Grave Encounters is a 2011 Canadian-American horror feature film shot in found footage style.
The film follows the crew of a fictional paranormal reality television program who lock themselves in a haunted psychiatric hospital in search of evidence of paranormal activity as they shoot what ends up becoming their final episode.
Written and directed by The Vicious Brothers (Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, It Stains the Sands Red; Extraterrestrial), the film premiered on April 22, 2011 at the Tribeca Film Festival to favourable reviews.
Television producer Jerry Hartfield describes how Grave Encounters, a paranormal reality television program directed by and starring ghost hunter Lance Preston, was canceled after five episodes.
Hartfield explains that the events about to be shown in the film is raw footage from the sixth and final episode filmed, edited only for time-restraint purposes.
The footage shows the crew of Grave Encounters – composed of Lance himself, occult specialist Sasha Parker, technical expert Matt White, cameraman T. C. Gibson, and guest starring psychic medium Houston Grey – preparing to investigate the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital where unexplained phenomena has been reported for years.
They receive a tour of Collingwood and its underground tunnels and also learn about Collingwood’s history, including a physician named Arthur Friedkin, who performed unethical experiments and lobotomies on the hospital patients before being killed by escaped patients.
The crew voluntarily lock themselves inside Collingwood for the night and begin their investigation, setting up camp near the hospital’s main entrance. Lance and his crew try to establish contact with the unseen entities responsible, and are tormented by hauntings, which become increasingly hostile…
“…I strongly suspect that the filmmakers watched Paranormal Activity and, with dollar signs dancing in their eyes, decided to inject lots of gore, painful clichés and horrible characters. Oh and also the type of special effects most often seen in youtube videos.” Virtual Borderland