50+ Interesting Found Footage Horror Thriller Movies

On Mar 6 2013 by Pradeep Kumar | Short Link: http://movie.sc/1ssf4Vp  


Earlier we published Horror Movies based on True Events, and when we were preparing this list we thought a movie with extreme graphics could really spoil the real thrill of watching a movie. Moreover we should believe or comfort ourself that Ghosts exists when we watch such movies. Thats when we thought of listing out the best interesting movies under “Found Footage” Genre.

Found Footage Horror Thriller Movies

Found footage is a genre of film making, especially horror, in which all or a substantial part of a film is presented as discovered film or video recordings, often left behind by missing or dead protagonists. This genre got very popular because of movies like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity mostly. In this post we have mentioned some 50+ interesting Found Footage Horror Thriller movies.

Some of these moves might have average or moderate ratings, but what matters is the thrill and suspense you’ll encounter. Moreover the way they took this footage video movie realistic matters a lot too.

Found Footage Horror Thriller Movies

1. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

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Interesting Fact about “Cannibal Holocaust (1980)”
The animal slaughterings in the movie were real, which ultimately resulted in the movie’s being banned in its native Italy.

Cannibal Holocaust

Storyline: A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area’s local cannibal tribes.


2. The Last Broadcast (1998)

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Interesting Fact about “The Last Broadcast (1998)”
Dubbed the first “desktop feature film”, it was the first film to be filmed, edited, and screened entirely digitally. No film was involved.

The Last Broadcast

Storyline: Bristling with equipment, two enthusiastic local access cable TV producers recruit an assistant and venture into a forest in search of the mythical and horrifying Jersey Devil.


3. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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Interesting Fact about “The Blair Witch Project (1999)”
This film uses the word “fuck” 154 times.

blair witch project

Storyline: Three film students go missing after traveling into the woods of Maryland to make a documentary about the local Blair Witch legend leaving only their footage behind.

You can also see its sequel:


4. August Underground (2001)

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Interesting Fact about “August Underground (2001)”
Rocky (1976) – The film is mentioned in a scene where the killers visit a slaughterhouse.

August Underground (Video 2001)

Storyline: Two serial killers go on a murdering rampage as one films the outcome from behind a video camera. One of the most realistically portrayed simulated snuff films.


5. My Little Eye (2002)

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Interesting Fact about “My Little Eye (2002)”
Director Marc Evans was worried that if My Little Eye flopped at the box-office (like his previous two films), it would be the end of his directing career.

My Little Eyes (2002)

Storyline: Five young people apply to live in an isolated house together for six months whilst their every move is filmed by numerous cameras.


6. The Collingswood Story (2002)

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Interesting Fact about “The Collingswood Story (2002)”
“What A Thought”. Written by Jesper Andreasson. Performed by Citrus.

Collingswood story

Storyline: My name is Rebecca. When I left for college my ex John thought web cams would help us keep in touch. It does but also leads us to a dark secret when we meet and cam with Vera Madeline, an on-line psychic, who warns “rituals” are being performed in the house I moved into.


7. The Last Horror Movie (2003)

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Interesting Fact about “The Last Horror Movie (2003)”
When Max slits the throat of the woman his assistant was supposed to kill, you can clearly see that the knife does not make contact with her throat.

The Last Horror Movie

Storyline: A serial killer uses a horror video rental to lure his next victim. What begins as a teen slasher transforms into a disturbing journey through the mind of Max Parry, a mild mannered wedding photographer with a taste for human flesh.


8. Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

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Interesting Fact about “Incident at Loch Ness (2004)”
When asked by an audience member after a viewing at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2004, whether any Nessies were harmed during the making of the film, director Zak Penn indicated that he could not guarantee that they were not.

Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

Storyline: A documentary exploring the myth of the Loch Ness monster.


9. Septem8er Tapes (2004)

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Interesting Fact about “Septem8er Tapes (2004)”
Connected to The Blair Witch Project (1999): “found” tapes/pseudo true story/investigation/night vision cameras/cameraman dies and camera drops to ground on its side and keeps rolling just like at the end of BWP etc.

