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Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Mean Ghosts Part Two
It has been a year since the release of the Grave Encounters film and vloggers are talking a lot about, good and bad. One vlogger, Alex (Richard Harmon), seems to hate the film. After his review, he gets an email from someone telling him that he should look into the events of the film more closely and provides evidence that the actors have actually been missing like the film says. After doing some investigating, Alex decides he is going to the place depicted in the film to do his own investigation. His friends Dylan (Trevor Thompson), Tessa (Stephanie Bennett), Jared (Howie Lai) and Jennifer (Leanne Lapp) all agree to go with him. Will they have better luck, or will they meet the same fate as Lance and his crew?
Something that I forgot to say in my review for the first film was that I thought that The Vicious Brothers tried too hard to get the scare at times. For this round, The Vicious Brothers do the writing while John Poliquin does the directing. It was no surprise to me to see that once again Grave Encounters 2 tries a bit too hard to get the scare. In fact, it felt like the The Vicious Brothers tried to up their own film in many ways. We see a window open on its own in the first film. We see this again here, same window I believe, but someone gets pushed through one this time. Some ghosts last time, same this time but there is a very big one that gives chase, as seen in the poster. Since the scares don't change a whole lot, this one didn't make me jump at all. Grave Encounters 2 does manage some things right at least. The time displacement is explored a little more this time, as well as being trapped in the building. The only returning actor was Sean Rogerson as Lance. It seems he has figured out the building some. The best part of the whole film to me was when they actually manage to get out, which was a bit of a surprise, only to end up back in the building.
The effects are okay. I wasn't really all the impressed by anything, even though they didn't look bad at all. There is some bloody effects to be found, but not a whole lot. Of course you have the CGI ghost faces once again that I didn't care for. The acting was pretty good at least. Richard Harmon does a good job with the lead role. I wasn't real impressed with him, but he gets the job done just fine. He wasn't as interesting in the role as Sean Rogerson though, who gives a completely different take on his character this time around. My favorite actor was Leanne Lapp though. She is very pretty and I loved her hair. I know, I can be weird sometimes. Besides that though, I did think she was the best of the actors in this film.
I think someone needs to tell The Vicious Brothers that bigger isn't always better. I don't say it very often, but I was getting down right bored with Ghost Encounters 2. Sure it does some things different, and this did help, but there just wasn't enough of that to keep my interested. There was a seemingly free standing door that was chained up. While kind of interesting, I just didn't care anymore by the time it was revealed. Then there are cameras that the ghosts seem to take control of, I assumed it was more than one anyway, as we see them float in the air. Why didn't this happen in the first film as well? Were they not as powerful back then? As I sit here and write this, I almost hate to put Grave Encounters 2 down so much. I guess I haven't as much as I have other films, but I have to be honest. With more or less the same scares, just bigger in scale in most cases, I just couldn't get into this sequel. If you are like me and have a need to watch sequels, feel free to give it a watch sometime. You might like it more than I did. It is on Netflix instant watch still, if you have it.
2 out of 5 It did get me in the mood for a haunted house