OK, so that’s not the actual end of the title. Sorry, for some reason if the syllables are right, I can’t stop myself from typing that after the name of a sequel ending in “two”. Actually, there’s a point in the trailer where some poor guy appears to be doing some kind of sick electric boogaloo (it looks like ECT gone horribly wrong—you’ll know it when you see it). Anyway, I’ve been psyched about Grave Encounters 2 since I discovered it was in production!
Damn! What the fuck was that thing climbing out into the hallway from, well, whatever hole in the wall it came out of? I couldn’t even tell it’s gender (not that I am complaining, that creature is grotesque enough without having to see its junk)
I raved previously about Grave Encounters when I put it on the list of Ten Trailers to Keep You Awake. I think it might be one of, if not THE, scariest found-footage movies to come out of the US and Canada. I’m probably in the minority here, but it scared me a hell of a lot more than Blair Witch. Spain’s [REC] is probably the most terrifying found-footage movie I’ve ever seen, and might even make my list of the top ten scariest horror movies, period- -if not the top ten, then it would definitely earn a place in the top twenty. But I digress. In the interest of full disclosure, The Vicious Brothers wrote and directed the first film; this time they wrote the script, but handed the directing reigns to John Pollquin, making this his full-length directing début. I still have plenty of faith in The Vicious Brothers to deliver the goods. The one thing I would have liked to see, though, is a ‘viral site’ marketing the movie campaign. Especially since the movie is so ‘meta’, and involves ‘a mysterious blogger,’ (see the official plot description after the jump) they could have come up with a GREAT marketing campaign and had some fun with it. I LOVE IT when genre films go the extra mile when it comes to promotion …and it’s clear they’re having as much fun playing with it as the fans were. Links to great, entertaining, and just plain fun promo sites will be coming soon in a feature piece, by the way, and there’s some serious must-sees in there.
Here’s the official plot description for Grave Encounters 2…
In 2011, GRAVE ENCOUNTERS was a found-footage horror phenomenon from the Vicious Brothers, with a trailer garnering over 20 million views on YouTube. Many people believed it was just a movie. They were wrong, and film student Alex Wright is out to prove it in GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2.
While researching the events depicted in the original film and the subsequent disappearance of its lead ”actor” Sean Rogerson, Alex Wright received a bizarre video from a mysterious blogger named “DeathAwaits666.” Appearing to show Rogerson still alive but trapped inside the Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital from GRAVE ENCOUNTERS, Alex and his friends agree to meet the blogger at the infamous hospital in hopes of learning what really happened.* To their horror, they quickly find themselves face-to-face with unspeakable evil. Realizing that they must be smarter and faster than Rogerson and his crew to avoid suffering the same fate, they use their knowledge of the original film to do whatever it takes to survive the sequel.
Yeah… I don’t think that last part’s gonna happen. Take a look at the first theatrical trailer for Grave Encounters 2 below!
Damn! What the fuck was that thing climbing out into the hallway from, well, whatever hole in the wall it came out of? I couldn’t even tell its gender (not that I am complaining, that creature is grotesque enough without having to see its junk). Bringing back the main character (and possible sole survivor) from the first movie has potential. Thinking back, I can’t even say for sure who got the worst death in the first movie. Many times after whatever monster/demon/ghost combo got ahold of someone (causing the other characters present to scream “WHAT THE FUCK?” “SHIT!” “FUCKING RUN!” at the top of their lungs while the footage got blurry or digitized as they either dropped the camera to come back for later or blunder quickly away from the scene) the poor bastard just …vanished. I don’t think vanishing after being suddenly yanked into a bathtub filled to the brim with blood means they got an easy death. So, that leads me to think…
(SPOILER ALERT FOR THE ORIGINAL GRAVE ENCOUNTERS – highlight the text below to reveal and read). Who knows if they’re in some kind of hell-dimension, or just dead? I think the guy who fell down the elevator shaft and died when he hit the ground probably had it the easiest. OK, now I’m getting too spoiler-y as far as the original. Anyway, we never saw him die… his character was the biggest douchebag in the movie, but he ended up having to catch and eat live rats, then got a lobotomy. The horrible old-school ice pick kind. OK, now I’m getting too spoiler-y as far as the original and wanting to veer off topic.
Check out the first teaser poster below—the tagline struck me as kind of lackluster, but the image sure as hell got my attention!
Some people are worried the movie is going to get too “meta”, which was a concern to me for the first 20 seconds or so of the trailer, when fans are recommending Grave Encounters as a great, scary movie to pick up a copy of and see, bla de-blah. After that, though, it starts to get interesting. Even though this trailer swears Grave Encounters 2 contains 2 X THE FEAR, 2 X THE INTENSITY, and 2 X THE ENCOUNTERS, I’ll just be happy if it’s up to par with the original. Also, I have a suspicion that I don’t really WANT to see a sequel twice as frightening as the original, since the first one already was scary enough to shoot my nerves to shit!
