Film #141: GRAVE ENCOUNTERS
3 out of 5 stars
Admittedly I am not a fan of things like BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, and the multitude of “ghost hunter” television shows currently being aired on television. But somehow, GRAVE ENCOUNTERS worked for me. Yes, the acting (by a group of unknowns) is a little weak. Yes, the pace is at times uneven. Yes, the ending is a little weak and sorta predictable. But to its credit, the film uses its space well, has some simple but effective “monsters,” and creates a very creepy atmosphere. I found myself enjoying how the film took its time and doled out the scares carefully and then slowly accelerated them as the film neared its conclusion. Plus, there are several really interesting shots that were only hampered by the productions obviously limited budget. Fans of the aforementioned films may like it more than non-fans, but even the non-fans should give this one a chance. There are a lot of very good ideas put into play with GRAVE ENCOUNTERS and as familiar concepts go, this one ain’t half bad.