Grave Encounters

Released 2011


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Keely Christian
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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 has been reported for years. On the quest to expose the truth, and scare their viewers, the "Grave Encounters" crew conduct background interviews with current psychologists, as well as provide disturbing archival footage of patients in the earlier half of the century. The mistreatment of patients and the abusive experiments they endured under the supervision of Doctor Arthur Friedkin, Head Medical Psychiatrist at Collingwood, is well known to the residents in the area. All in the name of good television, the Grave Encounters crew voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. Prepared with standing cameras on documented 'paranormal hot spots', as well as a bevy of gadgets to sense changes in temperature, electronic frequency and other characteristics of the building's interior, the team feels confident in their ability to find some ghosts. In a twist of fate, the ghosts find them. 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.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    The picture's creepiness factor is sufficient to rate this a notch above genre average.

  • 38

    Slant Magazine Nick Schager

    Twelve long years after "The Blair Witch Project" pushed the first-person-POV subgenre to horror's forefront, and four years after [Rec] expertly refined the formula, Grave Encount...

  • 30

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    As the uniformly annoying characters stumble around, screaming and cursing, we don't give a hoot for their survival. Quite the reverse: we're counting the minutes until the asylum'...

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