Go off the deep end!
The characters of Grave Encounters 2 are more exposed and, in some cases, more relatable than those of the original film. Possession starts much before the new protagonists even get inside the haunted asylum, which inevitably triggers the first of many shivers. The new cast, in the second act, relive the events of Part 1 in a compressed manner before all hell breaks loose in the third one.
The “Vicious Brothers” handled the script ingeniously. They surpassed themselves with a greater mindfuck that puts the first film to shame. This is, in a way, what many hoped the sequel to The Blair Witch Project had been. The cameras used to shield us from the scares and are now manipulated by the ghosts against the lead characters and the audience; breaking the fourth wall and our comfort zone.
Grave Encouters 2 isn’t flawless. It is filled with cliches and stereotypical event; borrowing many of its key moments and visuals from 1999’s House on Haunted Hill. The ghost designs are generic post-production tricks we’ve seen a dozen times before. There are legit jump scares and cheap ones; plot twists as well as plot holes, but, as a whole, this is a massive improvement.