Most people (including me) seem to agree that if the sequel is as good as the first movie–or even a notch down– they’ll be in for a great, scary ride. Lucky Uncle Creepy, from my favorite horror news site Dread Central, has seen it and said it “could very well be the perfect sequel”. I pretty much trust him 100% – besides being just as passionate a horror fan as I am (probably more, since he devotes so much of his time to Dread Central he seems to be on it 24/7, unlike me) has yet to steer me wrong with a review of, well, anything as of this writing. Oh, and they also gave us a look at a second poster that’s hard not to get a big grin looking at:
Looks like we’ll get to find out for ourselves when Grave Encounters 2 is available On Demand on October 2nd (with a theatrical release and midnight screenings beginning on October 12 … right, like I have the willpower to wait for that**). Only weeks away; time for a new “Milestone” countdown widget! Now that I think of it, the release date is great timing for those of us who have been jonses-ing for American Horror Story: Asylum to start already, goddamnit! on October 17th. So, we’ll have GE2 to look forward to two weeks before the premiere, which should hold us over a bit longer.
Also, that buys me a little extra time on my article featuring a trilogy of my current favorite–and most terrifying– insane asylum-set horror movies (Session Nine, Asylum Blackout (nothing supernatural in that one, but JESUS it was terrifying) and of course, the original Grave Encounters). I’m also writing a piece that is in danger of growing to a novella-length essay on the history of the Danvers Asylum, which I’m fairly convinced was haunted, and I sure as hell want nothing to do with the Luxury Apartments built on the property after the Asylum was torn down. Fuck that! Would YOU want to live there?
Oh, and the “Collinswood Hospital/Sanitorium” (the setting for both Grave Encounters movies) is —unlike the aforementioned Danvers in Session Nine— is, thank God, completely fictional. But looking at this (fictional) atmospheric image of the exterior, you could have fooled me. Feast your eyes on the below…
*visiting the ‘real psychiatric hospital from the original’ film: Bad Fucking Idea, or Big Fucking Mistake?
**I’ll end up being just about as patient as I was with REC 3: Genesis, Asylum Blackout, Piranha 3DD (and boy, was seeing THAT one in 2-D for less than ten bucks at home one of the best judgement calls I’ve made in the last couple of years) and V/H/S when they popped up in the “Just In” section On Demand before the official VOD date. Let’s see, here. So I can watch it starting in less than two minutes at home for $9.99 (sometimes less than that) instead of waiting several more weeks to see it in the theater for $12.50? Especially Though there’s nothing, and I mean nothing like the high of seeing a Midnight Preview or an opening night showing in a packed theater full of fans just as excited to see the movie as you are …DEAL! When I have a choice between INSTANT gratification or waiting (unless I know for sure it’s going to be showing here in the Emerald City –not in a theater that’s an area code or two away– and guaranteed a lively crowd, with the date less than two, three weeks tops from now) all my willpower instantly goes down the drain when it comes to a horror movie I’ve been all hopped up to see for months.
- Now Movies: Grave Encounters (themovieguideblog.wordpress.com)
- Movie Goodness: Horror>The Ghost List (dawningcreates.com)
- Prepare For A Darker Season….American Horror Story: Asylum (adventureamigos.net)
- New Grave Encounters 2 Teaser Poster Has a Few Fans (dreadcentral.com)
- Name that (Horror) Frame Contest- Week of 8/12/2012! (horrorboom.com)
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A Brand New Theatrical Trailer for Grave Encounters 2
I LOVED THE FIRST ONE AND ARE PROUD TO OWN IT ON DVD!
Oh, I know! If I’d seen it in the theater I would have screamed at the top of my lungs like 4 or 5 times. THAT is how you make a scary (and fun) found-footage movie. I keep looking on Comcast to see if for some reason they have it early. Did you see the contest American Horror Story:Asylum is having as a promo? Going to put it up on a post pretty soon.I’d need a LOT of Xanax to spend an hour in a haunted, deserted asylum, let alone the night! Still gonna enter, though… thanks for the comment and watch for more Grave Encounters pieces soon!
just how was Lance the biggest douchebag in the first movie?
cause he wanted to get them all and actually cared for his crew!
maybe I just like him too much…he was my favorite and he was on Harpers Island
but only in the background (damn it) and ends up dying!
super cool that he’s back in the second grave encounters movie!
