The Best (and Worst) Found Footage Films

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Found Footage Films...love them or hate them, one must acknowledge there’s a glut of them. You would think the market would have reached saturation point by now, but they just keep coming, and coming, and … suddenly I feel like if I put one more coming, we’re talking about an entirely different type of found footage film, so I’ll just stop right there.

Anyways…Gracie and I put our heads together and came up with a short list of the best and worst found footage films. (We did both because we couldn’t think of ten good found footage films to fill up the list.) I don’t know if I need to qualify that these are obviously sci-fi and horror oriented, because aren’t most found footage films in one or the other?

Top Ten Tuesday’s topics are normally brought to you courtesy of the Broke and Bookish, but their topic for this week just wasn’t quite our style.

 

 

The Best Found Footage Films

The Blair Witch Project – 1999

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

Everything you’ve heard is true.


The Possession of Michael King – 2014

After poor advice from a psychic leads to the death of his wife, a man vows to disprove the existence of the paranormal by allowing himself to be possessed by demons.

If you invite it in, it will never let you go.


Ghostwatch – 1992

The BBC gives over a whole evening to an ‘investigation into the supernatural’. Four respected presenters and a camera crew attempt to discover the truth behind ‘The most haunted house in Britain’, expecting a light-hearted scare or two and probably the uncovering of a hoax. They think they are in control of the situation. They think they are safe. The viewers settle down and decide to watch ‘for a laugh’. Ninety minutes later the BBC, and the country, was changed, and the consequences are still felt today.

We don’t want to give anybody sleepless nights.


Paranormal Activity – 2007

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

What Happens When You Sleep?


Grave Encounters – 2011

For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that’s supposedly haunted – and it might prove to be all too true.

They were searching for proof… they found it


The Worst Found Footage Films

Blair Witch – 2016

After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his vanished sister Heather, James and a group of friends head to the forest believed to be inhabited by the Blair Witch.

There’s something evil hiding in the woods


The Gallows – 2015

20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but soon discover that some things are better left alone.

Some things are better left alone.


The Last Exorcism – 2010

A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.

God asks. The Devil commands.


Apollo 18 – 2011

Decades-old found footage from NASA’s abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon.

There’s a reason we’ve never gone back to the moon.


Paranormal Activity – 2007

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

Surprised? No, it’s not an accidental reprint, just an example of how two horror fiends can think very differently on the same movie. Such are the awesome variations of horror.


 

 

 

So, how’d we do? Do our tastes align with yours, or did a selection of ours offend you? I (LG) know a lot of you are probably going to roll your eyes at Paranormal Activity 1, but it was really the first found footage film I ever watched, and it scared the bejesus out of me! GracieKat fully expects to get some comments her way about The Last Exorcism (and perhaps Paranormal Activity) as it seems to be more popular than she thought!

Feel free to spout your opinion in the comments below.

Top Ten Tuesday: The “Used-to-be-Scary” Movies (that maybe might be possibly still are)

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This week’s prompt from the Broke and the Bookish is a Halloween-themed Freebie, so here we go!

Top Ten Used-to-Be Scary Movies

These are the movies that creeped me out or just outright terrified me when I was younger. Now I can watch them and giggle.

Mostly.

Kind of.

Some of them, at least.

  1. The Exorcist  – Yeah, this one still has official “Don’t watch it at night or with Miss L in the house.”
  2. Child’s Play – This movie scared me so bad when I was younger that I tied all my porcelain dolls to their chairs. When that didn’t abate my fear, I put them in a garbage bag, stuck them in my closet, and propped a chair up against the door knob. Since that day I’ve not willingly kept anything bigger than a barbie in the house. (Yes, even now.  I know its stupid, but …but…Annabelle, dangit!)
  3. A Nightmare on Elm Street (Okay, so 1-7 are now laughably ridiculous. The New Nightmare is still a…tad…creepsy though. That whole blending reality, possession of an idea thing. Eugh!)
  4. The Ring – Yes, I  still cover my eyes with the scenes of Samara coming out of the well. Gyargh!
  5. Paranormal Activity – The first one. The first one ONLY! Yes, I mostly laugh at it anymore, but I still jump in all the right places.
  6. Poltergeist – The original(s) (as if I need to clarify). That scene at the end with the pool and the skeletons? I admit, they sort of get mashed together in my head, but the pool scene, the meat to maggots scene, Carol Anne in the mirror in NYC, etc. Creepy as heck when I was younger!! Luckily all just laughable now though.
  7. The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock – Alright, lets be honest, the special effects do not hold up AT ALL, and so its more a “watch and giggle” movie now, but the IDEA? Stillllllllllll terrifying!
  8. Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight – I might have had a nightmare or two after watching this for the first time. Watched it a couple years ago though, and happily cackled.
  9. The Fog (1980) –  It might have came out before I was born, but it still ruddy creeped me out the first time I saw it.
  10. Silent Hill – I don’t care if it did come out when I was already an adult. STILL creepy! And I laugh at it now, not because its no longer creepy, but because its so freaking ridiculous that I’m scared by a movie based on a game. Those walker thingies, though…just urgh.

Did I mention I’m such a skeeredy-cat that while I can watch pretty much any zombie movie out there, I can’t play any ‘scary’ games like Resident Evil because they creep me out too badly

Yes, yes, laugh it up, Chuckles. 

Did I forget one?? What would be on yours?