20 Best Found Footage Horror Films

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Recently, 1428 Elm’s own Joseph Shelton asked the question, “Has found footage harmed the horror genre?” The answer? A firm no. Though there have been a number of questionable found footage horror since The Blair Witch Project broke that dam wide open back in 1999, it still remains a popular genre and with a new Paranormal Activity coming out this year, it doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon. The reason being is that it still has the ability to scare. “Found footage” implies realism: remember how The Blair Witch Project told viewers that the film was made from the found tapes of three young people who went missing in the woods? Some people believed that because it looked like real footage. The found footage horror has become the catch-all phrase for films that take on the aesthetics of a documentary or a home movie or the footage from a security camera… Anything that makes it look “real” rather than studio produced. Despite the admittedly high number of bad found footage films, there are still plenty of gems waiting to be enjoyed. Compiled here are 20 of the best found footage horror films for your next movie binge night.

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