The original "Grave Encounters" is kind of a like a guilty pleasure. It's really not that scary of a movie, but it's quite entertaining, well-acted, atmospheric, and had enough suspense to keep the audience's attention. So, when "Grave Encounters 2" became available on prime, I knew I wanted to check it out.
Like I said, the original "Grave Encounters" had good acting, especially for this type of film, a found footage film. And, while the acting in "Grave Encounters 2" was certainly decent, it really wasn't anywhere near as good as the original, and the movie suffers as a whole because of it. Basically, "Grave Encounters 2" is about some dorky college filmmaker who gets a message from an anonymous individual telling him to go to the building where the original movie took place. So, he takes some friends and goes to do a documentary on what happened at the abandoned mental hospital and what happened to the original cast of "Grave Encounters." The movie starts out pretty well, but takes a downward turn pretty quickly.
Indeed, I simply did not like the direction that this movie took. I just thought that the original was categorically superior and every single way, and even though the sequel established the same atmosphere when they reached the mental hospital, the characters just aren't as good as in the original and the movie goes in a direction that is ill-advised and ultimately the movie falls flat. The movie just never gets off the ground and fails to follow up on its early promise.