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Grave Encounters 2 (2012)

A film student who is obsessed with the movie ‘Grave Encounters’ sets out with his friends to visit the psychiatric hospital depicted in the original film.

The first ‘Grave Encounters’ was somewhat of a minor hit amongst the internet crowd. Originally leaked (purposefully) by Stuart Ortiz and Collin Minihan (now known as The Vicious Brothers) the directors made their found footage flick about a tv crew filming in a mental hospital a small hit amongst the horror crowd.
Personally, I felt it did have potential but a few instances put aside, it never got really scary, at least not to a seasoned horror veteran.

So ofcourse, as is the case with every somewhat succesful horror movie, we get a sequel. Directed by a friend of the original directing duo, John Poliquin, Grave Encounters 2 goes the ‘meta’ path, and depicts part 1 as a real life event.

We meet up with your typical ‘director’ student / emo, who is looking to find out if the original movie was indeed real or a set-up. Through some horrible acting we find out that the producer tried to keep the original movie away from release until it was leaked and decided to make a buck out of it since he was already being pursued by the family of the original cast for various claims.

This is ofcourse a very well worn path we’re taken on, and because of the lack of talent involved, it’s not particularly off to a good start.
So we go through the motions, kids venture out, kids find hospital, kids go in, find out it’s realy real OMG, and we get another hour of hospital scares.
However, the scares are better than the first one, even though we know what’s coming. Which is commendable, even though the torn out mouths (as seen in the header for this article) are becoming a bit stale.
All in all, if you put 1 and 2 together and make it into one movie, it would have done a hell of a lot better.
The most part consists of everything we already know is coming, and because it’s made up to be a meta setting, you can’t help but be annoyed by some of the common horror flaws like the stupid decision making or the all too familiar ”help I’m being chased but I’m still carrying my camera and turning around to film it”.

All in all, it’s just not a very great horror movie. The setting is fine, the acting was horrible, the story was as standard as they come and the ending is even more cringeworthy.
But you can see that the vicious brothers, which is such a horrible name btw, can deliver scares and I’m looking forward to their ‘Fire in the Sky’ inspired movie ‘Intruders’.
Skip this and wait for some real horror later in the fall.

5/10 stars!

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3 thoughts on “Grave Encounters 2 (2012)

  1. Ha! Well, I think I enjoyed it more than you did for sure. You make some very valid points about the conventions that all these FF movies are stuck with. Like the Emo director (ha, that was funny, dude), the stupid decisions made by the characters like returning to the Hospital after almost being shot at by a security guard and so on and so on. The film did have some cool scares (the Nurses freaked me out) in it’s defense. I think that it could have been better without the whole “Meta” thing too. Good review like always, Paul. 😀 Hasta La Vista – Vic

    Posted by Victor De Leon | October 11, 2012, 21:12
    • Hey Vic, yeah the guy kept reminding me off that dude from American Beauty, the guy filming the plastic bag..just your average run off the mill emo director student 🙂 You made some very good points in your review which made me rethink about my own, but I can’t seem to look past the very well threaded path it took with the found footage stuff as well as the ridiculous decision making. Loved your review man!

      Posted by That Dutch Filmlover | October 11, 2012, 21:24
      • Thanks for reading bro. Much appreciated like always. 😀 I think I’m going to take a break from FF movies for a bit. I have been reviewing them back to back to back for a while now. Going to do some Hammer films as well as a Bond movie soon.

        Posted by Victor De Leon | October 11, 2012, 21:35

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