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.