What is a 'found footage' horror film and how do I find one?

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Movies_and_Music

     Maybe you've heard the term 'found footage' kicked around when it comes to films and wondered what it meant.  Well, a found footage film is a movie, often a horror movie, that centers its plot around amateur film footage typically, but not always, left behind  or 'found' in the aftermath of a disaster or event.  Sometimes these types of films are called 'mockumentaries' due to their resemblance to real-life events.  The footage documents what transpired during the events and becomes the plot and entirety of the film.  Because this type of film is generally affordable to produce, the genre has taken off in recent years and it seems like anyone and everyone is making them.  But be careful!  Not all of them are worth a watch...but here's a few that are!  You can find these titles in the SCCLD collection. 

Enjoy and happy horrors to you!

- Anne

 

V/H/S

V/H/S

When a group of petty criminals is hired to steal a VHS tape from a creepy, seemingly deserted house, they end up with a lot more than they bargained for in this horror anthology featuring six short films from some of today's up-and-coming horror directors.

 

WARNING:  This film contains EXTREME gore and some nudity.

Chronicle

Chronicle

A group of high school friends stumble upon a mysterious portal in the ground and after investigating it, they realize they have changed...at first for the better but as time goes on, things take a turn for the worse.  Though not technically a horror film, 'Chronicle' packs in a lot of adventure, decent acting and nice special effects!

The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project

Often considered the 'original' found footage horror film, The Blair Witch Project tells the story of three friends who seek to make a documentary film about the local legend of the Blair Witch, a child murderer who supposedly haunts the Maryland woods.  This film had a lot of hype surrounding it when it was released, and with good reason.  It continues to bring the chills with its creepy back story, filmography and subtle thrills.  This is definitely a movie that gets better with age and with repeated viewings!

Cloverfield

 

Cloverfield DVD cover

Cloverfield

Something is attacking New York City.  Not just something, but something VERY large and monstrous.  'Cloverfield' is the name of a government sanctioned project, and the events surrounding it are seen through a video camera found in what was 'formerly known as Central Park.'  The footage follows a group of friends and the horrifying and unimaginable happenings that occured over the span of one night.  This film is known for its super-shaky camera work which many viewers may find dizzying, but if you can stomach that sort of rapid movement, you're in for one wild ride with 'Cloverfield!'

 Rec

Rec

When a television reporter and her cameraman filming a ride-a-long with a local fire station arrive at the scene of an apartment building answering a call regarding a distressed and sick elderly woman, things quickly go from a routine night's work to a nightmare of illness, suspicion and mayhem!  'Rec' is a Spanish-language film and it definitely delivers the chills and gore with its claustrophobic camera angles and creepy, edge-of-your-seat action!

P.S.  The movie  Quarantine, also in the SCCLD catalog, is a remake of 'Rec,' for those viewers who may not enjoy foreign-language films with English subtitles.

 

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