Grave Encounters 2011

Grave Encounters

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The crew of a ghost-hunting TV show goes insane after being locked in an abandoned psychiatric hospital.

Cast & Crew

Sean Rogerson
Lance Preston
Mackenzie Gray
Houston Gray
Ashleigh Gryzko
Sasha Parker
Arthur Corber
Dr. Friedkin
Shawn Macdonald
Morgan Turner
Ben Wilkinson
Jerry Hartfield
Bob Rathie
Kenny Sandivol
Colin Minihan
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Stuart Ortiz
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Quynne Craddock
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Tony Mirza
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Stuart Ortiz
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Critic Reviews for Grave Encounters

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (5)

  • The filmmakers toss subtlety out the window in favor of fun, in your face chills that stick their landing. They also know how to stretch their meager budget; the ghosts of past patients in this asylum play a major role in inducing goosebumps.

    June 4, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Finally, a little self-awareness.

    October 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The filmmakers seem unaware that they're beating a dead horse. As the uniformly annoying characters stumble around, screaming and cursing, we don't give a hoot for their survival.

    September 8, 2011 | Rating: 1/5
  • True terror needs at least some authenticity. That's perhaps too much to ask of a faked movie about a faked reality show that still can't scare up a fresh idea.

    September 6, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Grave Encounters can't even pretend to be anything other than hopelessly derivative.

    September 4, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The pic's creepiness factor is sufficient to rate this a notch above genre average.

    May 25, 2011

Audience Reviews for Grave Encounters

  • Aug 22, 2016
    With what little I knew about Grave Encounters, I knew it had ticked enough of my "Generally Avoid" boxes that I never really had any interest in watching it. In fact the only reason I saw it at all was because of a recommendation I got online when I posed the question "Where there any good movies in 2011"? I didn't love Grave Encounters. But I am, to my surprise, super glad that I watched it. If more Found Footage Horror films were like this one, maybe I wouldn't detest the genre. Seriously, although I had a number of problems with the movie, I'd still put this one up closer to The Last Exorcism and The Blair Witch Project than I would to the usual dreck the genre offers.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2016
    The movie's desperate attempt to look amateurish is risible and the actors are mostly terrible, but the good thing is that it manages to create a disturbing atmosphere and even finds a good justification for the characters to carry around their cameras in the most terrifying moments.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2013
    Very atmospheric and offers a handful of jump scares. But the found footage format gets kind of stale if you've been watching many of those films.
    Anoop K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2013
    A hopelessly unoriginal horror movie with a handful of good scares near the end, Grave Encounters is found-footage at its most mediocre. It follows a group of reality TV ghost-hunters as they explore an abandoned mental asylum for the sixth episode of their show. They make the brilliant decision to lock themselves into the asylum overnight, leading to their realization that they are now trapped in a haunted asylum and their sanity gradually slips away. My biggest problem with the movie, aside from the extreme lack of scariness until the last twenty minutes, is that the characters are all intensely stupid and frustrating. The main character Lance Preston, who hosts the reality TV show in the movie, is a narcissistic jerk who starts off annoying and never really becomes sympathetic. There are no likeable characters in the movie, which makes it a lot easier to root for the ghosts rather than the humans. The characters make typically genius scary movie decisions like splitting up frequently and investigating strange noises, and as usual it rarely ends well when they do. The concept and style is as ordinary as it gets, borrowing heavily from Session 9, Paranormal Activity, and [REC] without ever doing much to distinguish itself from those three movies. It does have a few well-executed scares near the very end, especially when they encounter patients/ghosts on a few occasions. It turns out the ghosts of mental patients are actually not as friendly as you might expect. Still, the scares at the end don't make up for the first hour, which is more or less just made up of characters yelling at each other with the occasional mysterious loud noise thrown in for variety. This might satisfy some people who can't find anything better to watch, but I'll take [REC] over Grave Encounters any day of the week.
    Joey S Super Reviewer

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