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Grave Encounters (2011)

Not Rated | | Horror | 9 September 2011 (USA)
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For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true.

Directors:

Colin Minihan (as The Vicious Brothers), Stuart Ortiz (as The Vicious Brothers) | 1 more credit »

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The Vicious Brothers, Stuart Ortiz (as The Vicious Brothers) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Wilkinson ... Jerry Hartfield
Sean Rogerson ... Lance Preston
Ashleigh Gryzko ... Sasha Parker
Merwin Mondesir ... T.C. Gibson
Juan Riedinger ... Matt White
Shawn Macdonald ... Morgan Turner
Arthur Corber Arthur Corber ... Dr. Arthur Friedkin
Bob Rathie ... Kenny Sandavol
Fred Keating ... Gary Crawford
Max Train Max Train ... Punk Guy
Martha Eason Martha Eason ... Punk Girl
Luis Javier Luis Javier ... Javier Ortega
Mackenzie Gray ... Houston Gray
Eva Gifford Eva Gifford ... Demon Girl
Michele Cummins ... Bathtub Demon
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Storyline

Lance Preston and the crew of "Grave Encounters", a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where unexplained phenomena have been reported for years. All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted - it is alive - and it has no intention of ever letting them leave. They find themselves lost in a labyrinth maze of endless hallways and corridors, terrorized by the ghosts of the former patients. They soon begin to question their own sanity, slipping deeper and deeper into the depths of madness, ultimately discovering the truth behind the hospital's dark past...and taping what turns out to be their final episode. Written by Producer

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They were searching for proof... they found it

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Spots See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD100,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,658,053
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The director set out to differentiate Grave Encounters from other iconic found-footage films such as Blair Witch Project by being less subtle with the demons. He wanted the demons to "visibly run at you", rather than just move objects and slam doors. See more »

Goofs

As the history of the asylum is revealed, it is stated that a former doctor performed grisly experiments on the asylum patients in the 1930s. In a flashback sequence referring to this time, a patient is shown in front of a television, watching static. However, the television was not introduced to the public until the 1939 World's Fair, and was not common in US households until the early 1950s. An asylum in the 1930s could not, and would not, have had a television. See more »

Quotes

Lance Preston: This place is about as haunted as a sock drawer.
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Crazy Credits

The standard paragraph at the end of most credits stating that the movie is fictitious is altered to say: The Events, Characters, and images depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or (un)dead, or to actual events is purely coincidental. See more »

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Referenced in Paranormal Demons (2018) See more »

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Best found footage film since the first Paranormal Activity
5 September 2011 | by mdnobles19See all my reviews

Well it definitely has more in common with The House On Haunted Hill than REC. or Paranormal Activity when it comes to impact or freshness and believability but it sure knows how to frighten you frozen in your seat as them. It starts off as a somewhat mockumentary similar to The Last Exorcism that was pretty clever and entertaining as a phony ghost hunting reality show crew willingly lock themselves inside an abandon mental hospital only soon do the realize that it has a mind of its own. The way the movie escalates the terror, suspense and intensity was unrelenting and I have never had to cover my eyes as much or be sleepless after watching a horror movie since I saw the first Paranormal Activity and though Paranormal Activity was more effective with its scares this one was a heart pounding frightfest with ghoulish ghosts and activity around every corner as though you feel like you're right there with them in a never ending haunted house ride. The films direction, plot and theme is nothing new or ground breaking and the acting not as raw as some of the better found footage movies but once this sub-genre dies out this one will not be lost and forgotten and might be named as one of the best found footage film of all time, it is sure on the top of my list. Overall this definitely deserves a wide release as it's one of the scariest, entertaining horror movie of 2011 and sure it doesn't have originality on its side and ends on a predictable but still chilling note but I got to tell you Grave Encounters will get under your skin and it gives me another reason why I love the found footage horror movies so much because they're involving and terrifyingly raw which makes most of them unforgettable. Keep them coming because I for one can't get enough of them. Highly recommended! 7.7 out of 10


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