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Grave Encounters (2011)

Not Rated  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Wilkinson ...
Jerry Hartfield
T.C. Gibson
Matt White
Shawn Macdonald ...
Morgan Turner
Arthur Corber ...
Dr. Arthur Friedkin
Kenny Sandavol
Gary Crawford
Max Train ...
Punk Guy
Martha Eason ...
Punk Girl
Javier Ortega
Mackenzie Gray ...
Houston Gray
Eva Gifford ...
Demon Girl
Bathtub Demon


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


Horror | Mystery


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Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cold Spots  »

Box Office


CAD 100,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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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Crazy Credits

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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User Reviews

Let go and just have a good time-
31 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a waste of time to complain that movies like this have been done before. Yes, they have and if you don't like them, don't watch them. I don't think I will ever understand why people watch a movie like this expecting something totally new and different and super high art to fulfill their overly pretentious taste and make them feel like true film critics- Please.

We watched this movie last night via On Demand. A roomful of horror movie fans ranging in age from 11 to 39- and we had a great time. A wall crawling, giggling, screaming at the top of our lungs good time.

-and that's the point! Having a good time.

I don't need to have everything in a scary movie make sense, or be explained to me. I am not in school, I am having a laugh and a good time freaking out with the poor saps trapped in the haunted mental institution.

The story was tight enough to be good, loose enough to allow for the insanity that ensued. The characters were not cliché and the ending was not totally cookie cutter.

Bottom line- this movie was fun. There were moments when we laughed at it, but there were also moments that made us freak out and want to turn on the lights. Just stop over-analyzing, relax and go with it and have fun. If you have to nit-pick a movie to death you have way too much time on your hands.....HAVE FUN!

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