Grave Encounters (2011) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Grave Encounters (2011)

Grave Encounters (2011)

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  • Release Date:  2011
  • Genre:  Found Footage, Haunted House
  • Director:  The Vicious Brothers
  • Screenwriter:  The Vicious Brothers
  • Cast & Crew: Ben Wilkinson, Sean Rogerson, Ashleigh Gryzko, Merwin Mondesir, Juan Riedinger, Bob Rathie, and Michele Cummins.

Grave Encounters (2011) Rating:

  • Dylan = 7.5 / 10;
  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.1/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 4..9/10.

Grave Encounters (2011) Synopsis:

A TV show crew, specialized in the investigation of paranormal events, spends the night in a deserted asylum which is notorious for being haunted.

Grave Encounters (2011) Review:

The “found footage” way of shooting is increasingly popular nowadays for low- to medium-budget films because it allows a camouflage of a film’s defects while keeping the atmosphere credible, even with poor special effects. The first person view also tends to increase the fear factor.

Relying a lot on the success of early found footage such as The Blair Witch ProjectGrave Encounters is the perfect example (along with Paranormal Activity) of how to use this method to create a scary film with not much of a budget…and not many original ideas either. Indeed, the novelty is pretty much inexistent here, the film being the classic adaptation of the “haunted hospital” story (such as Session 9, Fragile or The Ward), only served at the found footage sauce. The film’s plot is totally predictable and not a single twist is here to surprise the audience.

This said this far from being a bad horror film, simply because it succeeds where so many fails, at being super creepy. The film is scary in so many ways: it has a slow-built super dark atmosphere, some really tense exploration scenes, ghosts appearing out of nowhere, lots of paranormal events. Most of the time the scary bits are predictable…but remain scary nevertheless.

In all of that, it is quite difficult to rate this uninspired but scary horror flick. If you’re in for the scare, then I would give it an 8, but if you’re in for the story, I would give it a 4. Because the rating policy of our website is: “How much fun is it for a modern viewer to watch this movie now?”, I would say really fun and I would thereby give the film a 6.5 out of 10.

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