Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance.
An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them.
After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.
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
The director set out to differentiate Grave Encounters from other iconic found-footage films such as Blair Witch Project by being less subtle with the demons. He wanted the demons to "visibly run at you", rather than just move objects and slam doors. See more »
At the very beginning of the movie, we see a summary of the episode of 'Grave Encounters'. But, at the end of the first sentence, the word Asylum is spelled wrong. The so-called episode is called: The Haunted Asyulm. See more »
[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 »
Invest Your Very Being In This Haunted Asylum Shocker!
Grave Encounters, brought to us by the young Vicious Brothers, is not the pinnacle of Haunted House Horror. Neither is it pushing any new boundaries in that particular sub-genre, but does it need to? Here's a film made expressly for those that are prepared to invest completely in the viewing experience, to do as my lady partner and I did, turn off all the main lights, light a couple of candles for ambiance, switch the phone off and turn the volume up on the TV. Scene set, helps, too, that my lady is like a cat on a hot tin roof with a film like this, puts me on edge, love it, in fact we both love this sub-genre, it's our favourite. Gore and torture bores me, I want things that go bump in the night and things that suddenly jump out and make me jump. Grave Encounters does this exceptionally well; but I invested fully, I'm not over analysing it or sitting there comparing it to films released previously, and I'm certainly not one of those who deliberately sits there determined not to be scared. And yes! There are many out there who do that, a test of toughness maybe?
Grave Encounters has problems, without a doubt. As with many other films of the type, dumb decisions are made by characters, one particular character is actually too over the top during the preliminary set-up, and a couple of scenes involving hands and a rat are badly placed within. However, it's a pant soiler because it's great at the scare tactics, is deftly paced by the Vicious boys and unfurled in the atmospherically perfect setting of a Mental Asylum. As characters wander off into darkened corridors or peer off into the gloom, if you are invested fully you will feel the dread, your body slowly sinking in your set, your nails ripe for chewing. Or are you someone sitting there with arms folded fully expecting a jolt? Or maybe humming a tune in your head so as to make sure the mood isn't right? If you are expecting something new in this field of horror, you are always going to be disappointed.
Session 9, a brilliant and intelligent movie from 2001, went the other way, set in an Asylum it chose psychological scares and atmospherics instead of boo jumps, yet looking at reviews and message boards for that one you see many moaning about boredom. Recently Insidious and The Woman In Black, the former tried to bring a new astral aspect to the formula and got slated for it, the latter kept it traditional and got accused of bringing nothing new to the table! Maybe, just maybe, these films are better left to Haunted House fans who are willing to invest their being into the experience? Only then can Grave Encounters be a rewarding time. The rest of the horror faithfuls can keep searching in vain for something new in the formula for the next twenty years or so.
Thank you Vicious boys, the missus and I had a right old scary time with your movie. Now about my laundry bill..... 8/10
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