I have fond memories from watching Ghost Hunters, so naturally I was immediately interested in Grave Encounters's premise, which means it sucks even more that GE did nothing for me. The atmosphere was occasionally okay, but starting from the first scenes with the exceedingly annoying group, it never really sucked me in. The scares weren't at all interesting and the special effects aren't even worth mentioning.
Unpopular opinion, but I actually really liked this. Riverview Hospital makes a damn good spooky asylum. I love seeing everything from the camera point of view, as the lack of music helps catch you off guard when something happens. Of course, there were plenty of problems. I didn't really like Sasha's character. And the continuity and gaps SUCKED. But all in all...I still loved it somehow! lol
I thought this had some potential. The first chunk of the film had very good atmosphere and I even enjoyed the humor of the documentation. Then it gets into the poorly CGI-ghost creatures, silly "scary moments" that fell flat, and the out-of-place back story of the asylum coming into play. Disappointing.
Films like this, with the "Cam" feel have always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I actually really enjoyed this, it got a couple of good jumps out of my friend and I. Obviously it's recommended to anyone who shares my love for this type of filming process. Only down-side was I am unable to watch it a second time around, due to knowing all the "scares". Going in with low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised.