Director: John Poliquin
Starring: Richard Harmon, Leanne Lapp, Sean Rogerson, Dylan Playfair, Stephanie Bennet
Fear is just a word. Reality is much worse.
Alex Wright is a film student with high hopes for his own future. He looks at himself as the next big horror director and is sure that he has what it takes to change the face of horror films. He has become obsessed with the found footage horror film Grave Encounters and he starts to investigate to find out if the events that happened on that film were in fact real.
He and his friends stops filming a horror film they have been working on and instead heads out to the mental hospital where the Grave Encounters film was made to investigate and find out if it really was all real or just a hoax.
The first Grave Encounters was a fun and at times scary film that used the found footage angle in a very nice way, so I was hopeful that this sequel would give us more of the same after being disappointed with other newer found footage films over the last year.
Sadly, this film was not scary but just very, very annoying. What worked in the first film was that it was the mental hospital itself that was spooky and provided the scares. Here the demons or ghosts are supposed to bring the scares and that didn’t work for me. With more demons on the screen it also made way for more terrible special effects. One of the most criticised aspect of the first one was the distorted faces of the ghosts, but I didn’t mind it too much since it was brief and they weren’t shown that much anyway. Here it seems like they embrace the poor effect and shows it again and again.
The worst thing for me when I’m watching a horror film is to wish death on the main characters after only a few minutes. The leading characters in this film are your worst college kid nightmares. How in the world did anyone expect viewers to care for these douchebags is beyond me and they ruined the movie for me before it even started. If they had at least been tolerable then perhaps you wouldn’t facepalm yourself when they decide to go to this mental hospital where they believe ghosts have killed other people. Just why in the world would anyone want to experience that?
I can understand the desire as a filmmaker to change things up instead of just repeating yourself, but honestly that’s exactly what they start to do when they arrive at the mental hospital. You know what is going to happen for most of the time since you have seen it before, just this time you wish that it happens quickly so that you can get rid of these characters. They do add a twist before the last half though, but by that time you couldn’t care less of what is happening on the screen.
Grave Encounters 2 is just awful and boring. It’s a total failure if you look past the commercial value since it looks like it has made money back already. I wouldn’t be surprised if we got another one to finish a trilogy, but I’m sure I would skip it. I can’t imagine people enjoying this film, sorry.