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Lance Preston and the crew of Grave Encounters, a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where unexplained phenomena has been reported for years. On a quest to expose the truth, the crew voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begins a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly find themselves lost in a labyrinth of endless hallways and corridors, terrorized by the ghosts of the former patients. Soon they realize that the building is more than just haunted. It s alive, and it has no intention of ever letting them leave.
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It s Paranormal Activity on steroids, and perhaps the bravest of the found footage genre, one that counts The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield among its best... One of the scariest, most memorable films of 2011. --NY Press
To say that GRAVE ENCOUNTERS is terrifying is a slight understatement. I'd say my breathing was short and shallow for about one hour straight. --Quiet Earth
Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, once you got out of the corniness, the movie really took you into the haunted bowels of the abandoned mental asylum. For the reminder of the time, the movie had me on edge to be honest right to the very end. Not many movies can do that to me but this one did. I highly recommend it for anyone fond of paranormal type movies without the gory, slasher details. Enjoy guys!
What sets GRAVE ENCOUNTERS apart is that the usually annoying jerky camera shots aren't overused and actually heighten the suspense. AND things actually HAPPEN instead of being covertly implied. This movie outshines the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchises or any of television's "reality" paranormal series.
Sean Rogerson (TV's HARPERS ISLAND) is quite effective as Lance Preston, the show's egocentric host.
Stylish and disturbing, GRAVE ENCOUNTERS sets a new standard in this genre's milieu.
The secret? Multiple cameras, decent actors, mostly likable characters, and a distinct style that steps away from enough of the usual horror trappings to be unique.
I won't spoil much of the story and scares to be had beyond what you can see in five-minutes but suffice it to say one of the films strengths comes from its setting, a group of paranormal investigators "investigating". Some people note the beginning of the film as a weakness but I disagree as I felt it built up the characters just enough to care, without being overly long. And at the same time provided the backdrop for giving us the many fixed cameras, and orienting ourselves with who was carrying which mobile camera so that when the action started we aren't confused. Additionally all these cameras mean that we rarely get the "shakey cam" the genre is so well known for. Eventually things go REALLY wrong and this is again to the films unique credit, unlike a movie like Paranormal Activity the bumps in the night only last about ten minutes in this film, then you're treated to a full-on paranormal experience filled with malice and terror.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The movie is like “The Blair Witch Project” (no offense to the makers of “The Blair Witch,” a film which I really still do like) but takes place in an abandoned psychiatric... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed this movie a lot more than I expected when it was on Netflix. The title makes it seem like a bargain bin movie, but it has a fun setup. interesting twists, and cool scares. Read morePublished 25 days ago by RJ
One of the scariest movies I have ever seen... The only scarier one is Grave Encounters 2Published 1 month ago by Sam Herkey
This is the best one yet!!! If you love horror and the unkown. Get this movie asap!!!!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
i used to explore abandoned hospitals with friends..illegally of course. We used to party at those places and spend the night.
Countless weird stories... Read more
I tried to like this movie. I usually don't mind the "found footage" genre. This is bad. Really bad. I want my money back bad. Read morePublished 1 month ago by N. Davis
when i first watched it, it scared the crap out of me. now that i have watched it again, not so much, but it is still an amazing moviePublished 2 months ago by the most amazing person