20 Best Found Footage Horror Films

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1. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

The Blair Witch Project may have brought found footage to the mainstream, but don’t be mistaken in thinking it’s the first film to play with the concept. Ruggero Deodato’s controversial classic, Cannibal Holocaust features the found tapes of a documentary crew who went missing while filming cannibal tribes in the amazon. The film was so realistic at points that Deodata was charged with making a snuff film among rumors that some of the actors were actually killed onscreen.

To this day,

Cannibal Holocaust

remains one of the most controversial film in the history of horror, but it can also be accredited to inspiring the found footage style of filmmaking that remains a large part of horror to this day.

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