Favorite Found Footage Films
The title is an alliteration, so this might be good - Found footage films are somewhat polarizing in that most people either hate them, love them, or get sick watching them. Found Footage Films can produce a big scare on a low budget, or produce amazing visuals on higher budgets.
- 1.The Blair Witch ProjectThree film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. The Blair Witch Project was my first experience with Found Footage Films, and probably a lot of other people’s as well, but it still seems like one of the most believable of the many found footage films out there.
- 2.V/H/SWhen a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for. VHS is a collection of found footage tapes, editing between another found footage film. I love these movies as it generally brings a few different directors together to create one off experiences.
- 3.Quarantine/RECA television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. Quarantine is the American remake of REC. A lot of people may say that REC is better, however in my opinion the American remake did an amazing job in recreating everything that is good about REC.
- 4.The SacramentA news team trails a man as he travels into the world of Eden Parish to find his missing sister, where it becomes apparent that this paradise may not be as it seems. This movie is supposed to be a VICE documentary and it feels like one, up until things start going wrong.
- 5.CloverfieldA group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack. I love this movie because it lets you experience a Godzilla-like monster attack from the first person perspective. You get a better appreciation for the scale of the monster, and it provides some visually interesting perspectives.
- 6.As Above, So BelowWhen a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. I don’t think that this movie did so well in theatres, however I thought it was really well done. It had some interesting lore and made me wish for a Tomb Raider movie shot in the first person.
- 7.The Taking of Deborah LoganWhat is taking Deborah Logan? Some memories are worth forgetting. This movie follows a film crew as they document Alzheimer’s, however there is something much worse.
- 8.The TunnelAn investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them. This is another one that is incredibly realistic and could have actually started out as a real documentary. This was a really low-budget film that used the darkness to it’s advantage.
- 9.Lake MungoFollows a family in mourning after the accidental death of their sixteen year old daughter. The family then experiences a series of strange and inexplicable events centered in and around their home. I felt terrible after watching this movie, fairly realistic and a sad story, but still leaves you questioning things.
- 10.CreepWhen a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems. This movie is great because at a certain part the focus point of the film reverses and leaves you very unsettled.