10 Best Found Footage Horror Films You’ve Never Seen
Think “Paranormal Activity” is scary? You’ve seen nothing yet.
Heavily inspired by ‘Blair Witch Project’, ‘Re-Cut’ is less of a horror movie but more of a thriller that has a great mythology and setting behind it. Thankfully, it manages to exceed expectations and actually delivers a pretty creepy and sometimes disturbing story that may be light on scares but pays off in a satisfying manner.
9. Grave Encounters
It was about time someone used the found-footage format to do a ‘TV show gone wrong’ horror film, and ‘Grave Encounters’ is exactly that. Following a team of ghost-hunters who decide to stay in a haunted asylum for an episode of their TV show, things go downhill and in very creepy territory as the film goes on. There’s some chilling moments and lots of suspense, even though the third act may be a little too over the top for some viewers. Regardless, it’s a polished film that does something new with the format.
8. Cannibal Holocaust
Most people attribute the invention of found-footage films to ‘The Blair Witch Project’. But the grand-daddy of found-footage films might even be the most controversial of them all even after 30 years. ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ is way back from 1980 and follows an American professor investigating the disappearance of a group of documentarians who went into the jungle to film a tribe of local cannibals. The film is graphic and exploitative, being definitely not for everyone but effective on its own. It was notorious back in its day for having live animal killings on screen because they didn’t have a budget to use props. In fact, the film looks so real that people began to think it’s a snuff film and the filmmakers were ordered to court to prove that it was not. It’s the kind of publicity that studios wish they could buy nowadays, but ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ is still remembered as a found-footage film that even inspired ‘The Blair Witch Project’ which went ahead to steal all the thunder.