Monday, July 8, 2013

Grave Encounters 2 Movie Review – This Isn't Narnia.

Runtime: 95 minutes
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Rating: NR
Director: John Poliquin

"Grave Encounters 2" wants us to believe that everything that happened in "Grave Encounters" was completely real. When the film picks up, we see a large number of bloggers talking about the film online. Some of them think it was true and that no one ever saw the crrw members again, but most people think it was just a hoax.

Enter Alex, a film student who decides to make a film about the film. Got that? Alex enlists his best friends to help him research the story and the crew members in the hopes of discovering the true story. He gets messages from an anonymous person who tells him to visit the producer. The producer first tells him it was fake, but he later reveals it was true.

The group then head to Collingwood, but they discover security guards doing whatever it takes to keep people out because of the large number of trespassers since the film premiered. They also discover Lance's mom, who tells him his name is Sean and he's alive. They finally find a way into the old hospital, which is when all hell breaks loose. Not only do they find Lance living in the hospital, but they discover that everything they heard is true.

The problem with sequels is that most sequels aren't as strong as the original. The same thing is pretty much true here. "Grave Encounters 2" does have an interesting premise, but it kind of does the same thing that the sequel to "The Blair Witch Project" did. Take a bunch of random people and let them investigate the story behind the first movie.

It did have some entertaining moments though. I loved the man playing the producer. He pops up early in the film to talk on camera about the hoax, and then he does a good job making Alex believe that it was true before making a return appearance at the end.

Thankfully, the character of Lance makes a return for this one, but unfortunately, the way he plays the role leaves some unanswered questions. Anyone who was stuck in an abandoned mental hospital for over a year would probably act the same way he did. So, is he really crazy because of the ghosts, or is he just crazy because of what he thinks he saw?

In the end, it doesn't really matter though. Instead of giving us something interesting, "Grave Encounters 2" just follows the same formula as the first one. Throw a bunch of people into a haunted hospital, give them some cameras, and see what happens.

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