I love exploring different movie genres. Over the past ten years or so, an interesting genre has gained attention as more “found” footage has been turned into movies with story lines. Some make sense while others, well, you have to see for yourself. Sometimes I have to remind myself that this is the best the movie maker could do.
One of the biggest problems I have with some of these movies is the premise that one or two characters have a camera, but both are shown at the same time when they’re supposed to be alone. That’s when I smile; it’s a movie that got made. That’s all that counts.
These movies may be be viewed online at different sites, rented or purchased from various vendors. They would make interesting additions to any movie collection.
Blair Witch Project (1999)
This is one of the most widely advertised films of the genre. Audiences flocked to theatres and screamed in terror at some of the scenes. I guess people believed the beginning credits that claim none of the party has ever been seen again, but are making other films and were being interviewed about the film. It wasn’t made with a large budget, and it shows. Perhaps that’s part of the charm. It’s success at theatres led to many other films being made in the “lost footage” format.
This movie was big budget, set in a large city and was a total let down at the box office. I love this movie because it is what it is. When the city is being destroyed by an alien monster, what else do you do but grab a camera and film your friends falling apart, running for your lives and people being killed?
While there are other films with the same name, none of them have the same scary story line like this film. A reporter goes to get a story, and finds the front door locked with quarantine tape across the front. Things get worse as military forces in biohazard suits start showing up and taking blood from people. Worse still, something is happening inside and no one is telling the occupants anything. This movie is make-your-blood-run-cold chilling.
8213: Gacy House (2010)
A group of paranormal investigators spends the night at the house where the infamous serial killer, John Gacy, molested, killed and buried nearly three dozen boys. Things begin to happen that no one can explain; as the evening progresses, events go from mild to dangerous. If you ever wondered what it might be like to spend a night in a house where true horror took place, watch this first.
Two sisters are reportedly lost in Japan and this film made up of tapes found in rubble are all that is left. The two are almost always filmed together while neither is carrying a camera. No one ever mentions a cameraman, stops to recharge the batteries, or carries extra tapes. Japan is being attacked by monsters and no news has been released to the rest of the world. Now, in an age of cell phone videos, social media and the internet, how would this not be seen around the world? Watch this movie with tounge-in-cheek. It’s an interesting story line, but alas, the creature is never seen in full.
This is the movie that inspired “Quarantine.” It’s from Spain and the story begins with reporters following emergency health workers entering a building. From there, things are blood curdling and terrifying. This is far scarier than the American movie; this is one horror fans will truly enjoy.
Paranormal Entity (2009)
The premise of this movie is based on a real murder; the advertisements claim the movie was released against the wishes of the authorities. Although a person was convicted of the crime, the movie’s premise is that someone/something else is responsible based on “found film footage.”
Paranormal Activity (2007)
A couple begins their life in a seemingly innocuous starter home. Every time they go to bed however, strange things begin to happen. To try to garner some sort of explanation and provide evidence, they set up a camera and begin to film the events. The way the film is made, the rawness of the scenes and the “non-Hollywood style” film techniques adds to the spookiness of the film. Renowned filmmaker Stephen Spielberg was unnerved while screening the movie; he watched it only during the day. I highly recommend the same.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Warning: this film should not be viewed by children. It contains disturbing sequences of rape, animal cruelty and death. There were rumors that this was a snuff film, which led it to being banned in several countries. I wish I hadn’t watched this movie. I have a strong constitution after being a paramedic, but this movie rattled my cage.
Death Of A Ghost Hunter (2007)
A famous ghost hunter and a skeptic investigates a home where gruesome murders took place. She is generally hired to debunk haunting claims in order to help property owners sell at decent prices. As she and a film crew set up to document the house, unexplainable and scary things begin to take place. There are good scares in the film and the techniques used are skillful. The movie can be offensive to religious viewers, so before you invite religious friends, view it yourself.
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