Grave Encounters was released in 2011 and had one of the most successful viral marketing campaigns ever. The trailer broke records with over 20 million views on YouTube and the movie became a cult hit. It was an original take on the found footage genre with a generous spoofing of ghost hunting shows thrown in for good measure. The directors, The Vicious Brothers, were innovative and creative in their low budget effects and crafted a fun ride of a horror movie. A sequel was inevitable so now a little over a year later we have Grave Encounters 2.
Alex Wright is a film student who is obsessed with the first Grave Encounters film. He sets out to make a film proving or disproving the events from Grave Encounters and along with a group of friends sets out to research the events and visit the real hospital depicted in the original film. Once at the hospital though, Alex finds himself face to face with a real evil force much more powerful than anything he could have imagined. Only his knowledge of the events in the first film might be able to save him from a terrible fate.
First off, I loved the original film. I thought it did a great job of taking the real ghost hunting shows down a notch, then creating an original, entertaining and often nerve racking horror film. Grave Encounters 2, while nowhere near as original or entertaining as the first film, is still a fun ride with a lot going for it. The effects are still inventive and the plot twists are well written and lots of fun. The only problem with Grave Encounters 2 for me is the first half of the film takes quite a while to get going. There is far too much time spent with Alex and his friends instead of diving into the good stuff. But once things get rolling, they take off like gangbusters. Grave Encounters 2 is definitely worth your time if you are a fan of this type of film.
The Blu-ray from Anchor Bay is very nice for a film of this budget. Nice clear picture and some great atmospheric surround make a fun experience in the home theatre, especially with a group of friends.
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