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Dull Set-Up, Slow Building Up, Pretty Good Second Half,
This review is from: Grave Encounters (DVD)
A "ghost hunter" Lance Preston (Sean Rogerson) and his reality TV show staff spend a night inside the deserted mental institute that was abandoned for more than fifty years ago after a bloody incident. They are to realize the folly too late, as they find themselves trapped inside the abandoned building.
Directed by the Vicious Brothers (actually Collin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz), "Grave Encounters" looks like a cross between "Paranormal Activity"-like so-called found-footage genre and a more orthodox "haunted house" horror film. The combination is not really a new idea, and the film spends too much time setting up the second half of it, where things get much better.
In the first half of the film, what you will see you have seen somewhere else in a more effective way. Some sequences are creepy, but not scary enough for avid fans of the genre, who would find the film's scares predictable. This is not to say the mocumentary horror film is totally unoriginal. There is one intriguing idea about the surreal condition the hapless film crew is in - they are literally trapped inside the disused hospital in a supernatural way.
This is when the film gets interesting. "Grave Encounters" is pretty entertaining if you can sit through the dull first half.