Grave Encounters (2011)
November 5, 2022 9:35 AM - Subscribe

A crew from a paranormal reality television show lock themselves in a haunted psychiatric hospital. They search for evidence of paranormal activity as they shoot what ends up becoming their final episode.

Starring Sean Rogerson, Juan Riedinger, Ashleigh Gryzko, Mackenzie Gray, Arthur Corber, Ben Wilkinson, Michele Cummins, Luis Javier, Shawn Macdonald, Merwin Mondesir, Bob Rathie, Fred Keating.

Written and directed by "The Vicious Brothers," aka Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz.
posted by DirtyOldTown (5 comments total)

69% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on Shudder, Tubi, The Roku Channel, and a half dozen others. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:37 AM on November 5, 2022

If you want to think of this as Session 9 meets Paranormal Activity, that's not far off. Not much that's new here, but well-executed. It's one of those where you don't especially like the people and are waiting for them to die.

The pacing was perfect until the last act, which could have been shaved a bit. I still enjoyed it. It's likely in that category where a lot of horror fans (though certainly not all) can get into it, but it's not good enough to win over part-timers or non-aficionados.

Minihan has been tapped for the new Urban Legend film.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:41 AM on November 5, 2022

They do some neat stuff! The sequel isn't nearly as interesting.
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:20 PM on November 5, 2022

If you want to think of this as Session 9 meets Paranormal Activity, that's not far off.

That's a pretty rough comparison, considering the core conceit of Session 9 is how little overtly 'paranormal' activity there is. This may also just be my own issue with loving the hell out of Session 9 and deeply loathing the PA franchise all the way back to the first one.
posted by FatherDagon at 11:04 AM on November 7, 2022

I'm of the opinion that the Paranormal Acitivty series is often brilliant. Seriously. This movie wishes it had the thematic depth underneath that the PA films have. (Argue with me on the PA post if that irks you.)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:15 AM on November 7, 2022

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