|Grave Encounters (2011)|
|Director:||The Vicious Brothers (Collin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz)|
|Writers:||The Vicious Brothers (Collin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz)|
|Starring:||Sean Rogerson, Ashleigh Gryzko, Mackenzie Gray, and Merwin Mondesir|
From the outside looking in, with very little knowledge about the movie, Grave Encounters might look promising, but certainly not special. As far as spoofs of reality “ghost hunter” television shows go, the first half of this movie is pretty spot-on. We all know the “reality” behind these television shows, but it is funny seeing the filmmakers take glee in poking fun at these shows which intend to fleece their audience. So, after the first twenty minutes of the movie, I was happy to find myself laughing quite a bit. As a viewer, it is easy to be lulled into the movie under wrongful expectations, and those expectations are what made the second half of the movie so incredibly effective. The movie gradually moves from being a behind-the-scenes look at the televised ghost-hunting business, to being a pedal-to-the-floor piece of shocking horror. The only thing that I can think to compare to the second half of Grave Encounters would be the original Silent Hill videogame for the Playstation. This second half becomes a living nightmare where our lead characters are continually haunted by invisible foes, dark shadows, cruel jokes, and corridors that change more than the rooms in Cube. All logic is abandoned during the second half, and I’m not sure when the last time I saw a horror movie play games with its audience in the same way that Grave Encounters does.