Sanatorium ( 2013 ) – The New Grave Encounters?


Sanatorium ( 2013 )

I always find it surprising that so many Found Footage horrors tend to stick to the same old tried and tested plan. The cinematography changes and the actors change but the ideas seem to stay in place for some reason.

Sanatorium is basically a new version of Grave Encounters with one small change – it takes place in a sanatorium not an asylum ( I have no idea what the difference is between the two! ).

It promised a lot…but did it deliver?

I’ve Seen This Before

I’ll be honest – if I wasn’t a huge fan of Found Footage flicks I probably wouldn’t have sat through the whole of this film. I’m not saying it’s a bad film, I just saying that it’s be done MANY times before now.

My early worries of this being a direct Grave Encounters rip off were reinforced within the first twenty minutes of the film.

The building looked the same, the guy that works as the ground’s caretaker seemed similar and the group of TV paranormal investigators lacked any sort of originality.

It was the same film minus the CGI.

The Plot

Well there’s really not that much of a plot to this film as it tends to stick to the same layout most ‘asylum based’ Found Footage horror’s follow. I ripped this blurb directly off the Putlocker site I watched this film on the other night and it goes like this…

“In 1955, a insane patient left his room, walking to the children’s ward. There he killed three children while they were asleep. Now, a group of paranormal investigators will go into the asylum where the killer’s ghost supposedly still lies”.

Not exactly gripping or original really is it?

The paranormal team set up their recording equipment in typical style as they test the night vision and mount wall cams here, there and everywhere.

We have a room inside the Sanatorium that is dedicated to all the PC’s and monitor equipment etc, etc.

The group itself is made up of a husband and wife team, two assistants and the typical joker of the pack that does not believe in the supernatural.

They wait until nightfall before splitting up into two groups and carrying out their investigation. Everything seems to be running pretty smoothly until two of the members catch the voice of a young girl through their ghost hunting equipment

The Need For Originality

This film was not a bad horror be any means but it reinforced the need for originality in a plot. If the audience has already seen Grave Encounters then they are going to be less than impressed by this effort.

It’s basically the same film without the budget or the pretty cool stretchy-faced demons. I kept on waiting for something original and ‘stand out’ to happen but it just didn’t come along – everything seemed to have been covered before!

The director, Brant Sersen, seems to have been happy enough to take his lead from several other Found Footage films and stick as closely to them as possible.


Well there’s really not so much I can say about this film without running the risk of repeating myself.

The actors were pretty good, the camera work and cinematography was up to standard and the script was pretty decent to.

The biggest let down for me was the lack of any sort of effects combined with the lack of originality.

I usually drone on a lot longer in my reviews but this film could probably have been covered in two paragraphs if I’m honest with you.

Not a bad effort but we’ve seen it all before – average due to lack of originality.



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