The found footage horror film has become a much needed breath of fresh air for the genre and film-makers in general. With the low budget Grave Encounters 2 (2012) the aesthetic first utilized in the first film goes one step further. In this new film, Alex Wright is obsessed with the thought that the film Grave Encounters was a true real life story and sets out to prove that he is right by searching for the hospital in which the tragic events of the first film occurred.
The film takes a while to get to the point to where Alex and his group of friends find themselves inside the haunted mental hospital of the first film. This is all background and set up that will ultimately pay off in the long run as writers The Vicious Brothers do themselves up one further for this film improving and expanding upon the world established in the previous film. There are lots of surprises in store and twists and turns that keep this film fresh.
If there is one detriment to the film it is that the most interesting aspects are when they get to the hospital which it takes a while to get there but the wait will have been worth it since this film strives to offer a bigger story than its predecessor and delivers. Fans of the original film will not be disappointed although people who don’t like the “found footage” film may be turned away.