Embrace it! Found footage is here to stay. Though this sub-genre is often unfairly judged as an ugly step-sister of legitimate horror, it actually holds some of the most innovative, interesting, and scary films in recent years.  Kelly gives you her recommendations for falling in love with found footage – 13 films streaming right now.

 

The Blair Witch Project (1999, Netflix Instant)


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Here is the one that started it all, kids.  Now that found footage film has become a cornerstone of modern horror, it is worth your 80 minutes to re-watch this groundbreaking movie – it is one of the best.

 

Devil’s Backbone, Texas (2015, Netflix Instant)

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For some reason, this movie has been overlooked – an incredible and terrifying blend of fiction and reality, starring and based upon the life of director, Jake Wade Wall.  Watch this one and spread the word – great little movie.

 

Lunopolis (2009, Netflix Instant

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A fun, quirky, interesting conspiracy-themed found footage movie – requires the suspension of disbelief in a good chunk of the movie, but a very enjoyable story.

 

Trollhunter (2010, Netflix & Amazon Prime)

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Foreign horror can be tricky, but even if you are typically averse to reading subtitles, trust me that this one is worth the effort.  Utterly unique, hilarious, and already in production for an American remake – watch the Norwegian original and thank me later!

 

The Sacrament (2013, Netflix Instant)

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Ti West (who brought us ‘House of the Devil’) creates a very interesting, unnerving found footage spin on a cult classic – no, really, the classic theme of cults.  The story is reminiscent of the Jonestown Massacre story, but unique and creepy and incredibly entertaining.

 

V/H/S (2012, Netflix Instant & Amazon Prime) & V/H/S/2 (2013, Netflix Instant)

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The first two movies in this franchise were brilliant – vignettes tied together by a creepy wrap-around story, with pieces directed by horror greats such as Ti West, Adam Wingard, and Eduardo Sanchez.

 

Devil’s Pass (2013, Netflix Instant)

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If you haven’t heard of the Dyatlov Pass incident, look it up.  Absolutely creepy.  Then watch this movie – even creepier.

 

Banshee Chapter (2013, Netflix Instant)

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Government conspiracy, MK-ULTRA, terrifying entities in the dark, and a character based on Hunter S. Thompson – do you need any more convincing?

 

Mr. Jones (2013, Netflix Instant)

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This is one that many who don’t like found footage have still enjoyed. It has quite an interesting ending – and will change the way you look a public art instalments.

 

Creep (2014, Netflix Instant)

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With a very small cast (Mark Duplass & Patrick Brice), this movie pulls off an incredible degree of, well, creepiness with a level of acting that isn’t often seen in the horror genre. If you only watch one movie on this list, make it this one – and then listen to our review and interview with director, Patrick Brice.

 

The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014, Netflix Instant)

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A possession movie that plays on your heart strings by involving Alzheimer’s in the plotline, then scares the hell out of you with some truly disturbing scenes.

 

Dark Mountain (2014, Amazon Prime)

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A fun little flick, based on the real-life legends surrounding the Superstition Mountains in Arizona.

 

The Houses October Built (2014, Netflix Instant)

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This unique and very creepy flick flew under the radar when it came out last year, but it is definitely worth a watch. The topic is a new one – a group of friends driving around, looking for the best and most extreme “Haunted House” attraction in the country.

6 Comments

  1. Ravenrose23
    February 27, 2016 at 7:04 AM — Reply

    Lunopolis is the only one I haven’t seen and is no longer on Netflix. Another great found footage movie is The Den. A woman is on an app similar to snap chat, randomly talking to people around the world when she begins getting disturbing messages. The police can’t or won’t do anything because there is no proof that any of it is real.

  2. Alex B.
    July 2, 2016 at 9:47 AM — Reply

    I had to sign up for a vpn service to watch amazon content :(. I used arcvpn, but it’s really silly they can’t just provide me access!

  3. CMB
    August 13, 2016 at 7:29 PM — Reply

    The Den was really good. Also just watched one on Netflix this morning I thought was pretty good. Leaving DC. Very creepy.

  4. Jake
    August 29, 2016 at 11:33 PM — Reply

    I just watched Leaving DC right now. Literally finished it & was searching for some explanations on the ending of it & ended up here. Great film btw. The best found footage I’ve seen recently was Exhibit A. About the disintegration of a middle class family in England, filmed by the teenage daughter.

  5. Michelle
    September 14, 2016 at 7:19 AM — Reply

    The only movies that are still on Netflix from this list are The Den, Creep, Mr. Jones, The Sacrament, and Troll Hunter. Is there another place I can watch the movies not up anymore?

  6. Tim Godfrey
    January 28, 2017 at 6:41 PM — Reply

    Exists is another that was surprisingly entertaining. Nice little twist at the end as well.

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