, also known as Secret Screams (under which title it is as I write this available on Netflix Instant Streaming), is the directorial debut of producer Donald P. Borchers. It neglects to mention that Borchers would direct just two more films in the following two decades. Once you've seen Grave Secrets, you will find it all too easy to understand why.

Plot: Iris Norwood (Abwärts' Renée Soutendijk) has inherited an old bed and breakfast that is rumored to be haunted. She calls in local psychic David Shaw (The Long Shot's Paul Le Mat) to investigate. At first, Shaw is skeptical that anything is really going on in the house, but as the sexual tension grows between the two, Shaw slowly becomes convinced that something is, indeed, going on. (I didn't mean to imply those two things are connected. The film may have meant to imply this, but if so, it failed.)

The best way to describe this is a basement-budget ripoff of the underrated 1980 fright classic The Entity, but if The Entity had been a made-for-TV movie that did nothing in the way of boundary-pushing and relied on ridiculously bad special effects instead of atmosphere to generate what few jumps it has. At least it stopped before revealing the oh-so-prediectable secret relationship between the bad guy and...DAMMIT. Really, as with pretty much every movie containing Paul Le Mat, you would do very well to stay away from this one. *

Not hugely related to the film, but should be mentioned because of a title mix-up at Amazon: please note this is not the 1992 TV movie starring Patty Duke. It was released three years earlier and is a theatrical release.
½ May 13, 2013
Quite possibly the worst supernatural thriller ever made.
October 27, 2012
A professor spends time at a vacant bed and breakfast to determine why a ghost is haunting it. Breakfast appears to be the ghost's least favourite meal judging by it's treatment of eggs.
½ March 4, 2012
Woman seeks professor's help with a ghost in her boarding house but doesn't fully disclose some important details about the presence. Not bad but paces itself on a slow burn. If you missed it, it would not be a grave mistake.
½ September 3, 2011
Apparently, Flixter does not deem Grave Secrets (or Secret Screams as I saw it) worthy of an image, and frankly I must concur with this judgment. Abysmal acting, a worthless script, zero scares, and a complete lack of anything resembling a horror film aesthetic make Grave Secrets a film only worthy of the graveyard. An absolutely worthless piece of garbage that might only find redemption as an MST3K episode.
February 5, 2010
A professor spends time at a vacant bed and breakfast to determine why a ghost is haunting it. Breakfast appears to be the ghost's least favourite meal judging by it's treatment of eggs.
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