Grave Encounters is a Canadian-American horror movie released in 2011. It is the prequel of movie Grave Encounters 2 . This film is shot in the found footage style, which has become a common style for horror movies. At the very beginning of the movie, a producer is seen telling it a real footage, but before and after that, nowhere in the movie it claims to be a true story (which it isn't). Grave Encounters is Written and directed by The Vicious Brothers (Collin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz) and starred by Sean Rogerson, Ashleigh Gryzko, Juan Riedinger, Merwin Mondesir and Mackenzie Gray.
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At the beginning of Grave Encounters, a TV producer tells the story behind this 'found footage' and explains why the TV show 'Grave Encounters' has stopped. Then he starts playing the footage.
When the footage (the actual movie) starts to play, we see a group of artists are visiting a abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital where several unusual events have been reported. This group runs a TV show named 'Grave Encounters', where they visit and report about different haunted places. At first, they visit the whole premise in daylight and interview several people (including the caretaker of that hospital) who have experienced unusual happenings there. They even bribe a gardener to say that he has seen a ghost and they brings a fake specialist to make the show more realistic.
As the dawn appears, they set up and show their equipment and the caretaker locks them in. They are prepared to spend the night in that hospital. But soon after the night falls, they start seeing and recording paranormal events themselves. Being terrified, they plan to leave the premise. When they finally manage to open the main exit door, they find the exit has been replaced by a set of corridors. At the end of that corridor, there is another. The building is changing to keep the inside it. After a few attempts, they find there is no exit from the building and time seems to be stopped for them. From inside the building, the outside is night, which was supposed to be daytime according to the clock of their cell phone.
They find themselves totally stuck in the hospital and the evil ghosts there starts to kill them one by one.
My Reviews about Grave Encounters:
First of all, I'll mark Grave Encounters as a very average horror movie.
These found footage style movies are getting boring, where, most of them are horror films. Although there are still several pretty good movie made in this style like Crowsnest, but 'Grave Encounters' is not one of them.
What is unusual in Grave Encounters is, there are lot of scenes where the ghost has appeared in the camera, which we don't see much in these movies. In these type of shooting, the director has the liberty to skip showing the direct face of the ghost but still can make a pretty scary environment. But in Grave Encounters, I believe, the directors has failed to take this advantage and thus, has reduces the appeal of the movie. These movies also can create a scary ambient by keeping the viewers in waiting, like they did in 'Paranormal Activities' but from that point of view, Grave Encounters has also failed. There are very few scenes where the viewers will wait for something scary, so I feel it like too much movement.
The acting and dialogues are average, nothing special.
The special effects of Grave Encounters are also okay. The faces of the ghost, the hands coming out of the walls, the levitating beds etc are okay and may or may not give you a chill. But as I said, I felt like some of them were completely unnecessary, the director had the chance to make the same scary environment without all those special effects. Sound effects are also just okay, nothing extraordinary.
I didn't like the plot of Grave Encounters very much. The director had to show why they could not get out of the building, but I'd just like it if they had showed it in a more realistic way, like the one shown in '100 Ghost Street'.
A building changing itself (with all the walls and everything) to keep them trapped inside is too much for my imagination, even for a horror movie. Same thing goes with the time-stopping trick.
Same goes for the ending. In Grave Encounters, it was pretty predictable, usually what we are used to see in all horror movies.
Okay, final words, the goal of horror movie is to make you scared. And Grave Encounters has done a not-so-bad job for it. Yes, at some point, it may make you scared. I won't call it extraordinary or a must see, but on the other hand, how many good horror movies have we got to enjoy? So comparing with other horror films, I guess you may give Grave Encounters a try, at least it won't disappoint you.
Why not tell me about how much did you like this movie?
