Grave Encounters 2

image In 2011 the "lost footage" of the promising new reality show, "Grave Encounters" was released. The cast and crew went on a journey to find the paranormal and got more than they bargained for. Each member of the crew comes to an untimely end and the host is the last man standing. But his time will come as the building and it’s medical staff look to "release the demons" from him.

As a low budget movie it was pretty good. It had twists and turns, scares and chills. The reactions were mixed with some people loving the amateur look and feel,while others mocked the cheesy special effects.

But what if it wasn’t a movie? What if it was real? What if the real deaths and the real events of the asylum had been bundled up, edited and sold off as a horror movie to cover the costs of the lawsuits and settlements?

That’s how we jump into Grave Encounters 2. Alex, a film students and his friends uncover there might be more to the original movie. The "actors" haven’t been in another movie since. "Sean" hasn’t been seen or heard from again. And then, out of the blue, Alex gets a tip that he might be on the right trail. After setting up interviews and digging deeper he discovers Sean might be in the hospital, according to his mother, who just happens to have dementia. But the clues keep coming and Alex ends up within the walls of the asylum trying to prove the original movie, was indeed real.

Taking it’s cue from the original, the sequel has plenty of jerky camera movements, night vision shots, hallways that lead nowhere and a building that can actually change it’s layout. There are lots of twists and turns and plenty of confusion. This sequel mimics the original in a lot of ways, which may be a good or a bad thing depending on who you are. I liked the atmosphere. It’s dark and creepy and you’re always expecting something to come around the corner. There’s a bit more gore this time around, and still more of those damn rats.

For the most part, the cast is pretty likeable. Alex is a little too Capt Kirk if you asked me, but Trevor as the dope fiend is quite amusing. Alex’s "girlfriend" Jennifer sticks by her man, but we all know in the end, no good will come from their relationship. Tessa is the badass chick you want along no matter what you’re doing. She’s good with the bolt cutters.

If you like the first movie, you will enjoy this one. While it’s not the same movie, so many of the original elements are there that it’s basically a continuation. It’s more comedic than the original, at least while Trevor is around. There story doesn’t become any clearer, in fact, things get a little muddied by the time we hit the end. I have no doubt there will be a 3rd movie in the series to tell us more about the "satanic doctor" and spirits of the ward.

It may not be the greatest of movies, but if you turn down the lights and let this one play, I’m sure it’ll get a jump out of you. It had some laughs, it had some scares, it had some tense moments, it had some cheesy effects. What can I say, I liked it. Let’s face it, it’s not a bad way to spend an hour and a half. A cheesy-ass horror film isn’t always a bad thing.

You can check it out on Amazon or iTunes.

Grave Encounters 2 on Amazon Instant Video

Grave Encounters 2 on iTunes

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Bloodstains – Jeff Mudgett

image I’m fascinated by the premise of this book on many levels. On the one hand we have a man who unsuspectingly finds out he is the grandson of Herman Webster Mudgett, better known by the name H.H. Holmes, the notorious serial killer that built the Murder Castle during the Chicago World’s Fair and killed who knows how many people. And if that wasn’t enough, there is the theory that this same H.H. Holmes left the US, went over to London and continued to commit his acts of murder, but this time under the name, Jack the Ripper. Could such a thing be true? Is it possible that two notorious serial killers could in fact be the same person? The truth is stranger than fiction and there is indeed evidence to support this claim.

I can’t even imagine what it must be like to discover Holmes is part of your family history. To have his personal diaries, his actual notes, and even his confessions in your own hands. Shocking would be an understatement. But then, what to find out or make the case that there could be more to the story? Have other Ripper experts not followed this line because it’s just too outrageous, or did they not have access to the same material?

I haven’t actually had a chance to read this book, but as soon as time permits, I’m all over this thing. The whole thing is just so strange, so unusual, so fantastic. Could Jeff Mudgett actually have the answer for all these years? Is this the crucial piece of evidence everyone’s been waiting for? Experts have already said the handwriting between Holmes and the Ripper is a match. Does Jeff Mudgett and his bizarre family line have the ability give yet more like to Holmes and thus solve the mystery of the Ripper?

And when will an investigation of the old Murder Castle site take place? It’s been hinted at. It’s been alluded to. If anyone has more details don’t be shy about throwing them out!

Bloodstains by Jeff Mudgett
Jack the Ripper’s Identity Discovered via Forensic Evidence.
Jeff Mudgett & Paranormal team to investigate H.H. Holmes historic Murder Castle
The Devil’s Domain – Author Jeff Mudgett joins Darkness Radio to talk about the new link between HH Holmes and Jack the Ripper
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American Horror Story

If you haven’t been watching American Horror Story you’ve been missing out. Although it started slowly, it’s turned into a show that has the right amount of crazy that keeps you watching and guessing about what’s going to happen next. Jessica Lange is one crazy bitch let me tell you! Beneath that Southern Charm lies a shiv waiting to puncture your kidney!

The show has been slowly developing and each new episode reveals a bit more about the power of the house and the people who lived (and died, the dying part is key) there. Some really bizarre and downright creepy stuff has taken place within those walls. If you’ve been playing along, even the infamous Black Dahlia has ties to the house.

I still find the main characters, Ben and Vivian to be two of the most boring characters I’ve seen in a long time. Ben is a downright idiot. He keeps making the same mistakes over and over again and acts like an arrogant ass. Vivian is a hard to deal with, emotionally distraught wife who’s sticking with Ben for reasons I don’t quite understand. But they aren’t the focal point of the show and I think lifelessness is all part of the grand plan. It’s all the other characters that give the story depth and life, which is ironic considering their current circumstance. Their lives and past are far more interesting than watching Ben have yet another "episode". If nothing else, they’re simply pawns in this game, perhaps at the mercy of the past residents or perhaps even the house itself.

I thought it was a bold move to make a serialized horror story, but these guys have nailed it. It’s a dynamic story that intertwines the past and the present, not unlike Lost. Everyday events have their roots in the past and the people we see today may not be who we think they are. I don’t want to give away all the details of the show because there will be a lot of "Holy shit!" moments as you follow along.

This is some seriously good fun in its own morbid little way.

So who’s been watching? What do you think?

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Journal of Bram Stoker surfaces

As is the case with so many of these stories, a journal has surfaced amidst stacks of forgotten papers (how is it that so many people have these lost treasures just sitting around? I mean honestly, if you were given a box of Bram Stoker’s writing wouldn’t you open every book, turn every page and read every word? These lost in the attic stories crack me up). The journal reveals some insight about Dracula, other stories Stoker worked on, his travels and personal details about himself. The new discoveries will be incorporated into a new book called “The Lost Journal”. This sounds like a pretty fascinating discovery.

A bloody good read: ‘Dracula’ author’s journal found

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