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Grave Encounters (2011)

 -  Horror  -  9 September 2011 (USA)
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For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true.

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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 have been reported for years. All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted - it is alive - and it has no intention of ever letting them leave. They find themselves lost in a labyrinth maze of endless hallways and corridors, terrorized by the ghosts of the former patients. They soon begin to question their own sanity, slipping deeper and deeper into the depths of madness, ultimately discovering the truth behind the hospital's dark past...and taping what turns out to be their final episode. Written by Producer

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They were searching for proof... they found it

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9 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Trivia

In Dr. Arthur Friedkin's room, there is a book on a table; the book is just one page of runes that is repeated. The runes in the book are an old script used by the Norse (Vikings). The runes can be translated directly into the English language, and the words clearly read out a parody of "I've learned" written by an unknown author. The parody reads as follows: "Steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades, and there had better be a lot of money to take its place. I've learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones who do. I've learned that we don't have to ditch friends because their dysfunction. They are more f**ked up than you think." See more »

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When, in the beginning of the movie they go with Kenny Sandavol into a room that has writing all over the walls. The writing is as crisp and clear as if it was done yesterday. It is stated that this hospital closed down in 1963. There is no way, even in the most pristine conditions, that the writing and the paint could look like that after 51 years! Especially in a room that has had no heat, A/C or any type of protection against cold and humidity. It would have only taken a year or two before the paint would have started badly peeling off the walls under those conditions. Yet, we are supposed to believe that the paint and the writing has been preserved so well fifty one years later. See more »

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T.C Gibson: [while in a bathroom, the door slams shut] What the fuck was that? Guys, cut the shit! I'm not fucking playing!
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The standard paragraph at the end of most credits stating that the movie is fictitious is altered to say: The Events, Characters, and images depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or (un)dead, or to actual events is purely coincidental. See more »

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A blend of Blair Witch and PActivity that stands its own ground
3 September 2011 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Did you ever sit up at night and enjoy telling ghost stories with your friends, relishing the opportunity to scare and to be scared? For me this film was one of our spooky tales come to glorious cinematic life.

I deliberately avoided looking at it on IMDb or elsewhere so that I had little idea of what to expect. Im so glad I did that! Often whilst watching it, my body shivered with spooky nervousness - Basic currency in a film of this style.

There's obviously a few very tried and tested elements which you might expect to lend an unoriginal vibe. For example, the shaky camcorder thing! In this case, for me it worked as the film took its time at the beginning to set up its own distinctive character; in the history of the Collingwood hospital and the premise of it being based on a ghost - hunting show.

The characters are for the most part versatile and believable, bar a few glaring and distracting exceptions (don't want to spoil anything so I won't elaborate too much), but basically some of the ghostly happenings seemed to evoke inconsistent responses from one part to the next.

Also, somewhere in the second half of the movie, it lost its patience with building up tension effectively. This was a real shame, as there were moments of visceral and aesthetic terror by the plenty that were quite spoiled by this.

This was the other big downer, that the film overplayed the hand of the raw and jerky visual. There were scenes about 3/4 of the way through that would have been much better right at the end. Indeed, in the last ten minutes I had lost interest and was clock watching. I knew the film had lost its fear laden inertia and I had no more moments of cold skin.

What countered this negative throughout was that the film does not just rely on the expectancy and appearance of 'entities' to generate its scares. As is stated in the synopsis, the building itself seems to have life and vengeful attitude. This creates a constant, yet subtler, edge of fear that compliments brilliantly to the more explosive aspects.

This film scared the wits out of me and thats no easy feat. In my humble opinion this film stands a fair bit taller than Paranormal Activity. If you enjoy horror films; do yourself a favour and make a good space and time to watch this film in. Genuine terror provocation seems to be becoming an undervalued art in modern horror, relying more on gore and idiosyncrasy. This film delivers the terror buzz authentically and with energy. Watch it!!


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