You’re right, actually. He started out as kind of a ‘Scooby Douche’-type (like the ones on some of the really phony paranormal Syfy shows where you know they aren’t even trying, yell at and even threaten (“SPIRITS, WE DEMAND YOU SHOW YOURSELVES! NOW!“). Not that he was anywhere near as much of a dick as those guys. But he totally redeemed himself by halfway through. I watched Harper’s Island… did he get killed early on? I’m looking forward to seeing him in the new movie. What we went through in the first one was HORRIFYING!
yeah he did get killed early on in Harpers Island…he played Joel Booth and when
he was done burying the money that damn Malcolm appeared and Booth ended
up shooting himself in the leg hitting an artery and he died of blood loss in the
he died in episode 4 I think.
Yeah, there were some memorable deaths on that show, considering it was on a major network. I remember the “you can’t have me” girl who took a dive off the bridge so he didn’t get the satisfaction of killing her!
you dont get to 20 million views without making a few fans.
so morbid and creepy! but who is it in the picture?
just remembered the real mental asylum that both “Grave Encounters” films were
filmed in is really haunted!
The Vicous Brothers mentioned it on the dvd:
lots of windows would be open.
the room where “TC” got grabbed into that bathtub looks just like that in real life.
one guy swears on his life that something pushed him down the stairs.
a shadow figure appeared in one of the pictures that The Vicious Brothers took.
and I guess the hallways really hum…NOW THAT IS CREEPY!
like…how can a hallway hum?
besides it looks very cold in that place.
Yep… Did you see Session 9 (speaking of haunted asylums I want no part of)? Also Dread Central has a clip up- http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/59815/lance-preston-featured-new-clip-grave-encounters-2
no I havent seen Session 9 yet but that clip was great…poor Lance!
Yup! So are you going to be able to watch it On Demand on Tuesday? Sometimes I luck out on VOD release dates and Comcast will put them up after midnight. Though I don’t know if it’s smart for me to watch it in the middle of the night and then expect to get some sleep!
no I dont have VOD unfortunately..but I can always wait to watch it online!
OK-check out my new gallery just posted, I gave you a shout-out! 😉
I did know what scene that was from! It was when “TC” got grabbed into that tub and they flip it over and the camera catches all the blood on the floor and wall! Alright top commentor, thank you so much you are so nice and awesome! Loved the slide show too!
I think your the only person that’s ever been nice to me on the internet!
I was brought up to treat people the way I like to be treated(even on the internet, where there’s people being shitty just because, hey, it’s the internet). Plus us horror fans have to stick together! 😉
and im so fucking excited right now cause Grave Encounters 2 is on VOD!
here’s a link for a Grave Encounters 2 suprise!
and here’s what you do…go to the site and hold down the shift key and press
down 666 and a screen should pop up something something really freaky!
Thanks-I’m gonna check it out when it’s light out, though! I’m already posting about a really scary short movie tonight and it makes me jittery enough without anything else freaky popping up at me!
I just hate those Grave Encounters haters cause they just say so many MEAN things about it and about the Vicious Brothers!they make me so mad but im glad that I will never sink to their level cause I know
what’s cool and they dont! too bad there’s no soundtracks for these films!
yes it’s the 12th of october!
Grave Encounters 2 is finally in select cities!
man if I could drive I would go right now!
im writing a script right now on my dell laptop that takes place in the same
mental hospital from Grave Encounters! it’s about this macabe young director who is frustrated with actors not really dying in horror films so he takes his cast and crew to the mental hospital to film the
movie and they actually start “dying”!it’s really great and they only spend four days in there so I have to come up with great scary shit for them to go through but that should be easy…since im full
of ideas for this flick!cant wait till it’s finished!
that’s really cool, is it the first script you’ve written? Do you write a lot? Hmmmm, you could have someone get stuck in one of those hydrotherapy boxes where they laced them up and the only thing that stuck out was the person’s head. Someone could get boiled to death horribly in one of those. but that might just be gory, not scary.
oh wow that idea is amazing man im glad I wrote my idea down on this site! and yes I write alot–it’s kind of a hobby of mine and before my dialog wasnt that great but now it is cant believe how great my script is now! and there’s this site that I hope to send it to:simply scripts…hope it terrifies them
and your VERY right I should add gore!
do you have anymore ideas cause ive been writing all damn day and it’s now 3:22 in the morning and im drawing a blank! (man I wish I could think outside the box)
you know what? go to my “about me” page and it has my gmail address at the bottom, drop me a line. I might not be able to get back to you as fast but that way there’s a lot more room! I’m not sure how old you are (I grew up in the 80s so I’m well over 30) but keep writing no matter what! The more you do it, the better you get. 🙂
sounds like a great idea oh and by the way im 31 yep I grew up in the wonderful
and awesome too fast paced 80’s too!
Sully was pretty cool in Harpers Island too but his death was so sad!