Grave Encounters 2 (2012)
Plot: For people who don’t believe the events of the first film, Grave Encounters, film student Alex Wright is out to prove them wrong. Alex is as obsessed with the first film as the 20 million people who viewed its viral trailer on YouTube. While he and his friends research the events and visit the real psychiatric hospital depicted in the original film, they find themselves face-to-face with unspeakable evil, banking on the hope that their knowledge of the original film will help them survive the sequel.
My Review: So this movie consists of a film student, Alex, (who’s filming his own horror movie) investigating the events of the first Grave Encounters film with his friends. That’s right, everyone in this movie knows the first movie was a movie….in fact the movie starts off with a bunch of video reviews of the first film.
Alex thinks there’s more to Grave Encounters when he starts receiving messages on YouTube from “DeathAwaits”. First he gets a video with one of the characters from the first film, locked inside a spooky room. Alex claims its not a scene from the film and he’s never seen it. He starts believing that perhaps the events in Grave Encounters is real so he starts investigating, which eventually leads him and his friends (and film crew) into the insane asylum from the first film.
They encounter a security guard who kicks them off the property the first time, and the second time tries to escort them out of the building. Nothing really happens for the most part in the film. They set up the cameras and film a bunch of night vision stuff. Eventually one of the guys dies by flying out a window, being pushed by a ghost. Another girl goes missing when the building starts to shift, just like the first film. A bunch of hallways are now blocked off, exits lead to walls, etc. But they end up making it out of the asylum and back into the hotel….or do they?
Somehow they end up back inside the asylum where they meet up with one of the cast members from the first film, who’s apparently been living there for the last 10 years, mapping out the weird shifty building and surviving by eating rats….raw. Course the timeframe doesn’t really make sense as the movies are two years apart and I’m pretty sure they make mention of the year in the first film, yet this movie is supposed to be 10 years later. Of course we know that time in the asylum means nothing, so it would have made more sense if just Sean (from the first movie) had been there years and really not much time had passed outside the asylum.
In the end what doesn’t make sense is obviously cops (and security guards) have been inside the building. They obviously found the first teams tapes to have been able to release them, and there is police tape inside the asylum. But yet nobody can escape from there?
On the plus side to this movie, the acting and overall production value seemed a lot better then I remember the first movie being (course its been awhile since I’ve seen that one, and only saw it once). But I also felt this movie was mainly just a rehash of the first film. It brought nothing new to the table. Even the scares and ghosts are the same and predictable.
Gore/FX: Lots of CGI ghosts with their eyes open wide. Pretty much all you’ll get from this film. And sadly they are all predictable.
Sexual Content: None, other then a blurred out porno flick on a computer screen.
Acting: I don’t remember there being that much bad about it in the first film other then some overacting. This film has decent actors and no overacting is really present.
Overall: It was entertaining, but like I said above, it brought nothing new to the table. It was really all done in the first film and didn’t explain much more. I could have skipped it.