ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
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Found footage horror movies can be a divisive topic: the news that the new Friday the 13th movie would be a found footage horror was met with something between outrage and distaste by fans, but when done well, found footage can open some wonderfully terrifying doors. Check out the 30 best ever found footage horror movies.

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30. The Den

'The Den' [Credit: IFC Midnight]
'The Den' [Credit: IFC Midnight]
  • Released: 2013
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Social Media
  • Related Movies: Bound to Vengeance

29. Creep

'Creep' [Credit: The Orchard]
'Creep' [Credit: The Orchard]
  • Released: 2014
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Murder
  • Related Movies: Man Vs.

28. August Underground

'August Underground' [Credit: Toetag Pictures]
'August Underground' [Credit: Toetag Pictures]
  • Released: 2001
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Murder
  • Related Movies: Flowers of Flesh & Blood

27. The Bay

'The Bay' [Credit: Lionsgate]
'The Bay' [Credit: Lionsgate]
  • Released: 2012
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Contagion
  • Related Movies: Piranha

26. Megan is Missing

'Megan is Missing' [Credit: Anchor Bay Films]
'Megan is Missing' [Credit: Anchor Bay Films]
  • Released: 2011
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Murder
  • Related Movies: Wolf Creek



25. Evidence

'Evidence' [Credit: Image Entertainment]
'Evidence' [Credit: Image Entertainment]
  • Released: 2013
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Murder
  • Related Movies: The Call

24. Noroi: The Curse

 'Noroi: The Curse' [Credit: Xanadeux Company]
'Noroi: The Curse' [Credit: Xanadeux Company]
  • Released: 2005
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Curse
  • Related Movies: Ring

23. Digging Up The Marrow

'Digging Up The Marrow' [Credit: Image Entertainment]
'Digging Up The Marrow' [Credit: Image Entertainment]
  • Released: 2014
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Monsters
  • Related Movies: The Hallow

22. Afflicted

'Afflicted' [Credit: CBS Films]
'Afflicted' [Credit: CBS Films]
  • Released: 2014
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Vampires
  • Related Movies: Spring

21. Pandemic

'Pandemic' [Credit: XLrator Media]
'Pandemic' [Credit: XLrator Media]
  • Released: 2016
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Zombies
  • Related Movies: Dawn of the Dead

20. VHS

'VHS' [Credit: Magnet Releasing]
'VHS' [Credit: Magnet Releasing]
  • Released: 2012
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Various
  • Related Movies: VHS 2, VHS Viral

19. Trollhunter

'Trollhunter' [Credit: SF Norge A/S]
'Trollhunter' [Credit: SF Norge A/S]
  • Released: 2010
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Monsters
  • Related Movies: Dead Snow

18. The Possession of Michael King

'The Possession of Michael King' [Credit: Anchor Bay Films]
'The Possession of Michael King' [Credit: Anchor Bay Films]
  • Released: 2014
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Demons
  • Related Movies: Exeter

17. Behind the Mask: The Rise and Fall of Leslie Vernon

'Behind the Mask: The Rise and Fall of Leslie Vernon' [Credit: Anchor Bay Entertainment]
'Behind the Mask: The Rise and Fall of Leslie Vernon' [Credit: Anchor Bay Entertainment]
  • Released: 2006
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Murder
  • Related Movies: The Hills Run Red

16. As Above, So Below

'As Above, So Below' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
'As Above, So Below' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
  • Released: 2014
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Exploration
  • Related Movies: Catacombs

15. The Last Horror Movie

'The Last Horror Movie' [Credit: Bedford Entertainment]
'The Last Horror Movie' [Credit: Bedford Entertainment]
  • Released: 2003
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Murder
  • Related Movies: Red, White & Blue

14. The Last Exorcism

'The Last Exorcism' [Credit: Lionsgate]
'The Last Exorcism' [Credit: Lionsgate]
  • Released: 2010
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Demons
  • Related Movies: Kill List

13. Man Bites Dog

'Man Bites Dog' [Credit: Roxie Releasing]
'Man Bites Dog' [Credit: Roxie Releasing]
  • Released: 1992
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Murder
  • Related Movies: Calvaire

12. The Poughkeepsie Tapes

'The Poughkeepsie Tapes' [Credit: MGM]
'The Poughkeepsie Tapes' [Credit: MGM]
  • Released: 2007
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Murder
  • Related Movies: Smiley

11. Lake Mungo

'Lake Mungo' [Credit: Arclight Films]
'Lake Mungo' [Credit: Arclight Films]
  • Released: 2008
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Death
  • Related Movies: The House on Pine Street

10. Cannibal Holocaust

'Cannibal Holocaust' [Credit: United Artists Europa]
'Cannibal Holocaust' [Credit: United Artists Europa]
  • Released: 1980
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Cannibalism
  • Related Movies: Cannibal Ferox

This movie appears in the 50 greatest classic horror movies of the 20th Century.

9. Unfriended

'Unfriended' [Credit: Blumhouse]
'Unfriended' [Credit: Blumhouse]
  • Released: 2015
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Social Media
  • Related Movies:

8. Cloverfield

'Cloverfield' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
'Cloverfield' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
  • Released: 2008
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Monsters
  • Related Movies: 10 Cloverfield Lane



7. The Taking of Deborah Logan

'The Taking of Deborah Logan' [Credit: Millennium Entertainment]
'The Taking of Deborah Logan' [Credit: Millennium Entertainment]
  • Released: 2014
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Demons
  • Related Movies: Dementia



6. The Sacrament

'The Sacrament' [Credit: Magnolia Pictures]
'The Sacrament' [Credit: Magnolia Pictures]
  • Released: 2013
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Cult
  • Related Movies: Martha Marcy May Marlene



5. Paranormal Activity

'Paranormal Activity' [Credit: Blumhouse]
'Paranormal Activity' [Credit: Blumhouse]
  • Released: 2007
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Demons
  • Related Movies: Insidious

This movie features in the 50 best horror movies since 2000.

4. Diary of the Dead

'Diary of the Dead' [Credit: Dimension Films]
'Diary of the Dead' [Credit: Dimension Films]
  • Released: 2007
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Zombies
  • Related Movies: Survival of the Dead

3. REC

'REC' [Credit: Filmax International]
'REC' [Credit: Filmax International]
  • Released: 2007
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Zombies
  • Related Movies: Quarantine

2. Blair Witch Project

'Blair Witch Project' [Credit: Artisan Entertainment]
'Blair Witch Project' [Credit: Artisan Entertainment]
  • Released: 1999
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Witches
  • Related Movies: Lords of Salem

1. Ghostwatch

Your hosts on 'Ghostwatch' [Credit: BBC]
Your hosts on 'Ghostwatch' [Credit: BBC]
  • Released: 1992
  • Found Footage Horror Theme: Possession
  • Related Movies: Whistle and I'll Come To You

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