Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Grave Encounters (2011)

That's an underground tunnel. A mile long. No exits.

Our Rating:


IMDb Rating: 6.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%

Duration: 95 minutes

Synopsis: Lance Preston and the crew of "Grave Encounters", a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside an abandoned mental asylum, reportedly haunted. All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera.
They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted - it is alive - and it has no intention of ever letting them leave.


Okay, this movie was scary. Terrifying even. Gradually, I've come to despise the found footage genre, but this one was just... wow.
The film's setup might've seemed long, but it's entertaining, giving us a funny glimpse into the world of all the 'Paranormal Investigation' shows that we have.

But then amusement swiftly descends into horror as they find themselves trapped. (Seriously though, who the hell agrees to lock themselves in a haunted asylum?  -_-)

The hospital used for shooting the movie is fucking creepy. Well most abandoned buildings are creepy, hospitals doubly so, but this is a goddamn mental asylum. So, yeah. Long dark corridors with empty, dark rooms on all sides, beds with restraints, gibberish on the walls- makes for a pretty picture, doesn't it?

I must say, the jump scares were horrifying, because the tension in the atmosphere isn't just for a few scenes, it's layered throughout the movie like an unwholesome, oppressive slime, building up throughout the movie. Very, very few of the flat, dull patches that you see so often in horror movies.

One of the few times that a movie is actually better than the trailer. Go ahead and watch it:

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