Grave-Encounters-poster-350x518Tribeca Film
2011
NR

In this horror flick, the stars of a paranormal investigation TV show spend the night in a derelict psychiatric hospital, hoping to uncover what’s been going bump in the night.  As their cameras roll, they find themselves trapped — and hunted.

Well well well, lookie what we have here.  Could it be…no, it can’t.  But wait…yes.  Yes I do believe we have a found footage-style horror movie that actually worked with your old, jaded Uncle NecRo.  Mind you, I went into Grave Encounters after having watched the less-than-stellar Episode 50.  So, I wasn’t really expecting much when I pressed Play on the second choice to round out a theme night of horror movie watchin’.  And man, what a pleasant surprise Grave Encounters was.

Sure, it’s yet another Found Footage movie with a Mocumentary style, set at another abandoned mental asylum with a nefarious history.  Usually, the general script for one of these goes like this: Hapless amateur paranormal investigators spend the night in abandoned building, wackiness ensues, and either they all die/disappear/something really bad happens, or some of them, or none of them, by the time the sun rises.  End of movie.  No, with Grave Encounters, things start off that way – the raw footage shows the group getting outside shots and local interviews, even showing some goof footage to show that the investigators or a bit less than altruistic.  But, once the caretaker of this building chains things up, and after the usual spookiness happens, things take a turn for the weird.  Yep, this oft-used trope is given quite the big, healthy twist, to liven things up a bit and give us something different in the mix.  And no, I’m not going to tell you what that is.

The acting from the cast was top-notch, everyone doing a great job with their roles.  The effects were done mostly in the dark shadows, and with really great effect.  Those of you who thought the effects used in the Paranormal Activity movies were kinda cool but lame overall might want to give Grave Encounters a shot.  Mind you, things did start to drag in the last fifteen minutes or so, but overall Grave Encounters was a surprisingly enjoyable 90 minutes of paranormal-style horror goodness.  Recommended.

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