For the people who didn’t believe the events in Grave Encounters, film student Alex Wright is out to prove them wrong.
Alex is as obsessed with the first film (as were the 20 million people who viewed its viral trailer on YouTube).
While he and his friends research the events and visit the real psychiatric hospital depicted in the original film, they find themselves face-to-face with unspeakable evil, banking on the hope that their knowledge of the original film will help them survive the sequel.
Having not watched Grave Encounters, I decided to take this DVD at face value. I didn’t have the first film to compare the sequel to, which could be a good thing, maybe it’s not.
Our story begins with fans of the original Grave Encounters giving their opinion on what they thought of the original film. Some love it, some don’t love it as much – your usual views of any movie.
Alex is the last person to give his critique and it’s quite evident that he’s a Grave Encounters fan. So much so that he’s willing to travel to the hospital depicted in the film. Is he mad? Possibly, but then, if I had the chance to visit the set of a movie I absolutely loved I would do it in a nanosecond.
Alex has been trying to get in contact with the directors and stars of Grave Encounters without success. As a last resort he posts a video to YouTube asking for help.
Alex and friends drive to Canada to the location of the original Grave Encounters. The building is huge. A security guard warns them off from entering the building, telling them it’s full of asbestos. But managing to escape his clutches, the friends enter the hospital via other means. What will the friends find in their investigation of the hospital? Was Grave Encounters real or was it indeed only one of many found footage films? As I’ve said many times before and I’ll say again, you have to watch the DVD to find out.
After reading some pretty negative reviews on the internet I was expecting Grave Encounters 2 to be appalling. But in honesty it isn’t as bad as some are making out. Sure, it takes a long long time to build any momentum and it does get lost in itself at points, but overall it’s not a bad viewing experience.
There are times where you’re likely to actually jump with fright and the special effects used are quite good.
The plot of the film is very ‘out there’ and I found myself a little confused at times. This could be seen as good thing as it did encourage me to carry on until the end. Fans of the found footage genre would find plenty to keep them happy with this film.
Overall Grave Encounters 2 as a standalone found footage movie is not bad. Yes, there are no A List stars in the movie, but there rarely are in horror nowadays. As a result, if you’re expecting Oscar winning performances your best bet is to look to another genre. So what horror lacks in acting, it makes up for in atmosphere, effects, frights, thrills and chills. Grave Encounters 2 does deliver on these elements to some extent, particularly the jumpy moments as I mentioned earlier.
But it’s so wrapped up in itself and what it wants to achieve that at it often spirals out of control to the point where it frustrates the viewer. You could well find yourself yelling at the screen – ‘WTF!’
The effects in this movie are pretty damn good and I also commend the direction, as along with the photography it’s obvious that they are of a high caliber.
One remaining positive from watching Grave Encounters 2 is it’s actually encouraged me want to rent or buy Grave Encounters, so on that point Happy Days!