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Grave Encounters (2011)

Not Rated  |   |  Adventure, Horror, Thriller  |  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:
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
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


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9 September 2011 (USA)  »

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CAD 100,000 (estimated)

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Absolutely Loved This Movie!
20 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK to save us all some time I will start with why you wouldn't like this movie. You would NOT like this movie if you are the kind of person who is looking for something "new." Most of the reviews from people who did not like this movie complained about it using stuff from other movies. May I remind everybody that the horror genre has been around for quite awhile and nearly every new movie has something an older movie has used at some point. The fact that it may seem cliché to some does not make it any less scary. A person doesn't get off a roller coaster and say "wow that was lame! It went just as fast and crazy as that other roller coaster!" The point is while the movie may use "common scare tactics", I still found it very suspenseful. If you are looking for a horror movie with believable acting, a freak show style exhibit of horrors, and a "OMG here it comes" feel, then I definitely recommend this movie. But if you are the kind of viewer who would rather criticize than sit back and be entertained, I suggest you stay home and see if you can come up with a genuinely "new" horror story.

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