For those who are interested:
IMDB link: Grave Encounters IMDB
Wikipedia link: Grave Encounters Wiki
You can find my review of the sequel of this movie, Grave Encounters 2 here: Grave Encounters 2 Review
To buy or rent this movie on Amazon, click here: Grave Encounters Movie
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Tribeca Film Festival
June 1, 2011
Grave Encounters is a 2011 Canadian-American allegedly true story supernatural horror film, shot in the found footage style. The footage follows the crew of a paranormal reality television program who lock themselves in a haunted psychiatric hospital in search of evidence of paranormal activity as they shoot what ends up becoming their final episode. Written and directed by The Vicious Brothers (Collin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz), the footage premiered on April 22, 2011 at the Tribeca Film Festival and received mostly mixed reviews. The film was released on August 25, 2011 in select theaters using the Eventful Demand It and Video On Demand via Comcast. The footage premiered internationally in Italy via distributor Eagle Pictures under the title ESP Fenomeni Paranormali on June 1, 2011. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film has received a cult following and spawned a sequel in 2012. This movie is taken in a real life like scenario, but is mostly fictional. The name of the hospital is based on Riverview Hospital, a mental institute in Coquitlam, British Columbia, where the hospital still operates.
The film begins with the producer of Grave Encounters explaining to the public as to why "Grave Encounters", a famous tv show, suddenly got cancelled, via found video footage. The footage shows the crew of Grave Encounters — composed of Lance Preston, occult specialist Sasha Parker, technical expert Matt White, cameraman T. C. Gibson, and guest-starring psychic medium Houston Grey - preparing to investigate the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital where unexplained phenomena has been reported for years. They receive a tour of Collingwood and its underground tunnels and also learn about Collingwood's history, including a physician named Arthur Friedkin, who performed unethical experiments and lobotomies on the hospital patients before being killed by escaped patients; Friedkin was never arrested for his actions due to lack of evidence of the accusations. The crew voluntarily lock themselves inside Collingwood for the night (The caretaker chains the main entrance from the outside) and begin their investigation, setting up camp in the hospital lobby near the entrance. Lance and his crew try to establish contact with the unseen entities responsible, and although they are initially unsuccessful, they are eventually tormented by hauntings, which become increasingly hostile. With half an hour left before the hospital caretaker comes to unlock the front doors, the crew starts packing. Matt goes to retrieve the cameras, but disappears. The others spend the next several hours looking for Matt, with the caretaker not arriving. Desperate, they knock down the front doors to escape, only to discover it leads to another corridor, as do several other "exit" doors they find. They notice that it is still night outside when it should be daylight. They spend the day sleeping, and find that their food is infested with fully grown maggots. After searching for more exits and trying to escape to the roof, the stairwell mysteriously ends with a solid wall blocking the entrance to the top floor. They hear screaming and run towards it, thinking it is Matt. They enter a room with a metal bed frame, which moves and then levitates. Soon after, they document Sasha's back, which now has a disturbing message carved into it saying "hello." The crew continues searching for both Matt and an exit when they encounter a girl whose face contorts demonically. The crew flees in fear, but Houston is separated from the others and later violently assaulted by an unseen force, killing him. While resting, the others find hospital tags bearing their names on their wrists. They eventually find Matt, who is wearing a hospital gown and has been driven insane, mumbling nonsense about his apparent psychological disorder, and explaining that the only way for them to escape is for them to "get better" at the hands of the hospital's unseen residents. The crew continues to be chased through the hospital by several apparitions. T. C. is pulled into a bathtub filled with blood by a ghost while trying to save Matt and disappears, while Matt kills himself by jumping off an elevator shaft to his death as Lance and Sasha are attacked by a tongueless demon. Lance and Sasha enter the tunnels in search of another exit where Sasha, who has become violently ill, disappears in a mist that appears while she and Lance sleep. Terrified and insane, Lance continues through the tunnels alone, surviving by killing and eating rats, until he finds a door leading to Friedkin's operating room that contains an altar and pentagram for a demonic ritual, showing that Friedkin had used black magic for medical practice.
He turns to see the apparitions of Friedkin and several nurses, who drag a screaming Lance onto their operating table. The camera blanks out for a moment before showing a lobotomized Lance, who says he is now "better" and allowed to go home, and gives a few parting words to the audience before the screen cuts to blue.
