Video On Demand: "Grave Encounters" (2011)

The found footage horror film is in no way, shape or form a new concept for horror audiences. However, The Vicious Brothers' tackle the found footage concept in a new way with their debut film, "Grave Encounters," by taking inspirations from all of the 'Ghost Hunters' style reality shows that feature a bunch of paranormal investigators who track ghosts in supposedly haunted settings. When I started reading about this film a few months ago, my interest was definitely peaked by all the buzz it was creating.

Here's the official synopsis:

Lance Preston and the crew of "Grave Encounters", a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where unexplained phenomena has been reported for years. All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted - it is alive - and it has no intention of ever letting them leave. They find themselves lost in a labyrinth maze of endless hallways and corridors, terrorized by the ghosts of the former patients. They soon begin to question their own sanity, slipping deeper and deeper into the depths of madness, ultimately discovering the truth behind the hospital's dark past...and taping what turns out to be their final episode.

The Vicious Brothers consist of Stuart Ortiz and Colin Minihan who both wrote and directed the low budget film. Filming was completed in a mere 12 days in an abandoned mental hospital. Although Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital is a fictional hospital, the Grave Encounters Official Site does a great job at creating a backstory around both the crew of the reality show and the mental hospital they visit in their last episode. Check out their Facebook Page as well. "Grave Encounters" is currently available on VOD.

Here's the trailer:

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