Shaky cameras, poor audio and a perspective shared with the characters define found footage movies. Although mostly tense horror films, this new trend in cinema has proved to be successful in films like “Paranormal Activity.”
The film that started the modern found footage era, 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project” redefined horror films for a generation. This tense horror film about film students lost in the woods was made for only $50,000 but went on to gross 250 million dollars. Proving that cheap found footage films could be successful at the box office.
“Paranormal Activity” perfected the style “The Blair Witch Project” helped to create. This frightening tale of a couple living in a haunted home was the first in a trilogy of massively successful films. Pushing the limits of found footage films and low budget filmmaking.
This found footage 2012 comedy has gained massive buzz thanks to the involvement of “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips. Telling the story of a high school house party gone awry, this film looks to prove that found footage is not limited to horror films alone.
This mega monster movie shown through the eyes of a few New York city residents shocked audiences in 2008. While most monster movies focus on the military or police by following normal people trying to flee the city “Cloverfield” turned the monster movie on its head. With amazing special effects and a cast including Lizzy Caplan and Odette Annable, “Cloverfield” is a must see for monster movie fanatics everywhere.
Easily one of the most controversial films of all time, “Cannibal Holocaust” is also one of the earliest found footage movies. This horrific look into the Amazon jungle follows a group of researchers as they look for their missing colleagues in the jungle. Featuring grotesque special effects and actual animal deaths on scene, this film was banned in multiple countries on its release.