10 Best Found Footage Horror Films You’ve Never Seen
Think “Paranormal Activity” is scary? You’ve seen nothing yet.
Coming straight out of Norway, this found-footage mockumentary is the most unique in storyline from any of the films mentioned here. It deals with a documentary crew in Norway going about to investigate a series of mysterious murders. After a bit of nosing around, they find a troll-hunter and find out that huge trolls actually still exist in the modern world and are not just a myth. From there on out, it’s a thrilling ride although not easily categorized as a horror film. There are some very suspenseful action sequences and excellent CGI that makes it all very believable. Even though the plot begins to drag mid-way, there are some unique themes here that Hollywood has never done before including an interesting religious angle that comes into play. Hollywood has already announced a remake, but the film feels so seeped into the Norwegian culture that it would be hard to translate it for American audiences without losing much of its power.
6. Exhibit A
Exhibit A wouldn’t really classify as an all-out horror film, but it decides to be much more subtle and psychological. It’s by far the most realistic portrayal I’ve seen of a deconstruction of a happy family. Just like ‘Home Movie’ did, the film uses amateur footage recorded by the daughter of the family to tell the story of a family that seems very jolly on the outside but slowly disintegrates into a terrifying conclusion. It’s extremely relatable in its themes and shines in terms of acting and realism that was much-needed for a film of this sort. Without bringing in the supernatural, the film uses every-day family household things to craft a terrifying and tragic tale that needs to be seen even with its flaws. The best part? Somehow, you can watch it legally for free right now on Youtube right here.
5. Megan Goes Missing
While most found-footage movies are based on people recording video on cameras, ‘Megan Goes Missing’ takes a different approach to it. It incorporates footage from webcams, mobile phones and surveillance cameras to craft an effective but disturbing cautionary tale about the dangers of the internet. It’s not a horror movie per se, but the final twenty minutes of the film are no less horrifying. In fact, the final twenty minutes literally make the movie what it is – a brutal, unflinching but very real scenario that’s not everyone’s cup of tea and will disturb you majorly if you’re a teenage girl or a parent. Suffice to say that you’ll think twice before ever letting your kids loose on the internet again. It doesn’t shy away from details and manages to keep the viewer gripped in the story throughout building to an unforgettable finale. It may not be the most polished film and has its flaws, but it’s a must-see low budget film just for the way it tackles a real-life issue through the found-footage medium.
- Into the Woods
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
- Gone with the Wind
- Get Santa