Grave Encounters 2 2012

Grave Encounters 2

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Movie Info

Film students break into an abandoned insane asylum to do paranormal research and quickly discover ghosts are real.

Cast & Crew

Stephanie Bennett
Tessa Hamill
Sean Rogerson
Lance Preston
Howie Lai
Jared Lee
Dylan Playfair
Trevor Thompson
Colin Minihan
Screenwriter
Stuart Ortiz
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Martin Fisher
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Darren Reiter
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Quynne Craddock
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Critic Reviews for Grave Encounters 2

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  • [Adds] additional layers of self-consciousness to a story that was already pretty derivative.

    October 12, 2012
  • "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.

    October 11, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Waste any more time with these films and you'd be better off in a madhouse.

    June 29, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/10 | Full Review…
  • 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).

    October 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    November 13, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Grave Encounters 2

  • Aug 23, 2016
    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.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2013
    I liked the original Grave Encounters, I thought it was a solid film with some good scares. Fast forward a year later and here we have this sequel. Ok basically the story of this movie is to pretend that the first Grave Encounters was a gigantic success, like something to rival The Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity. I understand that horror films live in a bubble and you shouldn't take that bubble too seriously, but I find that there's a hint of ego showing from The Vicious Brothers' part to pretend like their movie, which was successful on an independent level, will ever command as much debate as The Blair Witch Project did when it first came out. So that right there sort of got things off to a shaky start. Basically the series went from a movie about charlatans finding themselves in a situation that was a little too real for them, to this...a meta horror movie if I ever saw one. The first act of the movie basically consists of Alex and his crew trying to find out what happened to the crew of the original film, and finding out whether this really happened or not. The movie is so self-referential that I was about ready to turn it off at the 30 minute mark. I hate to use this word, but it was absolutely pretentious. Sure, it's an ambitious approach but it's an approach that was completely unnecessary. Basically the first act of the movie could've been done in less than 10 minutes. But because The Vicious Brothers wanted to show off how clever and smart they were by trying to subvert horror conventions, they didn't, the movie got off to a terrible start. Scott Weinberg, a man whose opinion on horror I respect, says that the movie is so far up its own ass it almost disappears. And I completely agree with that, because in many ways the film is a tribute to The Vicious Brothers' ego, because they can't give me one good reason for this first act being so meta. Well other than a tribute to their own cleverness. Ok, so let's move on to the second act...when the crew decides to finally go to the psychiatric hospital. This is where the film should have its best moments right? Well, yes you would be correct actually. The problem is that there are not even that many scares...and they're all crammed into the second act because, of course, the third act had to go back to the meta bullshit. There was also one incredibly stupid moment where two of the characters doubt that a free standing door could actually lead to anywhere, imagine Narnia. These are the same two characters that, not 20 minutes prior, had escaped the hospital, gotten in their car, drove to their hotel, got to their rooms, packed up their shit and when they tried to leave, the elevator door open to reveal that they were still in the hospital. But I mean, a free-standing door that actually leads to somewhere, well that's too fucking hard to believe. Rampant stupidity. And, of course, the characters are unlikable as shit. But I will give them this, at least this second act had some decent scares...and that's what the movie should have actually concentrated on and rather than trying to make a statement about the nature of horror sequels. And this brings us to the last act, where they take the meta bullshit and take it to the next level. Basically, the fucking hospital is being haunted by this doctor, or something, that performed all kinds of fucked up experiments on people. This doctor wants these movies that are being filmed to continue in order to get more idiots to go there exploring. This is clearly directed at the nature of horror films and its sequels and producers that keep exploiting these franchises. It's not a bad idea per se, but it's done in a such a self-serving manner that it just doesn't work. I don't think anybody, when choosing to watch this movie, wanted to watch a self-referential horror movie criticizing the nature of horror sequels. They wanted to see a movie with a lot of supernatural scares and that's the problem. I don't fault The Vicious Brothers for their ambitions, but I do fault them for not being smart enough to figure out what their audience really wanted. If the movie spent more time on developing decent scares rather than trying to subvert horror conventions, this movie would've been much, much better. Terrible movie here.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2013
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  • Feb 14, 2013
    I somehow managed to see this film before its full theatrical release this weekend (Ahem. No questions about that please) after the first Grave Encounters. I actually was very impressed with the original film. It was truly horrific. This is the crap that comes after any successful movie. Essentially a repeat of the first film with nothing terribly new or innovative.
    John B Super Reviewer

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