Since the release of The Blair Witch Project back in 1999, we have seen a slew of found footage films thrown at us over the years, some good while others we could not wait to forget about. Tomorrow a new terror will be released as we explore a found footage film, Phoenix Forgotten, based on the actual events of mysterious lights that appeared over Phoenix, Arizona which has become known as “The Phoenix Lights.” The truth will be revealed on April 21, 2017, in select theaters. To kick off the celebration of this film, I decided it would be perfect to list my Top 8 found footage films that have been released over the past eighteen years.
Check out the trailer for the new phenomena known as Phoenix Forgotten Directed by Justin Barber & Written by T.S. Nowlin and Justin Barber.
Counting Down From #8 The Top Eight Found Footage Films.
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#8 Apollo 18 (2011).
Decades-old found footage from NASA’s abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon.
Director: Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego
Writer: Brian Miller
Stars: Warren Christie, Llyod Own, Ryan Robbins
#7 The Last Exorcism (2010)
A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.
Director: Daniel Stamm.
Writers: Huck Botko, Andrew Gurland.
Stars: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr.
#6 Cloverfield (2008).
A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.
Director: Matt Reeves.
Writer: Drew Goddard.
Stars: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan.
#5 The Devil Inside (2012).
In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.
Director: William Brent Bell.
Writers: William Brent Bell, Matthew Peterman.
Stars: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth.
#4 REC (2007).
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.
Director: Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza.
Writers: Jaume Balaguero, Luis Berdejo, Paco Plaza.
Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano.
#3 Unfriended (2014).
A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.
Director: Levan Gabriadze.
Writer: Nelson Greaves.
Stars: Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson.
#2 The Blair Witch Project (1999).
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.
Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez.
Writers: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez.
Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard.
#1 Paranormal Activity (2007).
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.
Director: Oren Peli.
Writer: Oren Peli.
Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs.
*All Film Narratives Courtesy of IMDb.com*
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Ryan T. Cusick is a writer for ihorror.com and very much enjoys conversation and writing about anything within the horror genre. Horror first sparked his interest after watching the original, The Amityville Horror when he was the tender age of three. Ryan lives in California with his wife and Eleven-year-old daughter, who is also expressing interest in the horror genre. Ryan recently received his Master’s Degree in Psychology and has aspirations to write a novel. Ryan can be followed on Twitter @Nytmare112