Though not the first to use the style, it’s definitely the film that brought found footage to the mainstream. That’s not to say it’s not original or well done. Filmmakers cast their lead actors and then sent them out into the woods with cameras. No script. They literally left people in tents and then fucked with them at night. The result was a pretty organic and frightening ride-alone.
The first comedic film to try and capitalize off the smaller budget filming technique, Project X documents the ultimate high school party. There’s a moon bounce, a dog in the moon bounce, the hottest girls, and flamethrowers. When was the last time you were at a party with a flamethrower? And riots don’t count.