10 Best Found Footage Horror Films You’ve Never Seen
Think “Paranormal Activity” is scary? You’ve seen nothing yet.
4. Lake Mungo
This Australian gem is more of a mockumentary than a found-footage film but it does incorporate that element quite a few times in the film. It follows the family of Alice Palmer after she accidentally drowns and passes away, and the grief that they are dealing with. But soon they realize that Alice had been hiding a lot of secrets and her presence can still be felt. It’s such a well-made and spooky film that you wouldn’t believe it’s made up if you tuned in mid-way on TV. Suspenseful and intriguing from start to end, ‘Lake Mungo’ is a must-see for those into psychological horror of the more dramatic sort. Enjoy it before the American remake in development ruins it all.
3. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
This one’s not technically a found-footage film and more of a mockumentary but it’s well-done enough to be worth an entry here especially with the clever premise that it carries. It follows a documentary crew who is following a serial killer and documenting his everyday life. Throughout the movie, he explains how he finds his victims and kills them. Any slasher fan would have a kick out of the film since it’s a self-aware parody on the tropes of the slasher genre. Slowly, events become to happen that turns it into a very cleverly constructed version of what it’s parodying in the first place and it’s an enjoyable film to watch for horror fans that manages to craft an original new slasher villain unintentionally.
2. Home Movie
The most subtly creepy way of using found-footage is through home videos that families make, which is a natural fit for the format and it was high time someone used it to chilling effect. ‘Home Movie’ seems uneventful for the first act, but underneath all the fun and games that the family is having there is a sinister undertone that you just know something is going on. It’s a slow-build but a very interesting story that ends up in a very shocking finale. It’s an original and well-constructed horror movie that will definitely satisfy your horror bug even you’re patient enough with it.