Found footage horror is only one of many sub-genres found within the realm of horror films. And horror fans are divided about its effectiveness. Many people can’t watch it for good reason, because it often features shaky camera work. If someone suffers from motion sickness, that just doesn’t work. But I would like to point out that most modern found footage is a little easier on the eyes (and stomach), so if you have been avoiding it since the days of The Blair Witch Project, you may want to give it another try.
For my money, found footage is often genuinely scary, which is not something every sub-genre of horror can say. Sure, slashers are fun, but is anyone actually creeped out by Friday the 13th? The realism of found footage automatically makes it scary…though an ultra-low budget film that features friends and family members rather than actual actors can affect that.
I personally love almost anything found footage-related, so narrowing this list down was a bit of a chore for me, and I feel bad that I had to leave out so many films that deserve recognition. But making a list of 50 ranked films was a little too daunting, so I had to think about which seven I loved the most.
Obviously, not everyone is going to agree with my choices, and that’s ok. Your own personal favorite may not even be one I have seen, or I may have watched it at some time over the years and simply forgotten about it. So, onward! And let’s see if you agree with my choices.