Sean Rogerson as Lance Preston
Ashleigh Gryzko as Sasha Parker
Juan Riedinger as Matt White
Merwin Mondesir as T. C. Gibson
Mackenzie Gray as Houston Grey
Arthur Corber as Dr. Arthur Friedkin
Bob Rathie as the Caretaker
Matthew K McBride as Spiritual Force
Ben Wilkinson as Jerry Hartfield
Alex Timmer as the Tongueless Demon
Michele Cummins as the Bathtub Demon
Grave Encounters was filmed in Riverview Hospital, which has been the location for a lot of other television and film based productions, and released on October 18, 2011 on DVD. The film came out for full digital download on iTunes on December 19, 2011.
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Jerry Hartfield, the producer of Grave Encounters, a famous ghost investigation television series, explains that Grave Encounters was cancelled in 2003 after the fifth episode, when the cast and crew, along with the footage for episode six, mysteriously went missing. The footage was finally recovered in 2010 and brought to Hartfield. In it, the show's host Lance Preston, along with occult specialist Sasha Parker, surveillance operator Matt White, cameraman T.C. Gibson, and fake medium Houston Grey, investigate the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where many instances of paranormal activity have been reported since its closure.
After taking a tour of the hospital, the crew begin an overnight surveillance campaign while locking themselves inside. At first, everything is quiet, but soon, strange phenomena begin to occur, such as odd noises, doors automatically slamming shut, and (unseen to anyone but the audience) a wheelchair moving on its own. After recording a haunting where an invisible entity moves Sasha's hair, the group decides to finish their filming and wait for 7 AM when the caretaker will let them out.
However, Matt disappears while retrieving the wall cameras, and the crew is unable to radio him. Now becoming uneasy and with the caretaker nowhere to be seen, the crew eventually attempt to break down the exit doors, only to discover that the exit mysteriously loops back into another hallway, and they have no way of leaving the building. Lance soon realizes that the sun has not risen, and it is still night outside, despite their cellphone clocks showing that it is well past mid-morning.
The group attempts to find an alternate exit, including a fire escape from the roof that T.C had seen while filming the exterior, but to no avail, as the building seemingly changes around them, creating dead ends and false exits. While the group is sleeping again, someone scratches the word "HELLO" into Sasha's back. After the group encounters a young woman in a hospital gown whose face demonically distorts, Houston is separated and killed by an invisible force while stumbling around in the dark. His death is recorded by one of the wall cameras. While resting, the remaining crew awakens, only to discover that they have somehow been fitted with hospital identification bracelets.
Lance, Sasha, and T.C. eventually find Matt in a room, wearing a hospital gown and mentally unstable. As the group leaves the room, T.C. tries to bring Matt with them, but is attacked by a demonic being who drags him into a blood-filled bathtub in which they both disappear. With Matt in tow, Lance and Sasha find an elevator, and Lance goes alone to find something to wedge to elevator door open. After taking a pipe from an old hospital gurney he encounters a demonic patient. Lance panics, flees to the elevator, and pries the elevator door open. He is then attacked by the patient, but Sasha rescues him.
Meanwhile, Matt commits suicide by jumping down the elevator shaft. After climbing down a ladder in the shaft to the underground tunnels of the hospital, Sasha becomes violently ill and starts coughing up blood. The two stop to rest, and while they sleep, Sasha is covered by a strange mist and disappears. Lance alone wanders down the seemingly endless corridors as his mental health spirals downward, feeding on rats to survive.
Eventually, Lance encounters a door that appears seemingly out of nowhere, which leads to the secret operating room of Dr. Arthur Friedkin, who had performed unethical experiments on Collingwood's patients. There, he finds evidence of satanic rituals and black magic being performed on the patients. Lance then discovers a small sacrificial altar on the floor, after which he is attacked by Friedkin, who drags him away as he screams, before the camera cuts out. The camera is turned back on, showing Lance alive, though his eye is bleeding from a lobotomy done by Friedkin. He states to the camera, "He said I'm all better now...I can finally go home. For Grave Encounters...Lance Preston signing off." The screen then cuts to black.
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Grave Encounters is one of my favorite horror movies, it's not really scary and the second one wasn't the best in my opinion, but the first one was great! Definitely worth a watch if you haven't seen it, it's pretty enjoyable and one of my guilty pleasure movies.
