Several years after the events of the first film, the footage filmed of the last episode of Grave Encounters cast has been turned into a movie. Some fans of the film (well, really one obsessive fan and his unwitting friends) head off to the hospital to see if the events of the film really happened and they all quickly become targets of the buildings malevolent, mind-bending residents.
Wait, you didn’t want or care for a sequel? Well too bad, Jimmy, you’re getting one anyway.
Come, suffer with the rest of us…
Amazingly, the kids in this follow-up end up being even less likable and dumber than the characters in the first movie. But that’s okay, because the same ghosts from the first film are also back to cleans us of their stupidity by horrifically murdering them one-by-one.
The plot and workings of the building do get fleshed out much more in the sequel, which is nice, but it’s sort of a grab bag of ideas from other films. The pacing of the first half of the film suffers from a slow build-up, but once they make it to the asylum everything appropriately goes to hell in a hand basket. Of course, most of the hell-hand-basketing could have been avoided if the characters had followed their first instinct, which was: Holy s&^#! Time to flee! Instead they follow their a$$hole of a leader back in to retrieve the schools cameras. Screw that, chief. I would have walked home.
The ending ends up being better than the abrupt one we’re treated to in the first film, though not by much. Definitely more bloody, but not still not much better.
Together, both Grave Encounters films are nice distractions if you like ‘found footage’ and ghost stories. Perfectly fine for an evening viewing, but not anything you’d likely come back to or write home about. Just be aware of the extreme shaky cam. I will not be blamed for your motion sickness.
Grave Encounters 2 is available on several streaming services.