Grave Encounters (2011)

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After taping just five episodes, the paranormal investigation show Grave Encounters is about to film at their scariest location yet: an abandoned psychiatric hospital.  The legend is, like most movies that use this location as a backdrop, that the head surgeon there use to experiment on the patients, killing dozens in the process, until the patients started a riot and killed a lot of the staff. The four person team, plus an actor portraying a psychic, plan on being locked in this place overnight to document any strange happenings, but will resort to faking things if need be.

Luckily for them the place really is haunted, and starts out slowly with doors opening and closing on their own, but things soon amp up and the sprits start to get aggressive; pushing and scratching the crew members.  Several of the crew go missing, only to be found later dressed as patients and batshit crazy.  They attempt to break down the front door, they only find a new hallway to go along with the endless other mazes within. Morning never comes and they are trapped there, in the dark, for days, as the ghosts torment them and kill them off one by one. Can the show’s host, and lone survivor, escape to tell the world that ghosts do exist?

Alex’s Thoughts:  This thing starts out really slowly, and I was sure I was going to be disappointed, and about a half hour in was already mad at Netflix for suggesting this and rating it so high. It didn’t take much longer after that, that things started going nuts, and it got really creepy real quick.  There are a lot of jump scares later in the film, and a few of them got me.  It ended up being one of those movies where so much awful stuff is happing you just want it to end, but it seems to drag on and forces you to be tormented along with the cast.  Some effects, while totally predictable, were pretty good, and overall it was well done for a low budget flick.  It isn’t perfect, but if you liked getting scared this one is for you. Alex Rates This Movie 8/10

Tim’s Thoughts:I was sure that this would be a run of the mill “Found Footage” movie, and I was pleasantly surprised. It starts off pretty typical, but once it escalates, it gets pretty good. Not all of the effects are great, but they get the job done. I think this will get the people who don’t think Paranormal Activity has enough punch, and will keep the fans of the “Found Footage” ghost story movies interested. Nothing revolutionary, but definitely fun, and worth a watch. Tim Rates This Movie 7/10

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