Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no one day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.
31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring daily feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your Halloween festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home. If you have a suggestion, contact us and we may include your favorite scarefest in an upcoming column!
Day 5: Grave Encounters 2 (2012)
Hitting VOD this weekend, Grave Encouters 2 hopes to push the found footage genre much (much) further than its predecessor with a plot that is all sorts of meta. After being letdown by what he believes to be another hokey found footage film, student Alex Wright begins looking into the history of the original Grave Encounters. During his research, Alex learns that the film is in fact real, and soon sets off to the asylum featured in the first film to learn what really happened. Upon arrival, Alex and the friends he’s convinced to join him realize they may be in over their heads.
I know found footage films are a dime a dozen these days, especially found footage films set in poorly lit abandoned places where “ghosts” are rumored to be, but I could not help falling in love with Grave Encounters 2. The Vicious Brothers listened to what their fans wanted, delivered on almost every level, and then decided to up the ante even further by enveloping the whole thing in a truly unique storyline built upon a somewhat familiar concept. If you make it through the last twenty-five minutes of this film without asking yourself, “what the hell is going on?,” I’ll legitimately be shocked. You can view the trailer below:
I know the above footage makes GE2 look like every other found footage feature, but I assure you it is far from ordinary. This is not a film that will leave everyone wanting more, but those able to overlook its shortcomings will find themselves amused and caught off guard with where the story leads.
Editorial written by: James Shotwell (Twitter)