Jerry Hartfield, the producer of Grave Encounters, a famous ghost investigation television series, explains that Grave Encounters was cancelled in 2003 after the fifth episode, when the cast and crew, along with the footage for episode six, mysteriously went missing. The footage was finally recovered in 2010 and brought to Hartfield. In it, the show's host Lance Preston, along with occult specialist Sasha Parker, surveillance operator Matt White, cameraman T.C. Gibson, and fake medium Houston Grey, investigate the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where many instances ofparanormal activity have been reported since its closure.
After taking a tour of the hospital, the crew begin an overnight surveillance campaign while locking themselves inside. At first, everything is quiet, but soon, strange phenomena begin to occur, such as odd noises, doors automatically slamming shut, and a wheelchair moving on its own. Later, Matt goes missing while retrieving the surveillance cameras. As the team searches for him, T.C. is suddenly pushed from the stairs and injured. The next morning, the group realizes they are unable to leave the hospital. While the group is sleeping again, someone scratches the word "HELLO" into Sasha's back. After the group encounters a young woman in a hospital gown whose face demonically distorts, Houston is separated and killed by an invisible force.
Lance, Sasha, and T.C. eventually find Matt in a room, wearing a hospital gown and mentally unstable. As the group leaves the room, T.C. tries to bring Matt with them, but is attacked by a demonic being who drags him into a blood-filled bathtub in which they both disappear. With Matt in tow, Lance and Sasha find an elevator, and Lance goes alone to find something to wedge to elevator door open. After taking a pipe from an old hospital gurney he encounters a demonic patient. Lance panics, flees to the elevator, and pries the elevator door open. He is then attacked by the patient, but Sasha rescues him. Meanwhile, Matt commits suicide by jumping down the elevator shaft. After climbing down a ladder in the shaft to the lower halls, Sasha becomes violently ill and starts coughing up blood. The two stop to rest, and while they sleep, Sasha disappears in a rolling mist. Lance alone wanders down the seemingly endless corridors as his mental health spirals downward.
Eventually, Lance encounters a door that appears seemingly out of nowhere, which leads to the secret operating room of Dr. Arthur Friedkin, who had performed unethical experiments on Collingwood's patients. There, he finds evidence of satanic rituals and black magic being performed on the patients. Lance then discovers a small sacrificial altar on the floor, after which he is attacked by Friedkin, who drags him away as he screams, before the camera cuts out. The camera is turned back on, showing Lance alive, though his eye is bleeding from a lobotomy done by Friedkin. He states to the camera, "He said I'm all better now... I can finally go home. For Grave Encounters... Lance Preston signing off." The screen then cuts to black.
Grave Encounters 2
Film student Alex Wright and his friends Jennifer Parker, Trevor Thompson, Tessa Hamill, and Jared Lee all decide to produce a documentary about the original Grave Encounters movie, which the entire public aside from Alex believes to be fake. Alex posts an online plea for any information about the film and receives a message from someone named "DeathAwaits6". The message leads him to the mother of Sean Rogerson, the actor who played Lance inGrave Encounters. She believes that Sean is still alive but they discover that she has severe dementia.
Alex realizes the cast from the first movie are all missing or have died. He receives a mysterious message leading him to the producer of the original film, who confesses that the film was actual found footage. Discovering that the Collingwood Mental Hospital from the movie is actually an abandoned asylum in Canada, Alex and his friends travel to there to meet DeathAwaits6, where they discover an Ouija board. Using it to communicate with spirits, they realize that their online contact is not a person, but a paranormal entity, which turns violent and forces the group to flee. Alex decides the group should leave but not until they gather all the cameras.
The group unsuccessfully tries to escape, resulting in the deaths of Jared and Tessa. The survivors also witness the death of the asylum's security guard by electrocution. While fleeing from one of the spirits, the group is taken to the tunnels beneath the hospital. There, they meet the actor Sean Rogerson and discover that he has been trapped inside for over nine years, lobotomized and driven insane. Rogerson explains that the reason the hospital is like this is due to Dr. Arthur Friedkin's satanic experiments and rituals. He then shows them a red door in one of the rooms and tells them it is the only way out, but it is wrapped in chains. While the group sleeps for the night, Rogerson kills Trevor, then steals the team's equipment to cut the chains on the red door. He goes through it, only to realize the door leads nowhere. In a mental frenzy, he begins talking to the entities, who instruct Rogerson to continue killing.
