Grave Encounters(Review)[Terrifying Theatrical Tuesday]
When Paranormal Activity first arrived in theaters, due to its success, it was entirely responsible for revitalizing the found footage aspect of horror. Everyone was wanting to cash in. We got our share of clunkers and some gems as a result. Grave Encounters happened to be one of those gems.
The film follows a ghost hunting crew, pretty similar to shows like Ghost Adventures or Ghost Hunters, as they go to investigate an abandoned mental hospital in search of the paranormal. However they get more than they bargained for as they find themselves trapped in a horror beyond their imagining.
The film starts off by emphasizing that is a true story, that everything we are about to see is real. And already we are suspecting otherwise, rolling our eyes as we scoff at that very statement. We let our guard down, and that's where this film gets you. It wants you to think this is going to be yet another b-horror generic film, but as you discover to your surprise and horror, it is that exact opposite of that.
Where the film succeeds is subtlety. As the film progresses is quietly slips in moments that you don't catch right away. It is the very definition of slow burn horror. You might be yawning as you watch a particular scene, and stop midtown as you notice something in the background. Was it just your imagination or did you notice a figure flitting away in the background? That is the beauty, you don't know for sure. By the time, the shit does start going down, and trust me it does, you are left gasping in your seat by the time the film stops messing around and is like you want scared, well here you go. And it does it in a way that is totally believable. You are scared for the characters in the movie, you urge them to get out of there, but most of all you are scared for yourself. By the time the movie ends, let's say you will be afraid to walk in the darkness of your home for awhile.
Grave Encounters is an example of a movie that uses found footage to its advantage. It is more than just a gimmick. You could say that there is a lesson being taught here, a lesson if you go in search for something, that something will find you instead. That is just so much more that could be said, but I think it is something better to be seen for yourself.
So yes, I definitely recommend seeing this film, just go in with an open mind, and keep the lights on for your sake. Definitely one of the best found footage horrors in my eyes, and it may not surprise you that it has a sequel, which it was good, but not as good as the first film. If you already seen Grave Encounters, let me know your thoughts below!!
Till next time, stay scared!!! -Tha Thrilla-