I love movies that feature a really subtle type of fear. The long con of horror. It isn't always about tearing someones guts out. Of course it can be. Grave Encounters takes all of the creepy effects from Paranormal Activity and actually ads a physical element to compliment the already terrifying ambiance.
A few years ago I was stuck on a Ghost Hunters binge on SyFy, or maybe it was actually Sci-Fi back then. I liked it and for the most part it was pretty enjoyable. That's just how I felt about this movie. Like I said before, this movie really speaks to the type of horror that I enjoy and it does it really well.
The film is a found footage piece about a Ghost Hunting group led by a dramatic jackass. The setting is based in an old insane asylum that's crazy haunted. The group trudges around for a while looking to make contact with a ghost and end up getting so much more.
The lead character, Jerry, was pretty entertaining. Per usual, the group ended up acting like complete asses to each other. Constantly venturing out on their own, even after that had proved to be a bad idea earlier. Such things are usually pretty dismissive in horror movies and they make for an entertaining viewing.
The jump scares mixed with the methodical injections of fear really make for a terrifying picture. I highly reccomend this movie to anyone looking for a truely scary movie. This movie is perfect for those of you that say "Man... horror movies don't scare me anymore." Check it out on Netflix, it's usually on there.
Did you know: In Dr. Arthur Friedkin's room, there is a book on a table; the book is just one page of runes that is repeated. The runes in the book are an old script used by the Norse (Vikings). The runes can be translated directly into the English language, and the words clearly read out a parody of "I've learned" written by an unknown author. The parody reads as follows: "Steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades, and there had better be a lot of money to take its place. I've learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones who do. I've learned that we don't have to ditch friends because their dysfunction. They are more f**ked up than you think."