Me and my bad movie watching buds have recently found a new obsession in garbo movies which are low budget found footage horror movies. We recently watched one about werewolves that was minorly incomprehensible off of a “bargain multiple horror movies on one dvd” pack (which i collect). It was so much fun and we’re looking for more. So i ask you guys if you’ve seen any stinky found footage horror movies that are worth some stupid jokes with friends.
I can’t recall the name, but I once saw this Norwegian found footage movie where the film students encounter a troll hunter and end up following him. This isn’t some Winchester Boys vengeance-driven-type hunter. He’s more akin to a Park Service employee responsible for keeping Norway’s troll population in check.
Apollo 18 has three or four good moments (and one is an end title card), the rest is absolute trash worth mocking.
As for others, if you sort this list by lowest to highest ratings, I’m sure youll find some good Found Footage Garbage: Found Footage, a list of films by Ryan Redpath • Letterboxd
It’s kind of silly, but it looks great.
I dunno why but FFH are my favorite type of horror movies, Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity, Marble Hornets. Once you might want to seek out is Hell House LLC
I confess, I liked Paranormal Activity along the two sequels I saw and the Blair Witch Project. I also liked Cloverfield. I wanted to like the Last Exorcism but it had an ending problem. It didn’t look like found footage as much as Manos-level cheap.
I think the main problem with Blair Witch is that the people making it didn’t understand that you still have to follow the basic narrative rules when making a found footage film, while disguising that’s what you are doing. Cloverfield, for example, did this brilliantly. Blair Witch ended up being boring in parts, although overall I found it very creepy.
I agree with you for anything being made now, entering the established genre, but I can’t be with you regarding the original Blair Witch Project because the entire concept relies on a sense of authenticity, and there is nothing more authentic to a student documentary than copious amounts of non-content that the kids involved think is worth filming.
To be fair, there wasn’t really anything like Blair Witch before it came out, so its flaws are a product of it being the first of its kind.
IMO, they just needed to make it feel like copious amounts of non-content. The audience still needed to be carried along. I have more patience than some people, so I didn’t mind, but some audiences members were certainly bored.
On the the other hand, if you didn’t know what you were watching it could be quite disturbing.
When my friend and I went to see it in the theater, a woman in front of us had brought a number of children. I have no idea why she did this, maybe she hadn’t read anything about the movie. Anyway the children were very unhappy. One child kept asking, “where’s Josh? Where’s Josh?” She tried to shush them with, “it’s just a stupid movie.” However, she stayed until the end for some reason. I wanted to say, “Josh is dead, kid,” but I’m not quite that mean.
Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County is good and cheesy.
The V.H.S. films are all compilations of found footage. Some of the short stories are better than others (naturally), but I thought most of the shorts were pretty good.
Yeah, I think we can agree Blair Witch was the first of its kind, for better and worse.
Cannibal Holocaust is also a “found footage” movie. That is, the premise of the movie is that the protagonists stumble across footage shot in the jungle. And I’m not convinced it was the first commercial attempt, either. (There are two others from the '60s listed at Wikipedia that are experimental/avant-garde.)
What is interesting to me is that the first gothic horror novel, The Castle of Otranto is the literary equivalent of a “found footage” story. Horace Walpole claimed he had found an old Italian’s diary and—you get the picture.
I remember when BWP came out and people were like “It’s real!” I just thought, “Somewhere, William Castle is smiling.”
Here’s a found footage movie from 1988:
I remember the concept for The Chernobyl Diaries was intriguing, and when it was available to stream free on an app, I saw it…and was incredibly let down.
How could you take the concept of what the meltdown of a nuclear power plant and a huge exclusion zone might bring about…and reduce it to…to THAT!?
This one is pretty good.
Mere months before the Blair Witch:
I was in High School when I rented Blair Witch, and at the time I personally thought it was a snooze fest. I haven’t rewatched it since but maybe you’re right.
I watched both Cloverfield and the first Paranormal Activity through Rifftrax, and even though the riffs for both were hilarious I also didn’t like the films either. I honestly had to pause the Rifftrax version of Cloverfield because I was feeling a little nauseous! I know Cloverfield was infamous for all of the camera shaking and that when it was released, theaters warned that it could cause moviegoers to feel nauseous as well.