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[Adds] additional layers of self-consciousness to a story that was already pretty derivative.
"Grave Encounters 2" is a miserable affair, a sequel to a movie that drummed up most of its attention online but one that had a few starts and scares along the way.
This movie definitely has its jump-in-your-seat moments while creating an eerie atmosphere for at least a section of the film, but it doesn't wholly live up to the reputation of its predecessor.
no film takes this postmodernism quite so far as John Poliquin's Grave Encounters 2, which... produces a conceptual hall of mirrors to match the labyrinthine asylum in which filmmaking characters will eventually become trapped (again).
Gathers up a head of loose-limbed steam and bundles it up in a nice technical package, but then fumbles it away on a story that buckles under the weight of layered self-consciousness.
Basically, Grave Encounters 2 is so far up its own ass it almost disappears.
Grave Encounters 2 disappoints because it cops out to so many current horror clichés and can't seem to come up with anything fresh or original.
Ultimately, Grave Encounters 2 is a much more ambitious and worse off project than the original, opening a Pandora's Box of horror insanity that comes right around and bites the Vicious Brothers where it hurts.
Grave Encounters 2 delivers a sick, intense, and scary white-knuckled spookshow that reveres the groundwork set up by the original and expands upon it on every level.
Though objectively I can say with some certainty that the first Grave Encounters is the better movie of the two, this second helping still got me excited in a way for the franchise itself. Sure, the third act is essentially just a worse version of the whole first movie, but Grave Encounters 2 tries some new things, not just in terms of this film series, but something new to Found Footage Horror overall.
For the sequel to last year's bland found-footage flick, things have gone all meta. The story here is of a film student who becomes obsessed with the idea that the events of the first film were indeed real. The first half is somewhat interesting as he and his friends investigate this idea but the second half is practically a remake of the first movie. The only entertainment here is in the opening sequence, a montage of Youtube reviews of the first film, not all positive. It has to be said the movie does feature some quite impressive effects work given the low budget.
partly entertaining, if you liked the first you'd still enjoy this one but I found it very average.
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