My Favorite Found Footage Movies

What’s this? Another non book post??? Well that’s Amanda’s blog for you. Also since I’m in the middle of reading The Silence of the Lambs and the lambs have not stopped screaming I don’t have a review for ya’ll yet lmao. But soon my babies! Soon.

I love horror movies but what I really really love are found footage films. Unforunately good ones are so goddamn hard to find And I mean they’re really hard to find. It sucks. Everybody tries to make a good one and they turn out uh, not so great. They either try to emulate The Blair Witch or Paranormal Activity and it comes out like shit and SIIIGH. I get it they want success and those were huge successes but originality people. Let’s try for that. If you’re like me and you crave a hit of some good FF films I’ve compiled a list of my faves right here. Please also check out this great site right here which lists some good ones and has rankings! I’ve found some pretty good ones that way.

foundfootagecritic.com

Also shout out to my friends Arian, Andrew, Teddy, Miri, Mariah, Dena who always have good suggestions. Love you guys.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Synopsis

Found video footage tells the tale of three film students (Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams) who’ve traveled to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. Over the course of several days, the students interview townspeople and gather clues to support the tale’s veracity. But the project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods and begin hearing horrific noises.

Top tier of all f FF imo. It never even shows what exactly is lurking in these woods and still it terrifies us with the tension and that is what makes it so good. The most memorable scenes are of course Heather breaking down in front of the camera and that end when Mike stands transfixed in the corner We can ignore all the terrible sequels. This movie alone is a cult classic and a legend

Devil’s Pass (2013)

synopsis:

Five Oregon college students set off to find out what happened to the nine hikers who mysteriously died in the Dyatlov Pass incident. Holly and Jensen are co-directors, J.P. and Andy are expert climbers, and Denise is the sound engineer. After the film introduces the characters, Russian-language news discusses the students’ disappearance. The Russian government recovers video footage but refuses to release it to the public; however hackers obtain and release the footage, which forms the rest of the film.

This movie is such a fun and crazy ride. The Dyatlov Pass Incident has always been such an intense mystery and one that I really need to read up more about. Of course, like any horror this all starts off well enough and slow descends into a snowy trip into hell. The end is the most shocking and not one you’re expecting at ALL. It’s definitely worth a watch. It’s not so much as scary as it makes you think about all the conspiracy theories surrounding the government and the incident in general.

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018)

synopsis:

Two teenage boys are recording their exploration of the abandoned Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital, where rumor states that the director of the hospital killed all of the patients and went missing. The two head to Room 402, the intensive care unit, which no one has opened before. They try to open the door but suddenly hear a ping pong ball. Their broadcast abruptly ends. After seeing news of the teenagers’ disappearance, Ha-Joon, the owner of YouTube channel “Horror Times”, decides to explore the building as well.

Guys, I’ve watched this movie at least 10 times. I’ve BOUGHT THIS MOVIE. I BOUGHT IT. That should tell you how great it is. It’s so amazingly creepy. I love it. I love the aspect of it being like a live stream ghost hunt. What kills me about this is the two assholes in the beginning who try to fake everything at first and when things start to get real they get horrifically and truly real. One of my most favorite horror movies. It’s completely in Korean so get used to the subtitles. They’re awesome anyway.

Hell House LLC (2015)

synopsis:

On October 8, 2009, Hell House LLC opened its doors to the public for their annual Halloween haunted tour taking place for the first time outside of New York City and instead in the small town of Abaddon in Rockland County, New York, just outside the city. The Hell House crew had picked the abandoned Abaddon Hotel for their haunt, which would turn into a disaster. By the following morning fifteen tour-goers and staff were confirmed dead at the Hell House attraction. What exactly happened opening night wasn’t clear and authorities only said an “unknown malfunction” occurred that night. It was produced as a “true story” but not all facts can be proven.

I love horror books. I love horror movies. But you will never find my ass at a horror attraction like Hell House. I don’t do scary in real life. Amanda will die and Amanda will come back as a pissed off ghost and I will haunt your twitter timelines. This movie is my nightmare come to life and it’s just so good. It’s wicked and it gives me chills. The amount of scares that it’s given me and I don’t believe there are any jump scares involved. The creepiest part of the movie is when one of the crew members is talking into the camera at the end of the night and doesn’t notice that a clown prop is walking outside of his door and staring right at him. It’s…a lot to take in. And that’s why I’m in love with it.

Lake Mungo (2008)

synopsis:

Alice drowns while swimming and her family begins experiencing inexplicable events in their home. The family hires a parapsychologist whose investigation unveils Alice’s secret double life and leads them all to Lake Mungo.

What would you do if you saw your death walking towards you and you knew there was nothing you could do to stop it? Alice Palmer saw her fate one night and drowned within inches of her family and ever since then she has haunted them. At least that’s what her brother thinks. Lake Mungo isn’t so much a horror story as it is a mockumentary about grief and loss. It’s about letting go of family members who have left us far too early. Don’t get me wrong it is haunting but you’ll go away feeling more sad than anything. You’ll wonder if this phenomena will ever happen to you as well.

And thus, my list of faves.

Here are a few more I would write about if I had the time:

  • Noroi: The Curse
  • Grave Encounters
  • The Borderlands
  • The Last Exorcism

Ending it here because my darling child is still sick and we have to get ready for a fun doctor’s appointment. What FF movies are your faves? And have you seen any of these? Let me know in the comments!

27 thoughts on “My Favorite Found Footage Movies

  1. If you like found footage approach and don’t mind a YA book Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall is an epistolary novel using transcripts of interviews, written testimony, transcripts of phone footage etc.
    Tells the story of a group of teenagers who follow an ‘urban legend’ of a ghost road in the woods in the hope of finding a girl who went missing. Super creepy book!!

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    1. oh my goddd I just finished reading that like two weeks ago and absolutely LOVED IT. it scared the living hell out of me and is one of my favorite books this year. it’s one of those rare books that did found footage so very well.

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  2. And here is a post featuring a list of films that I will never watch………………………………………. except blair witch because I was idiot enough to watch that back in the day XDDDDDDDDDDD
    How is Juliet though??? I know this post was yesterday so I hope the doctor’s visit went well???? So horrible that the little one is still so poorly. Sending you both love dearest Amanda <33333333

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    1. LMAO i’m still shocked you watched that
      ugh her fever keeps coming back and i’m so OVER IT
      I swear somebody always gets sick in my house in october but she’s resting up and fighting me to take her meds so she’ll make a full recovery lmaoo

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