Day 3 | Grave Encounters 2 (2014)
There were some valid criticisms of the first movie–at least from the horror perspective–about it not having enough scares. They listened to that criticism with this movie, though. Even going so far as to splice in seemingly random scares from the first movie into the introduction scenes of the second one.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this movie, given that it is a sequel to a horror movie (and that usually never bodes well!) but this one used the same set up as The Human Centipede 2 (2011) and later on The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014); that is, that the original film was really just a movie in-universe in the sequel. So, in Grave Encounters 2, Grave Encounters was a movie that the main characters of the sequel thought might have actually been real. This leads them to go on an expedition to find the mental institute investigated in the first movie. Again, the team finds themselves lost the ever-changing asylum, even busting through a wall in one room only to fall from the ceiling into a hallway. This whole loop, like the building is alive, is reminiscent of “The Navidson Record” portion from the 2000 book House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (and honestly, this book is so interesting and bizarre I absolutely recommend it to all of you).
I will admit, there is definitely a fair amount more blood and violence in this one. We physically see three people murdered on camera–one of which is murdered by an invisible voice that breaks the girls back, seeming reminiscent of Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) where one of the parents has their back broken in a similar fashion. Another homage can be seen in the scene right before the next death where the boy (pictured above) talks to the camera and his family, crying just like in The Blair Witch Project. He’s subsequently strangled to death. The final death involves a face getting smashed in with one of the cameras…so:
This iteration of the narrative of “grave encounters” is not for the faint of heart.
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