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Grave Encounters

6.11 h 29 min2011X-RayNR
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.
The Vicious Brothers
Sean RogersonJuan RiedingerAshleigh Gryzko
English [CC]
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Mackenzie Gray
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4.2 out of 5 stars

983 global ratings

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Mrs. HatterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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A lot of the camcorder/found-footage films I've seen have left a lot to be desired and mostly just had me hoping everyone would die as quickly as possible to get it over with, and I'm not the biggest fan of ghost-hunter style films either. So things weren't looking great! But my niece wanted to watch this, so I settled in ready to spend an hour and a half or so of not being scared, getting bored and praying for the inevitable deaths to come thick and fast but I was wrong.

This is actually a pretty decent horror film with genuinely scary/jumpy parts and although very cliche of course, the premise of the ghost hunting crew going into the abandoned asylum looking for trouble works well and there are some good twists and creative ideas thrown in to keep it interesting and keep its head just above the parapet of being too similar to all the terrible similar films I've seen before. The descent into madness is believable and sometimes unsettling and I also found myself actually rooting for certain characters and hoping others wold kick the bucket, which is usually a good sign that the film is engaging enough to have you care one way or the other.

Wonderfully horrible ending if a little rushed but I found myself wanting to watch the second one so if you like the genre I think you'll definitely like this film.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 January 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A surprisingly scary one!
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Grave Encounters isn't just a B-movie spoof of shows like Ghost Adventurers, but proves itself to be a creepy film with a genuinely scary feel and low-key approach to horror. It may appear like a budget flick but it had me and my friends shook, as the storyline (especially the characters' slow realisation of what's going and panic) resonates with viewers and really gets under your skin. The effects aren't amazing but if you can get past that it's an enjoying film, especially one to watch with your friends around a couple pizzas and some beers. That being said, and I don't want to ruin your expectations, I thought the ending and final events tainted the rest of the film's feel. Some of my friends didn't agree, so see for yourself! Definitely worth this watch.
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JeffReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 June 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ghost Adventures. I mean Grave Encounters.
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Brilliant and scary found footage film. At the beginning it is like a spoof of the popular show "Ghost Adventures" and Sean Rogerson does a great impression of Zak Bagins. It seems cheesy at first but as the group of ghost hunters enter the former mental asylum things get very eerie. It's more things than make you jump rather that scare you. Being a found footage film the camera does shake a lot. The acting is good and the ending is sickening. i would recommend to any horror fan that doesn't take things too seriously. it is not for the faint hearted.

Although the trailer online has over 20 million views, if you want more of a fright I wouldn't check it out until you have seen the film as it reveals a lot of the scary bits and you know what's coming. The DVD special feature is the making of.
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FallenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 October 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Derivative but still entertaining
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I gave this offering four stars because I liked it and it kept me reasonably entertained. There's no originality here; in fact for whole segments it was so similar to The Blair Witch Project in its depiction that it just seemed that that whole film had been lifted and transplanted into the cadaver of a psychiatric hospital setting with some cosmetic casting changes and back story.
It ups the ante on BWP though and does a good job of achieving a balance between unseen horrors of the ilk of 'bumps in the night' and moving furniture to the brief presence of an 'entity'
As a film in itself its quite nicely done and probably could have done without the whole tiresome found footage element and faux introduction at the start. I liked the idea of it being one of these obscure channel ghost hunting programmes and the lead guy was good in his willingness to fabricate initial interviews and footage in order to fool the gullible audience of his particular programme. It's creepy rather than scary, performances were of a good standard and after its initial scene setting it does fill the remaining half with quite a lot of watchable scenes.
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Leona S FisherReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 September 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I love a good found footage horror film and I have ...
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Grave Encounters is a 2011 Canadian supernatural horror film, shot 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.

I love a good found footage horror film and I have to say this film is by far the best one out there! The film starts out rather slow as they set the scene for their tv episode and interview the locals just as the tv shows such as Ghost Adventures do and then they finally enter the building and the scares begin! Prepare to jump a lot!!!! It's very scary. The storyline is also really engaging and keeps you hooked until the end.

