The found footage phenomenon began around the time that the first Blair Witch Project movie was released. When people first saw the film, they were wowed and genuinely thought that the film was a real snuff film. There are people still to this day that believe that the Blair Witch Project is a legitimate documentary filmed by students that are still missing. That’s part of the beauty of found footage films, at least with the first one that’s released in a series, is that you do kind of question the reality of everything for a moment.
In the past so many years, there has been an influx of found footage films. There’s the zombie movies from Spain, Rec, which while the first two are strictly found Footage the third one goes off to non-found footage. Quarantine is the re-make of Rec, only in an English version. Cloverfield was a really well done science fiction monster found footage film, proving that too much motion can cause issues. But then came Paranormal Activity, which is what really started the re-boot of found footage films. The series has generally pretty subtle scares, and it was done on a low budget, which meant great things for amateur directors.
There are more movies from the found footage genre. Including the anthology V/H/S which just released it’s sequel V/H/S/2.
The beauty of found footage films is that literally anyone can make them. There are quite a few found footage films that are on youtube, usually based off of stories from the horror website Creepypasta. They’re a good way to start into the business, and they’re also a good way to go on a small budget. You can really have any kind of camera, you only need limited amount of people that will actually be on screen, and the scares don’t have to be quite as big.
Gotta love the found footage area of horror.
Let us know your favorite “found footage” horror movie in the comments below.