Posted by Akari Kekse
Akari Kekse

Ghouls are invading our streets. Werewolves are living next to us. Zombies are shopping in our malls. Should we be afraid of these manifestations of evil? Of course not. This only mean one thing: Halloween has arrived — the best time of the year. It is time to celebrate! How? Watching horror movies, of course.

There are millions of great horror films to chose from, but I want to suggest a good selection of found footage films. Why found footage? Because I believe, that despite all the hate, there are excellent movies of this sub-genre that deserve to be known.

Why these movies? I think that they bring something new to the genre. Let's face it: Originality is dying, so it is refreshing to see movies that are pushing the envelope. I choose a great variety of subjects. Do you like aliens? Check. Zombies? Check. What about ghosts and ghouls? Check and check. You will find in here all that you need in order to make your Halloween more enjoyable (and scarier).

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1. Evidence

Have you heard about Big Foot? Do you believe that he exists? Ryan, a man filming a documentary in a forest, recorded something bizarre by chance: a strange creature. He thinks that it is Big Foot. He gets excited because he think he's discovered evidence of its existence and he wants more. He is about to find that Big Foot is not alone. Something scarier than him is also lurking that forest and it will bring the real nightmare.

There has been a boom in the last few years of found footage movies about Big Foot (Willow Creek comes to mind). In my humble opinion, this one is the best (I would also recommend Exists). Why? Because this one takes the premise and, in a big twist, it gives us something unexpected and terribly wonderful. The second half of this movie is incredibly tense and action-packed and it takes it to another whole level.

2. Frankenstein's Army

We all know this: War is hell. It is hard to imagine a more terrible experience, but this film shows us that there are more terrible things waiting for us. Sergeant Novikov leads his troop into a strange town to look for his missed comrades in the middle of World War 2. They are brave men, but nobody is prepared to endure the horrors that they are about to find in that damned place.

This movie excels over all other found footage films in one single aspect: creature design (Digging Up The Marrow is also up there). The monsters (horrible beings made of human cadavers and complex machinery) are incredibly original, terrifying, detailed and imaginative. Imagine a cross between the monsters of Silent Hill and Bioshock and you will only scratch the surface.

3. Ghoul

Cannibalism is one of the most terrifying taboos in the world. It is hard to imagine a more terrible and deplorable act, but that doesn't stop our obsession with this horrific act. A group of investigators are filming a documentary about a devastating famine that led the people of a small Ukrainian town to resort to cannibalism for survival. A local leads the team to the house of one of those damned inhabitants of yore. Unknowlingly, they play with forces that are beyond their comprehension and soon realize that evil never dies.

This movie is based on a real-life cannibal, Andrei Chikatilo, a Soviet serial killer, nicknamed the Butcher of Rostov (among others). It also deals with the dangers of playing Ouija. So if you like any of these subjects, this movie is for you.

4. The Houses October Built

Do you like haunted houses? It wouldn't feel like Halloween without visiting at least one of these traditional buildings during this special time of year. Brandy, Zack, and Bobby know this perfectly well — they have decided to visit the scariest houses available in the country. Their trip will lead them to some horrifying places, but as spooky as they are, they aren't real, right? After all, these attractions are made for a few thrills and spooks, so nothing can get wrong. Or, at least, that's what they naively believe.

This one has a great premise that, in my opinion, delivers in a good way. It has some creepy villains and the last act is really intense and terrifying. It is the classic story of a normal situation going terribly awry. Watch it if you like films like Strangers.

5. Area 51

According to the myth, a UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico decades ago. This is considered to be one of the greatest events in ufology. This accident is the origin for thousands of legends and has inspired countless movies, TV shows, and documentaries. In this film, Reid and his friends are trying to find the truth behind this story. They plan to investigate the infamous Area 51, the site of the crash, a building where the government's top secrets are buried. Will they find what they are looking for?

This is a good horror film with an awesome third act (it seems that found footage horror films are fighting to get the wackiest and most exciting final act possible). If you like films about aliens or conspiracy theories, I think you will enjoy this one.

6. Skinwalker Ranch

A few years ago, a boy disappeared mysteriously on a ranch. The strange incident was recorded by his dad. Now, a group of investigators have arrived at the ranch and are looking for answers. They are about to collect creepy evidence that defies all logical and scientific explanation.

This film is also based on a real-life event. A group scientists did investigate the ranch and one of them wrote a book about the terrible experiences they lived through. This is one of the greatest paranormal events ever recorded by a human and is a film that all UFO fanatics have to see.

7. Unfriended

A group of friends are spending the night chatting online. Everything seems to be OK until strange things start happening. A strange force is controlling their computers and forcing them to play a deadly game. Someone (or something) hasn't forgotten the things that they have done and it is looking for revenge.

One of the most original films on this list. Unlike most other found footage films, you will experience this one through the screen of a laptop, so you will feel really immersed in the events. According to IMDb, a sequel is in the works, so if you haven't seen this one, try to check it before the new one is released.

So what other great found footage horror films have you watched? Let me know in the comment section below!

I hope you enjoy this list!

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