Eh. Grave Encounters wasn’t bad in the manner of cheesy, low-expectation SyFy channel fare. I gauge it to have been worthwhile to watch through Netflix, but having spent real money on the DVD would’ve irritated me. If anyone’s looking for a truly terrible rendition of a similar idea then check out Episode 50 — a pukeworthy found-footage ripoff of Matheson’s Hell House. Blech.
Browsing through my streaming history, here are some un-slashery horror flicks I’ve fairly recently either enjoyed or not been disappointed to watch:
Shiver: A Spanish film not quite up to the excellence of some of its peers, but nevertheless better than most of the competition. A bit of violence but not much.
Occupant: A guy’s stuck in the NYC apartment of his recently-deceased grandmother for two weeks or thereabouts. Insanity ensues. Suitably creepy but it tries too hard, really, and suffers for it.
Shutter: A Thai film set pretty firmly in the mold of Asian horror. Slow-boiling but very well put together.
The House of the Devil: Brilliant stylistic throwback to the Satanic Scare films of the 80s. Not really a parody so much as an homage, and very well worth watching. Just a bit of gore here and there.
A Tale of Two Sisters: Korean; botchedly remade in the US as The Uninvited. Predictable, maybe, but the creepiness level is strong here.
For somewhat gorier fare …
Saint Nick: A Dutch film that’s pretty much exactly what the title makes it sound like. Far better than it has any right to be.
Quarantine 2: Sequel to the American remake of REC. Yeah, it has a gimmick — Zombies on a Plane — but (again) it’s better than it has any right to be.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil: Brilliant slasher reversal/parody. Highly amusing, though if you’re familiar with genuine WV accents this might make you cringe.
You might also check out the Masters of Horror series, which I think is still entirely available. Some of them are very good, and they’re only an hour long or so — I particularly liked The V Word.