Toronto After Dark, Day 5: Grave Encounters 2
A found footage film about a found footage film about a found footage film… about a found footage film? I think that’s right. Regardless, it’s terribly clever. And terribly meta. Emphasis on the terrible.
Once you have a stellar idea like that for a film, all you have to do is figure out what to put in it. The found footage fad has mercifully ended and while generic shock horror worked for the YouTube original, the ante will need to be upped for a big screen presentation.
Or not. Grave Encounters 2 is a straight forward horror flick with generic evil things that look like they came straight of The Scream jumping out of the shadows. A group of film students have found out that the original Grave Encounters was real, tracked down the building it was filmed in, and have still decided that going in at 3am is a fine idea.
A seemingly omnipotent evil force is pulling the strings here, which immediately begs all kinds of questions once the plot begins to unfold. The first act of the film, before anything overtly supernatural begins to occur, is perfectly fine. Once things get weird, however, everything devolves into a collection of half-baked horror cliches which I’m not sure we’re supposed to notice due to the terribly clever premise.
Grave Encounters 2 contains very few original ideas, but a whole lot of pretension. And also possibly the least believable crazy person I’ve seen on screen in a while. 1.5 out of 5 stars.