Grave Encounters

2011

Grave Encounters

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Lance Preston and the crew of "Grave Encounters", a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where unexplained phenomena has been reported for years. All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted - it is alive - and it has no intention of ever letting them leave. They find themselves lost in a labyrinth maze of endless hallways and corridors, terrorized by the ghosts of the former patients. -- (C) Official Site

Cast

Ben Wilkinson
as Jerry Hartfield
Sean Rogerson
as Lance Preston
Juan Riedinger
as Matt White
Ashleigh Gryzko
as Sasha Parker
Mackenzie Gray
as Houston Gray
Arthur Corber
as Dr. Friedkin
Luis Javier
as Gardener
Shawn MacDonald
as Morgan Turner
Merwin Mondesir
as T.C. Gibson
Kenny Sandivol
as Bob Rathie
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Critic Reviews for Grave Encounters

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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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