I love horror movies, who doesn't? But what I don't love is when horror movies use the found footage idea to make movies. However I don't think it will be going away any time soon as Hollywood has realized that these movies are cheap to make and make a shit ton of money. But hey, I can dream.
Ever seen a found footage horror movie use a jump scare? Of course you have, you could have a fucking drinking game based of found footage jump scares. (Don't advise doing that as you'd probably be dead in the first thirty minutes). Now many would argue, well jumpscares have always been in horror movies, hell non found footage horror films use them all the time. And yes while they do use them, they don't use them nearly as much as the found footage genre has. Look at the "Paranormal Activity" franchise which spans five movies and one non canon Japanese film. These movies use jumpscares as the main source of the horror.
Cheap to make
A lot (not all) of found footage horror movies have a budget of one to five million dollars. Now that is a ton of money but when you compare it to other horror movies like "The Conjuring" and "The Haunting in Connecticut" which had budgets of twenty million and ten million. Now those movies aren't anything special but they're non found footage movies. Now let's look at some found footage movies. "Unfriended"? One Million. "Paranormal Activity 2"? Three Million. "The Blair Witch Project" 600,000 dollars! These movies are clearly cheaper to make then normal horror movies.
Now this image is from the movie "The Dinosaur Project" which is a guilty pleasure of mine. It's so bad that it's good. Now while I enjoy this movie most of the acting is really bad. Like really, really bad. But "The Dinosaur Project" isn't alone in the shit acting department. Films like "Unfriended", The "Paranormal Activity" franchise, "Devil's Due", and "The Last Exorcism" all have really awful acting, honestly some of the worst acting I've ever seen. Now many will make the argument "Well Found Footage is trying to pretend it really happened so the acting should be bad so that it makes it seem like they aren't actors." That argument to me just doesn't make any sense. Why not get good actors to do this? Oh that's right getting good actors costs money so...
Can Found Footage be good?
Of course. Films like "Cloverfield" and the original "Paranormal Activity" are damn good movies. Hell, "Cloverfield" is one of my all time favorite monster movies. Found Footage movies like all movie genres can have good movies, you just need good acting, good scares, and a good director. If you don't have two of those three you're gonna have a shit found footage horror movie.
In conclusion the found footage genre should die. They're cheap, predictable, not scary and are just a hungry parasite on the movie making industry.
My next review will be of The Minions and let me tell you this.
I had soooooooo much fun watching it. I'm kidding it was horrible.