Day 2 | Grave Encounters (2011)
This movie starts out really hokey–just look at that screen shot!–and runs exactly like any other “ghost hunting” show out there (and trust me, I watch a lot of those!) at the beginning. Basically this team of ghost hunters pitched their show to a producer and they called it “Grave Encounters,” hence the name. I actually think this is pretty clever and a cool frame for the whole movie. It plays in to what a lot of us wish we were seeing when we’re watching those ghost hunting shows! This one does have some jump scares, but mostly everything is very subtle but still kinda creepy.
Spoilers! (if you’ve never seen it!)
A similar issue that happened in the Blair Witch Project (that we discussed on day 1) is the loop (sort of). The team gets stuck inside the mental institution they’re investigating and things heat up quickly. I think this concept is so cool and I can see why people have definitely been impressed by this movie. It does the found footage, just like Blair Witch, but the 12 years between the two movies made a lot of difference–Grave Encounters is much smoother and is much less likely to make you feel a little nauseous! There were some hokey bits (where they wake up with hospital bracelets with their names on them??), but the movie does borrow a lot from Blair Witch. Though, Grave Encounters does ramp it up a notch–they actually show the things menacing the characters (and some of those effects weren’t spectacular but they were still pretty good!). Towards the end, there was a lot of yelling and screaming and f-bombs, too. Just like in Blair Witch!