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04-18-2015, 03:13 PM
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Found Footage Movies

I am watching VHS right now. I am a little late on this bandwagon.

These movies are SO dumb, but they never fail to freak me out. I don't know if it is because they seem more real or not.
Does anyone else feel the same way?

Are there any actual GOOD ones that you would recommend?

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VHS 2 was pretty decent as well.

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For all the hate found footage films, I always tend to enjoy them even if they aren't that good. Not sure why.

V/H/S 2 is awesome though. And I don't care what people think of them but Paranormal Activity 1 & 3 are legitimately good horror films and have a pretty good over-arching story among all of them. Chronicle is also a very good film.

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Is REC considered found footage? Always wanted to see it, heard it's decent. I don't like shaky cam so generally I dislike the genre on that premise. However I did enjoy Blair Witch and Cloverfield even if it pained me to watch in parts.

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Grave Encounters series, Trollhunter, [REC] series, and first paranormal activity are all good.
Taking of Debra Morgan isn't great but it was truly scary.

A couple good non horror ones are Chronicle and End of Watch.

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Definitely recommend [Rec]. Scared the **** out of me.

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Definitely recommend [Rec]. Scared the **** out of me.
And if you aren't a fan of subtitles, watch the lower quality english version.

Quarantine.

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The Fourth Kind.

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Also adore Cloverfield. The viral marketing for that was insanely complex.

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I liked the VHS one where the crazy ***** was really a gargoyle concubine.

Thought I was watching Jeepers Creepers for a second there.

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Also; 'Afflicted' was pretty decent.

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- REC (NOT Quarantine!! Hollywood's half ass version of REC was painful to watch)
- Cloverfield
- Grave Encounters

These are some of my favorite Found Footage Movies.

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Not a horror film but Chronicle was very good IMO.

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LOVED Chronicle and Cloverfield.

I'm a big fan of the Paranormal Activity series, but that's because I'm partial to anything that has to do with spirits, ghosts, etc.. I watched the first V/H/S and may check out the second one, and Viral as well. The first one was pretty bad, but so bad that it was good. Freaked me out on a few occasions as well.

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Taking of Debra Morgan isn't great but it was truly scary.
This movie was so freaking creepy!!! But it was also so bad!!!
I think it was because old women are generally creepy. And a possessed one is just 100x worse.

The dumbest moments freak me out though. Like when she was standing by the counter, then was all of a sudden on top of it. I was watching it on my computer at work, I had to try not to cringe.


The Paranormal activity movies are weird to me. They creep me out, because anything paranormal freaks me out, but they were just so.... bad. The acting is what was bad for me. The execution was pretty good.

I don't remember which one it was, but it was the one where the demon lady was living next door to this teenager, and her best guy from was always over.

Then she shows up behind him and snaps his neck. I think about that all of the time when I am sitting at my computer.

^ I don't think that needs a spoiler tag. but feel free to tag it if it does. That was by far the worst PA movie though.

Might watch VHS 2 tonight.

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Some of them are actually pretty good (See Izzy's post)

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No love for Blair witch project which was basically the original found footage horror/thriller?

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No love for Blair witch project which was basically the original found footage horror/thriller?
TBWP scared the hell out of me, but I think [REC] was the best of the lot. It's a very limited technique, though.

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It uses a "live broadcast" angle instead of "found footage", but for me Ghostwatch is by far the best of them. Back when it was shown on the BBC in 1992, the concept was completely unprecedented in terms of horror (except maybe for the obscure and putrid Cannibal Holocaust). It paved the way for The Blair Witch Project and then all the subsequent found footage films. I rewatch it recently and it's still effective. I wonder what it must be like to watch Ghostwatch "live" on the BBC as a kid and thinking all of this was real.

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It uses a "live broadcast" angle instead of "found footage", but for me Ghostwatch is by far the best of them. Back when it was shown on the BBC in 1992, the concept was completely unprecedented in terms of horror (except maybe for the obscure and putrid Cannibal Holocaust). It paved the way for The Blair Witch Project and then all the subsequent found footage films. I rewatch it recently and it's still effective. I wonder what it must be like to watch Ghostwatch "live" on the BBC as a kid and thinking all of this was real.
Cannibal Holocaust is bad--but it did start the whole thing

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VHS 2 was terrible. I don't know what y'all talkin about.
Though, I am not a huge fan of zombies.
Just not my type of horror movie I guess.

I much more enjoyed the suspense from the first one.

Embarrassingly, I have never seen The Blair Witch Project. But it is on my list on Netflix because I need to join the rest of the world and say I have seen it.

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I started watching VHS and stopped it after only a few minutes. I very rarely will do that, but it just seemed so stupid and not worth my time.

I don't get freaked out by footage movies because I have a big problem suspending disbelief with them. Nearly everything just comes across to me as fake and contrived. The shaky, constantly moving camera is meant to scare you, but it just seems like a cheap trick to me. I also can't take the actors seriously because, in trying to act like average, unassuming, real people, they tend to come across as fake. Maybe it's partly due to all of their acting lessons involving not acknowledging or addressing the camera, so they're not good at interacting with one in a real, believable way and end up overacting. Finally, it seems gimmicky, like an art student doing something differently (like shooting in black and white) just to seem different.

I did mildly enjoy The Blair Witch Project (even though I watched it for the first time only a few years ago) and Trollhunter. Those were both either somewhat new or unique enough, with at least decent acting, rather than actors trying too hard (and failing) to appear real.

It's not entirely a footage movie, but I saw Into the Storm (last year's Twister-like movie) recently and a good third to a half of it is "footage" pretending to come from the characters' cell phones or video cams. Many of those scenes were just hard to watch, especially in the first half.


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I forgot about Incident at Lake County.

It was a found footage movie that aired on UPN in the 90's. It's about a kid that tapes the events of his family slowly getting abducted/murderboned by Aliens on Thanksgiving. Included in the an angle where they get 'experts' to describe how the movie must be real because X, Y, Z.

The movie is quite good and I remember is kept me awake at night for weeks after I originally watched it.

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I don't get freaked out by footage movies because I have a big problem suspending disbelief with them. Nearly everything just comes across to me as fake and contrived. The shaky, constantly moving camera is meant to scare you, but it just seems like a cheap trick to me. I also can't take the actors seriously because, in trying to act like average, unassuming, real people, they tend to come across as fake. Maybe it's partly due to all of their acting lessons involving not acknowledging or addressing the camera, so they're not good at interacting with one in a real, believable way and end up overacting. Finally, it seems gimmicky, like an art student doing something differently (like shooting in black and white) just to seem different.
I agree with this.

Still freaks me out though

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