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Grave Encounters (2011)

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Grave Encounters (2011)

Friday, 06 December 2013 12:00

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The Buzz:

     You know all those crappy haunting shows?  What if they were in fact real and came across a true haunted place?  This is the premise of Grave Encounters.  The film is introduced as a found footage compilation by the producer who says it’s from a TV show of the same name.  What we get is a behind the scenes filming of the show as well as a partially finished episode.  When things start to go to hell, like they do, we get to see the various fates of the characters from their point of view.  If you can deal with a “shaky-cam” film, this has a lot to offer and is quite well crafted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Life of the Party:

      Going into this film I will admit that even I was skeptical about what possible crap that I had wandered into.  Instead I realized pretty quickly that this movie had a lot to offer in the ways of comedy and pretty much knowing that is a satire of stupid reality TV.  At one point they see a gardener and ask him about the hauntings and are given the answer that he just started working there.  But after cutting the take and paying the guy some money, they start filming again and they ask about hauntings, and he immediately says they happen all the time.  The film has a few good scares scattered throughout and the effects are basic, but I think quite effective.  The neatest part of the whole experience is most likely when the building starts shape shifting.  The deaths are interesting and as far as a found footage flick, I think it really does a hell of a good job.

 

Well At Least They Are Friendly Ghosts...

 

Possible Hangovers:

     I think you could pull this film apart with hangovers if you want to nitpick it to death, considering the type of film it is.  If I was to say anything bad about the film as a whole I would have to say that it is very predictable; not bad, it’s just easy to figure out.  I think more could have been done with the effects too, as they are nothing we haven’t seen a hundred times over.  Even with those issues this film has a lot to offer and I think is far more interesting than the Paranormal Activity series.

 

Wait....We're Out Of.....................................................PIE!?!?!

 

The Atmosphere (Marathon Fodder, Casual Gathering, House Party):

     I enjoyed this movie a lot watching by my lonesome, but I think this film is best enjoyed like sex, with as many people as possible.  Drinking is a big plus with the film because it makes the reactions better from a crowd, and there is not a big story to miss.  I enjoyed this movie paired with other found footage films in a marathon and that was a lot of fun, but I am a lonely man….so yeah….

 

Drinking Games:

~ Drink when something “spooky” happens

~ Drink when someone whines or complains

~ HARD MODE: Drink whenever someone states the obvious

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