Having woken up and realizing Rogerson and their equipment are missing, Alex and Jennifer explore and stumble upon Friedkin's satanic altar as he performs a lobotomy, then the sacrifice of an infant. The couple flees and encounter Rogerson, who demands them to hand over their tapes. Alex refuses and Rogerson tries to kill him. During the struggle, a void opens up on the wall and sucks Rogerson in. Realizing that Rogerson was being honest in how to escape, Alex kills Jennifer. He then exits the hospital through the red door, which leads him to the outskirts of Los Angeles. He is soon arrested while walking down the street at night. The last scene shows that the footage has been made into a film, with Alex and producer Jerry Hartfield claiming that everything the public sees has been staged and that it is "just a movie". However, Alex tells the interviewers not to go anywhere near the hospital because "it's not worth it".
The film ends, cutting to a black screen with the numbers "49, 14, 122, 48" appearing on screen for a split second, which, if Google searched, comes up as Riverview Hospital (Coquitlam), the hospital where the movie was filmed.
Grave Encounters: The Beginning
Grave Encounters 3: The Beginning was announced in early May, but nothing has been heard from the franchise that follows ghost hunters exploring an extremely violent and tricky abandoned mental asylum since then. Often times in Hollywood, especially when dealing with a straight-to-DVD series, projects end up sitting on production shelves for a number of reasons. Luckily, the incredibly talented Vicious Brothers – Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz -are pressing forward with the latest movie that may show just how things got so bad at Collingwood Mental Hospital.
The announcement came through Facebook last night, which seems to be the typical venue for Vicious Brothers and Grave Encounters news.
The announcement was short and sweet:
Now that the script of Grave Encounters 3: The Beginning has been completed, or is at least nearing the end of completion, it shouldn’t be long until the film gathers a budget, a cast and heads into production. This shouldn’t be particularly difficult since the entries in this found footage franchise have always made back their production budget 3x over. Will we finally get a new sequel in 2016?
While I didn’t really enjoy Grave Encounters 2 in 2012, 2011’s original spawn Grave Encounters is one of my favorite movies and is the film I hold as a standard for all supernatural found footage features. I hope that the Vicious Brothers are able to re-capture the magic of the first film and really make #3 a hit both financially AND critically.
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|Box office||$5.4 million|
Grave Encounters is a 2011 Canadian found-footagesupernatural horror film written, directed and edited by the Vicious Brothers. It stars Sean Rogerson, Ashleigh Gryzko, Merwin Mondesir, Mackenzie Gray, and Juan Riedinger as the crew of a paranormalrealitytelevision program who lock themselves in a supposedly haunted psychiatric hospital in search of evidence of paranormal activity, as they shoot what ends up becoming their final episode.
Grave Encounters premiered on April 22, 2011 at the Tribeca Film Festival. Prior to its premiere, its trailer went viral online, generating over 30 million views. The film had a limited theatrical run in select theaters in the United States, and was released on video-on-demand on August 25, 2011. Two months prior, the film had its Italian premiere via distributor Eagle Pictures under the title ESP Fenomeni Paranormali.
Despite receiving mixed reviews, the film was a box office success, spawning a sequel in 2012, and has attained a cult following since its release.
Jerry Hartfield is the producer of Grave Encounters, a paranormal reality television program directed by ghost hunter Lance Preston. Hartfield explains that the show was cancelled after five episodes following the disappearance of its crew, and presents raw scenes from recovered footage of the sixth and final episode. The Grave Encounters crew consists of Lance, occult specialist Sasha Parker, surveillance operator Matt White, cameraman T.C. Gibson, and fake medium Houston Grey. The crew is invited to examine the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where unexplained phenomena have been reported for years. Kenny, the hospital's caretaker, takes the crew on a day tour and informs them of the hospital's history, particularly of a doctor named Arthur Friedkin, who performed unethical experiments and lobotomies on the hospital's patients before being killed by them.