If found footage horror interests you, or you're just looking for a good scary film this one is for you! There is a second movie but it's nothing compared to this movie.
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RattyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 June 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Competently made budget ghost movie but lacks impact.
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Better than I expected it to be. Saw a few minutes of it on the Horror Channel and was intrigued, but it was twenty minutes in so made a note of the tittle and went to bed. Few days latter order both films from Amazon; wasn't expecting much, what can you expect from low budget movies with little media interest. Anyway sat down to watch both back to back with a open mind. This one maintains a style through out and is a lost tape movie, Blare Witch style, only the camera work is far better, a lot is done on static monitor cameras. The beginning and middle are very believable, atmospheric and creepy much in the style of the classic haunted house movie and if it had carried on in that vain would have made an effective low budget movie. But they just couldn't resist going over the top with the escalation of the ghosts and it descended in to a parody of it's self with ghosts straight from the fairground ghost train. The ending leaves a lot to be desired; while watching I thought up three alternate endings that would have worked better, each been more interesting and more original. As a piece of entertainment it passes 90minutes and I will probably watch it again just not to soon. Oh if you happen to be someone who gets spooked watching this type of movie late at night then watch the extras, of how it was made, that totally defuses any lingering unease.
OzziealReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Found footage done properly
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This is another 'found footage' film following a group of ghost hunters who lock themselves in a deserted psychiatric hospital in the hope of finding some sort of supernatural contact. This one however is much better than you might expect - certainly one of the better found footage films of recent years. It begins with a clear introduction of the characters and builds tension through gradual reveals, but not always revealed to the characters. So the audience can see what happens while the characters are unaware. There is a clever plot trick which allows the ghosts to do much more than just haunt the institution, which really puts them in control (you'll need to watch for yourself). This makes the plight of the characters much more believable. Certainly worth a look.
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Tommy DooleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 July 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
TV Reality Show Gets More Than it bargained for in this Found Tape Fright Fest.
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I am the sort of person that normally does not get very moved by horror, I find slasher flicks quite boring and scream fests bordering on juvenile, however this film had the hairs on the back of my neck rising and I am well hairy so that is some feat.

It all starts off with a group of intrepid paranormal instigative journalists or TV rip off chancers as some would call them, having their tapes found by the TV Company. They are doing a pilot series called `Grave Encounters' where they investigate haunted places and film the lot using the latest in ghost spotting technology, including Geiger counters and ectoplasm sensitive cameras - yeah right. Well any hoo they are on episode six - `the haunted asylum'- where they are at a former mental hospital. This was a place where experimental medicine was carried out on the patients, including frontier lobotomies, institutionalised abuse, suicide and murder - bwaaah!

Led by naked self promotionalist, front man Lance Preston (Sean Rogerson) they pull out all the stops to ramp up the fright levels for the viewer, as Lance says `with slow motion and the right music behind it, everything is creepy'. So they go for a voluntary `lockdown' for eight hours on the building, the care taker will return at 6 am to let them out. They then rig up the building with cameras to take advantage of known `cold spots' to capture the other worldly goings on, then the bumps in the night begin and all of a sudden things aren't that funny anymore.

This is a first outing for writers and directors `The Vicious Brothers', and I must say boys you have made quite an entrance. I was genuinely cacking myself on more than one occasion and what is more impressive is that as these are supposed to be edited down `found tapes' there is no music to aid in ramping up the fear factor. As this is yet another `found tape', film, there will inevitably be comparisons to the likes of `Blair Witch Project', `Cloverfield' and even `Troll Hunter'. This though deserves recognition in its own right as adding to the genre rather than reinventing or stealing from it. We do have lots of different camera types which are used to great effect to maximise the atmosphere of fear.

It runs for an increasingly scary 92 minutes, but there is no filler here so not only is it about right in length, but it is one of those that almost feels much shorter. I am now awaiting the next offering from the brothers who actually are Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, and we won't have long as they are putting the finishing touches to the imaginatively named `Grave Encounters 2', which I wish them every success with - this is one to watch, but with the lights on.
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