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10 Super Creepy Found Footage Films That Will Make You Believe

Updated on September 20, 2016

1) Not your ordinary lost in the woods flick

The Blair Witch Project:

Even though it wasn’t the first found footage movies, it is definitely one of the most famous ones ever made. So famous that people still believe in the blair witch legend, even though it was completely made up by the writers. It’s about three film students who travel to Maryland to research the urban legend of the Blair Witch. The three students go missing and a year later their film footage is found. The Blair Witch legend itself is fascinating and completely believable even though its 120% fake. According to this “legend” the Blair Witch is the spirit of a woman named Elly Kedward. She was accused of witchcraft om the 1700s for allegedly luring children into her home and sucking their blood. She was banished from the village and after a very harsh winter was presumed dead. Since then, the reports of missing children from the town had piled high. In 1941a man named Rustin Parr confessed to the police that the old white witch had told him to lure children to his house and kill them. People to this day believe the legend is real and every year hundreds of paranormal enthusiast travel to Burkittville to ghost hunt.


FUN FACT: The director instructed the three actors to go MIA after the theatrical release to credit the believability of the film. He was investigated by the police for the “deaths” of the actors before the director told them it was part of the movie marketing and was fake.

2) The start of a new horror genre

Paranormal Activity:

Even though it wasn’t the first found footage movies, it is definitely one of the most famous ones ever made. So famous that people still believe in the blair witch legend, even though it was completely made up by the writers. It’s about three film students who travel to Maryland to research the urban legend of the Blair Witch. The three students go missing and a year later their film footage is found. The Blair Witch legend itself is fascinating and completely believable even though its 120% fake. According to this “legend” the Blair Witch is the spirit of a woman named Elly Kedward. She was accused of witchcraft om the 1700s for allegedly luring children into her home and sucking their blood. She was banished from the village and after a very harsh winter was presumed dead. Since then, the reports of missing children from the town had piled high. In 1941a man named Rustin Parr confessed to the police that the old white witch had told him to lure children to his house and kill them. People to this day believe the legend is real and every year hundreds of paranormal enthusiast travel to Burkittville to ghost hunt.


FUN FACT: The director instructed the three actors to go MIA after the theatrical release to credit the believability of the film. He was investigated by the police for the “deaths” of the actors before the director told them it was part of the movie marketing and was fake.

3) Monster attacks NYC

Cloverfield

This movie follows five friends living in NYC as an unknown monster attacks the buildings. It chronicles them trying to escape the city. The hand held footage is spliced with previous video footage of Cooney Island that was filmed before. The contrast between the peaceful sunny day and absolute chaos works perfectly to create a haunting yet beautiful atmosphere. The best part of the movie, and the thing that makes it work is that they are just clueless about what is going on, and so are we!


FUN FACT: The DHARMA logo from Lost can be seen in the beginning, connecting the two universes together.

4) Beware of the crabs

The Bay

This unknown found footage movie takes place in Claridge, Maryland in 2009. The town is famous for its annual 4th of July Crab festivals, as it borders the Chesapeake Bay. Chaos erupts when people start getting sick the next day, and they think it’s contamination from the water in the bay and mass panic ensues. It’s oddly provoking for such a small budget film, and the epical effects are done well. Unlike other found footage films, the monster isn’t an alien or a ghost but something natural of this earth that could happen to anybody. It is very unlikely, but it could happen.

FUN FACT: The parasites used in the movie are real, they are called Cymothea exgua and are known as the tongue eating louse. They mainly prey on fish though, not humans.

5) The most WTF film on this list

V/H/S:

This film is about a team of ordinary people who are hired to break into a house in the middle of nowhere and steal a bunch of old vhs tapes. Curiosity gets the better of them and they decide to watch one and they realize that they are found footage tapes. So, this is like an anthology of a bunch of found footage stories. The first one is about a vampire succubus, the second one is about a murder, and so on. I wont spoil it for you.

FUN FACT: It takes place in the house that is owned by Marble Hornets, the company that made Slenderman on youtube.

6) In space....

Apollo 18:

A decade old recorder is found, showing the events of the doomed Apollo 18 mission to the moon. This film combines camera work that is similar to Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield. It amplifies the smallest, rational fears and turns them into something that is blood curdingly frightening. It plays on the fear of something being wrong, something that we can all relate to. I have always enjoyed space movies that take place either on the moon or close to earth (Gravity) because it gives the illusion that home and safetly are close but in reality they are unreachable.

FUN FACT: As a promo for the movie, they published the website lunartruth.com, which had the details about the "secret" mission, and photos of the crew to make it seem real. Unfortunately, the link doesn't work anymore.

This is one of the earliest found footage movies made and it was the catalyst for the Eaten by Wild Cannibals genre (most recent one was The Green Inferno). This movie has caused a ton of controversy because of the animal cruelty that was involved in the making of the film. It was banned in several countries for being too disturbing.

FUN FACT: Just like in Blair Witch, the director Ruggero Deodato was arrested and charged with the murder of the actors and faced life in prison. The cast had signed contracts requiring them to disappear for a year after shooting. When the actors appeared in court happy and alive though, the charges were dropped.

8) Old people are weird

Rec.

This found footage film is from a young TV reporter and her cameraman who are covering the night shift at a fire department. They follow the firemen to this building with an old lady trapped inside. When they reach the building, they hear screams. They go inside and are attacked by the residents, who seem to have gone insane. Whey they try to leave; they realize that they are trapped. Through a series of realizations, they find out that the entire building has been contaminated by a deadly, zombie like virus.

FUN FACT: The director purposely didn’t hand out scripts and purposely didn’t tell the actors what was going to happen, so their reactions would be genuine.

Do you believe now?

A priest who has lost his faith after an autistic boy is killed during an exorcism, hires a crew to film him one last time to prove that exorcisms are fake and priests are frauds. As they begin to film, they realize that this particular possessed girl is the real deal.

FUN FACT: Ashley Bell, who plays the possessed girl did all of the bends and contortions on her own because she is blessed with hypermobility.

Zombies Galore

Finally, a found footage movie by the director of Zombies himself, George A. Romero. The film starts with a bunch of students in the forest near the University of Pittsburgh filming a horror flick about murderous mummies. They hear on the news that the dead are reawakening and head to town to see if it’s true. Chaos pursues as the group is chased and eaten by the town zombies.

FUN FACT: Quentin Taratino, Stephen King, Simon Pegg, Guillermo del Toro and Wes Craven all have cameos in this film.

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