The crew lock themselves inside the hospital for the night and begin their investigation, setting up camp near the main entrance and positioning static cameras throughout the building. No paranormal activity seems to occur within the first few hours until T.C. captures a door slamming behind him. The crew attempts to establish contact with any entities that might be in the hospital; they soon hear unexplained sounds, and Sasha's hair appears to be lifted into the air by an unseen force. They return downstairs to pack in preparation for Kenny's return. Matt sets out alone to retrieve the static cameras. Before Matt can retrieve the last camera, a loud banging noise grabs Matt's attention and he walks off to investigate it.
When neither Matt nor Kenny returns, the crew forces the front doors open but discover that it leads to another hallway. They aimlessly walk the hallways and realize that despite their clocks saying it's dawn, it is still dark outside. The crew return to the lobby and sleep but are awoken when the construction light they set up falls forward and breaks. T.C. tells Lance that there is a fire escape on the roof and they head off to find a stair well with rooftop access. They are successful but find that the stairs are blocked off by a randomly built wall blocking their escape.
They decide to back track and while looking at a map on the wall, the arrows on their compass spin in random directions. The group hear what sounds like Matt screaming and run through the halls hoping to find him. Once they find the room where they heard Matt's screams, they encounter a metal bed frame that levitates into the air and they run in terror. The crew stops to rest and when they wake up, they find the word "HELLO" scratched onto Sasha's back. They once again go looking for Matt after hearing his voice on the walkie-talkie. The group comes across a woman in a hospital gown and when they catch up with her, her face distorts grotesquely. They flee from the entity in fear, and Houston is separated from the other crew members. Houston wanders the halls in the darkness and is then lifted into the air and choked before a bright light bursts from the end of the hallway which sends Houston flying and kills him. After hiding in a room for several hours, Lance, Sasha, and T.C. discover that they have been fitted with hospital identification bracelets bearing their names. The trio roam the halls again and a arm smashes through the window on a door and grabs Sasha. Lance frees her and they run down the hallways. While Lance comforts Sasha, T.C. yells at them to come into a room which Matt is sitting in. Matt, wearing a hospital gown and now insane, mumbles incoherently and claims that they can leave the building once they are "better".
The four rest inside a room and when they wake up, several hands are reaching through the ceiling and walls. The group flee into a room full of bathtubs and find Matt staring down at a bathtub full of blood. T.C. attempts to pull Matt away from the tub, but a figure emerges from the blood and drags T.C. into it. Sasha and Lance tip the tub over but T.C. is not inside it which causes Sasha and Matt to become hysterical. Lance finds an elevator but struggles to pull the doors open. He leaves Sasha and Matt behind to look for something to pry open the doors. Lance yanks a rod off of a hospital cart and notices a bloody severed tongue in the corner of the room. Lance then sees a ghostly figure huddled up in the corner of the ceiling which chases after him. Lance makes it back to Sasha and Matt and successfully prys open the elevator doors. He hears the figure making its way to them, so Lance and Sasha keep the entity at bay by keeping the door closed. While the two are busy, Matt leans forward and plunges several feet down the elevator shaft, killing himself.
Lance and Sasha enter the tunnels beneath the building in search of an exit. Sasha falls ill and begins to cough up blood violently. The two stop to sleep and Sasha is abducted by a mist. Lance, now all by himself, wanders the tunnels for several hours. An increasingly unstable Lance wanders the tunnels alone and feeds on live rats to survive. Lance passes out and after waking up, finds a door leading into Friedkin's operating room, which contains evidence of occult rituals and graphic photos of his operations. He sees apparitions of Friedkin and several nurses, and is dragged away from his camera. A lobotomized Lance records himself proclaiming that he is cured and allowed to leave.
- Sean Rogerson as Lance Preston
- Ashleigh Gryzko as Sasha Parker
- Merwin Mondesir as T.C. Gibson
- Mackenzie Gray as Houston Grey
- Fred Keating as Gary Crawford
- Juan Riedinger as Matt White
- Arthur Corber as Dr. Arthur Friedkin
- Bob Rathie as Kenny Sandavol (Caretaker)
- Matthew K. McBride as Spiritual Force
- Ben Wilkinson as Jerry Hartfield
- Alex Timmer as The Tongueless Demon
- Eva Gifford as Demon Girl
- Michele Cummins as Bathtub Demon
- Shawn Macdonald as Morgan Turner
- Max Train as Punk Guy
- Marita Eason as Punk Girl
Grave Encounters was produced in collaboration with American Express, Digital Interference, Twin Engine Films and Darclight.
