It is no secret that found footage is a favorite horror sub genre of mine. The appeal lies much within the perspective of the film, a personal experience of terror from a first person point of view. Found footage is the closest thing to organic horror we can experience without crossing the line of moral boundaries. If you want to take a closer look, I've listed a few of my favorite examples here.
In the meantime, let's check out more found footage, shall we?
1. Megan Is Missing
Kids meets found footage horror in this ferociously raw Anchor Bay production. Inspired by multiple real life cases, Megan Is Missing is by no means an eccentric, far-fetched horror flick. The overall realism is quite beautiful, making this a uniquely appropriate cautionary tale for all young girls, (or boys), about the dangers of online predators.
Not a bad idea for your daughter's next slumber party, yeah?
2. The House With 100 Eyes
Although this movie did not create much of a stir upon its release, I am quite confident in stating that this is a must-see for all found footage horror fans. It certainly may be quite disturbing at points, but it does not shy away from bringing humor to morbidity — a much adored combination. The House With 100 Eyes was my last date night selection, and for good reason.
The film follows a sociopathic couple as they embark on their mission of creating the perfect triple feature snuff film for their audience. Things don’t always seem to go as planned, now do they though?
3. A Serbian Film
Possibly one of the most deeply exploitative film ever made, A Serbian Film promises to both shock and stifle even the most depraved of minds. Taboo is a notion that does not exist within this film, and just when you think they aren’t going to go there, they go there. And they go there hard. I personally recommend enjoying this pseudo snuff film in private, as it is not the most comfortable film to watch in good company, or any company for that matter. Although this film is categorized as found footage (oddly) I would say it is significantly more like a behind the scenes look at the making of the footage/snuff film.
If at any point you pass out, that’s not my fault, but you’re welcome all the same.This film was not made for the faint hearted, but for those of us who are jaded; striving to feel repulsion once again.
4. Welcome To The Jungle
Centered around a group of highly unlikeable fucktards, Welcome to the Jungle takes us on yet another voyage back into the jungles of Irian Jaya in search of answers to the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller. Although there are many theories as to his fate, many people still believe Michael Rockefeller is alive and well, still living amongst Asmat headhunters to this very day.
Much to the dismay of these four loathsome nincompoops, they do indeed find the answers they set out searching for.
5. The Poughkeepsie Tapes
Despite the feedback of my fellow locals, The Poughkeepsie Tapes is sharply innovative and stands apart from Poughkeepsie’s own Body Dump killer, Kendall “Stinky” Francois. Inspired by several other real-life cases, this visually eloquent narrative follows Ed, a maniacal murderous poet who may just be a borderline evil genius. There is nothing you will see in these tapes that he does not want you to see, and he certainly will make a spectacle out of the rest.
Costumes, theatrics, and manipulation, Ed is a bloody terrifying thespian, and he truly enjoys his craft.
Thanks for checking it out, be sure to let us know in the poll below which one you intend to check out next and follow me on Twitter @RachaelRumancek
Until next time.