I am so pleased we finally got to do this Grave Encounters review as it gave me a legitimate reason to bunk off work and watch this awesome movie for a second time ( for the purposes of this review of course! ).
Not only that – it was the one time my girlfriend could not argue with me about watching horror in the middle of the day!
As you can probably tell from the first paragraph this is likely to be a reasonably positive Grave Encounters review. The main reason for this is that this film is my favorite found footage horror movie to date ( but that could change at any point in time due to the amount I watch! ).
When I first came across this film I had no idea it was shot in the found footage style. It looked a good horror flick judging by it’s cover and there were a few positive critic’s ratings floating around. If I’m honest when I found out it was found footage I was a little disappointed at first – I was in the mood for a ‘big screen’ horror and not something filmed through a camcorder.
About thirty minutes into the film my mood changed significantly and I was hooked to the screen – this was awesome!
The Grave Encounters Review
Grave Encounters follows the exploits of a film crew from one of those nasty little ghost reality shows. You know the ones – absolute bull***t that somehow gather a following of hapless idiots!
Initially I thought the actors and the acting itself was a little cheesy but it turns out to be on purpose – the director obviously has no time for these ghost programs himself! It’s humorous in the initial stages as you see the film crew desperately bribing people to say they have seen ghosts when on camera.
I should of mentioned this earlier in this Grave Encounters review but the whole film is based in an abandoned asylum. Yes I know, I know – not a bloody asylum again!!! But this is an altogether different experience to the $100 asylum shoots on YouTube.
Actors Worth Their Pay Packet
I have to make sure I give enough praise to the actors in this review as they are a much higher quality than the normal crowd involved in found footage ( don’t mean any offense but it is true! ).
Sean Rogerson plays Lance Preston who is the show’s leading man and producer and I thought he was excellent throughout. He seemed very shallow and demanding at first but once he noticed he was in the brown stuff his character developed a more serious side.
The crew also take a physic (Mackenzie Gray) into the asylum with them who turns out to be just as bent as the producer and film crew. You sort of sympathize with the characters once the ‘bad stuff’ starts happening because they had no belief in the paranormal to begin with – they were just con men out to film some decent footage!
Great Effects For a Handheld Camera Shoot
I think this was probably one of the first found footage films where I was genuinely impressed with the quality of the effects. The make up and the entities/activity was top notch really – very believable and frightening.
I’m not going to let this review descend into to much of a give away on what exactly happens but it’s down the same pathway as most of these films.
The activity and horror is very weak to begin with – a wheelchair moving about an inch and scraping sounds here and there. All of a sudden the female screams start and the cameras are pointing at the floor as our film crew ‘leg it’ from the pursuing nightmares!
I hope this review serves as a reminder to all you non-believers out there – found footage can be an incredibly enjoyable and frightening experience.
The first thirty minutes remind you of how boring found footage is and then you are quickly thrown into a nightmarish world of darkness and menace – nice!
As I mentioned above I could not wait to do a Grave Encounters review but I was not confident of doing it as a first post – I wanted the site to grow a bit first. If you are looking for a dark and claustrophobic horror movie that get’s you on the edge of your seat then this is definitely the film for you.
In my eyes a found footage great and certainly a horror classic! Have you seen the movie? do you agree with my review? Feel free to leave your opinion in the comment section below and I will respond as soon as I can……..