I love horror movies, of all kinds. Supernatural movies are probably my favorite, and a good chunk of supernatural movies are found footage. Found footage films are sometimes based off “true” stories and show people’s continuing dealings with paranormal entities.
I just like the reality of it. It’s closer to home – regular people dealing with terrifying and unusual circumstances. It reminds me of an occurrence I once experienced. It was the usual – things moving and even my bookcase fell over once. So here is my Top Ten Found Footage movies from favorite to least favorite.
The first of three movies, V/H/S is about a group of friends hired by an unknown third party to break into a desolate house and steal a rare VHS tape. They watched it, and found something far more sinister. This movie is messed up, and honestly I find it hilarious. The sequels are pretty good, too.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
This was probably my first found footage movie, and the one that got me into the genre in the first place. In this one, three films students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on a local legend about a witch living in the forest. The only thing found, was their footage.
The movie that makes you question why people still use Craigslist. A videographer responds to an online ad to record the last message of a dying man. But the dying man is acting extremely odd, so the videographer questions his true intentions. I mean, clearly the guy is a creep.
Creep 2 (2017)
Ah, yes, the sequel to the last one. This time a video artist drives to a remote house in the forst to meet a man claiming to be a serial killer. (Spoiler alert, it’s the same “dying” creep from the first one). She agrees to spend the day with him anyways, and just has a ball. But not for long. Trust me, you’re going to spend the whole movie saying, “Girl, no!!!”
Blair Witch (2016)
I tend to get annoyed with unwarranted sequels. But I like the concept of this one. After discovering…basically the first film…James believes he can find his vanished sister, Heather. He and a group of friends head to the very same forest to find her. They…are heading to the same fate.
Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story (2015)
It’s a Slender Man story! Admittedly, when I was like twelve, I was really obsessed with Creepypasta and Slender Man and the Rake and all that stuff. I watched all those YouTube Slender Man Mythos, including Marble Hornets. I was a little disappointed Troy Wagner wasn’t in this movie, but that’s fine.
A small town news team discovers a box of video tapes featuring the faceless Slender Man terrorizing a family and slowly driving them insane. Soon after, they too are haunted by the creature.
Chernobyl Diaries (2012)
I own the DVD of this movie. That’s how much I like this movie. So, six tourists hire an extreme tour guide to take them to the abandoned city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. While exploring, they soon discover they are not alone…and the result of the nuclear disaster.
The Visit (2015)
I feel like The Visit wasn’t that long ago, even though it’s been four years. I don’t like most of M. Night Shyamalan’s movies, but this one makes the cut for me. It’s actually pretty messed up.
Two siblings go to visit their grandparents that they never met while their mom goes on vacation with her boyfriend. Things get weird when their grandparents are acting incredbily disturbed and downright terrifying.
Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)
I prefer the sequel to the original Unfriended. A teen finds a new laptop and soon discovers that not only is the previous owner watching him, but will do anything to get it, and it’s secrets, back.
I really like the method of how this movie is filmed. It’s basically a screen recording for the entire film. The whole movie is done on the protagonist’s laptop. It’s fun, it’s original and it brings the concept of found footage into the new digital era. I like it.
The Gracefield Incident (2017)
Three couples decide to spend a long weekend in a luxurious cabin in the middle of nowhere when suddenly a meteorite comes crashing down in the forest. After investigating, the group finds it, and takes it back to the cabin. They are then attacked by aliens.
I would have included The Fourth Kind in this list, but I feel like that’s a well-known, over-played movie in these types of lists. Besides, in terms of my personal favorites, it just doesn’t top these ten.
Well there you have it. My Top Ten favorite found footage horror films. What do you think? Any of these catch your eye?