"[...] it's always a question with a found-footage movie of 'why are they filming to begin with?' And it just seemed like a perfect thing because obviously if it's a TV crew that's trying to capture ghost-like activity that's actually happening, they're gonna want to keep rolling and keep shooting even when things can get kinda bad. So it's just a perfect concept."
– Stuart Ortiz on using a paranormal reality show as a basis for a found-footage horror film
The film was written and directed by the Vicious Brothers, Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz. The pair sought to create a project in the horror genre, and in order to maintain a low budget, decided to utilise "the mockumentary format" at a time when found-footage horror films such as 2007's Paranormal Activity were achieving commercial success. According to Minihan, he and Ortiz wondered, "why has no one made a fucking found-footage film out of these ghost-hunting shows?"
Minihan and Ortiz wrote a script for the film roughly 85 pages in length, though they allowed the members of the cast to improvise during filming.
Grave Encounters was filmed in Riverview Hospital, a mental institute in Coquitlam, British Columbia; the hospital has served as a location for a number of other television and film productions.
A number of visual effects in the film were accomplished using computer-generated imagery (CGI). One sequence, in which a character is thrown across a room, was initially filmed as a practical effect using a stunt performer. Upon reviewing the footage of the stunt performer being "thrown", Minihan and Ortiz were dissatisfied with the result; they then asked the performer to run, jump, and fall to the ground several times, and completed the final effect in post-production.
A teaser trailer for the film was first uploaded to YouTube in December 2010. The trailer went viral, garnering over 1.5 million views in three months. The film's distribution rights were acquired by Tribeca Film.
Grave Encounters premiered on April 22, 2011 at the Tribeca Film Festival. It had its Italian premiere on June 1, 2011 via distributor Eagle Pictures, under the title ESP Fenomeni Paranormali. The film was released in the United States on August 25, 2011 in select theaters using the Eventful Demand It and video on demand via Comcast.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 67% based on 15 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 5.47/10. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 33 out of 100, based on four reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
In her review of the film for The New York Times, Jeannette Catsoulis wrote: "Following in the stampeding footsteps of The Blair Witch Project and the Paranormal Activity franchise, the filmmakers seem unaware that they're beating a dead horse." Mike Hale, also writing for The New York Times, felt that the film's "claustrophobic, infrared images, supposedly taken from the tapes of a TV crew that spent the night in a mental hospital, offer some real scares, though the movie starts to feel long and repetitious before its 92 minutes are over." Nick Schager of Slant Magazine gave the film a score of one-and-a-half out of four stars, writing that it "can't even pretend to be anything other than hopelessly derivative." Aaron Hillis, in a negative review of the film for The Village Voice, concluded: "Windows quietly open, wheelchairs roll, faces contort into cheesy CGI ghouls, and 'digital artifacts' cover up the low-budget seams. But true terror needs at least some authenticity. That's perhaps too much to ask of a faked movie about a faked reality show that still can't scare up a fresh idea."
Conversely, Jon Reiss of the New York Press called Grave Encounters the "scariest film since The Ring". Dennis Harvey, in his review of the film for Variety, wrote that its "creepiness factor is sufficient to rate this a notch above genre average".Vox's Dylan Scott recommended the film, writing that it "effectively spoof[s] those ghost hunter shows that were briefly a hot trend, while still building toward a genuinely suspenseful second half." Meagan Navarro, in a positive review of the film for Bloody Disgusting, wrote that "the filmmakers toss subtlety out the window in favor of fun, in your face chills that stick their landing." Felicity Burton of Scream magazine wrote that, had the film "kept to the subtle scares, and dumped the CGI ghosts, it would have been a lot better", but concluded: "If you still haven't had your fill of found footage films, it's definitely worth a watch."
A sequel titled Grave Encounters 2, written by the Vicious Brothers and directed by John Poliquin, was released on October 2, 2012. On May 2015, the Vicious Brothers announced plans for a third installment, entitled Grave Encounters 3: The Beginning.
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