Septem8er Tapes (2004)

Storyline: One year after 9/11, an American journalist travels to Afghanistan in an effort to learn the truth about the search for Osama bin Laden.


10. Noroi: The Curse (2005)

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Interesting Fact about “Noroi: The Curse (2005)”
There are no closing credits except for the names of the studios involved in Noroi’s production.

Noroi 2005

Storyline: A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the “kagutaba.”


11. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

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Interesting Fact about “Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)”
Doc Halloran’s wardrobe (and beard) is nearly identical to that of Donald Pleasence’s character Doctor Loomis from the Halloween films.

Behind the Mask- The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Storyline: The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo.


12. S&man (2006)

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Interesting Fact about “S&man (2006)”
Features: Peeping Tom (1960) – This film opens up with footage from “Peeping Tom”.

S&man (2006)

Storyline: S&MAN begins with footage from Michael Powell’s exploration of voyeurism, “Peeping Tom.” Director JT Petty uses this footage as a starting point to examine the classic comparison


13. Alone with Her (2006)

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Interesting Fact about “Alone with Her (2006)”
References: Waterworld (1995) – The DVD cover is visible, during the scene with Amy in the video store

Alone with Her (2006)

Storyline: Invasion of privacy and domestic spying take on terrifying meaning in this unsettling tale of voyeurism. A young man has a secret obsession for a beautiful woman.


14. The Zombie Diaries (2006)

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Interesting Fact about “The Zombie Diaries (2006)”
Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Diary of the Dead (TV Episode), the genre that helped inspire Diary of the Dead.

The Zombie Diaries (2006)

Storyline: Soldiers of the British army clear a small collection of farmhouses with two scientists who take a tissue sample from a deceased civilian who appears to have been reanimated, then shot.

You can also see its sequel:


15. The Hunt (2006)

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Interesting Fact about “The Hunt (2006)”
This movie is referred in The Hunt Chronicles (2006) (Video) Making of The Hunt movie.

Hunt (2006)

Storyline: There are over 43 million hunters in the United States today. A great number of hunters…a great number of deer. Statistically something was bound to go wrong.


16. Exhibit A (2007)

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Interesting Fact about “Exhibit A (2007)”
Shot in 18 days with minimal crew and the actors doing all their own camera work.

Exhibit A (2007)

Storyline: The timely story of a normal family disintegrating under financial pressure, eventually driven to the unimaginable. We witness the terrifying events unfold through daughter Judith’s video camera, which subsequently becomes Exhibit A.


17. [Rec] (2007)

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Interesting Fact about “[Rec] (2007)”
Made and shot in real locations. No sets were built to make this movie.

[Rec] (2007)

Storyline: A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

You can also see its sequels:

You can also consider the movie based on [REC] :


18. Paranormal Activity (2007)

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Interesting Fact about “Paranormal Activity (2007)”
The original ending was changed at the suggestion of Steven Spielberg.

Paranormal activity

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

You can also see its sequels:

Mockbuster:

Movie Inspired By Paranormal Activity:


19. The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

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Interesting Fact about “The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)”
There is an additional scene after the credits.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

Storyline: In an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, New York murder investigators uncover hundreds of tapes showing decades of a serial killer’s work.


20. Head Case (2007)

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Interesting Fact about “Head Case (2007)”
Several film festivals refused to play this film, due to its “realistic depiction of sadistic violence.”

Head Case

Storyline: A pseudo-documentary edited from the home movies of serial killers Wayne & Andrea Montgomery, presenting a look into their quiet, suburban lives…as well as the graphic & disturbing details of their horrific crimes.

You can also check its sequel


21. Diary of the Dead (2007)

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Interesting Fact about “Diary of the Dead (2007)”
Shot over a period of only 23 days.

Diary Of The Dead

Storyline: A group of young film students run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own.


22. Lake Mungo (2008)

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Interesting Fact about “Lake Mungo (2008)”
A promotional poster for The Beatles’ album “Love” is on the wall in the background of a photo of Alice (59 minutes and 30 seconds).

Lake Mungo (2008)

Storyline: A supernatural drama about grief.


23. Home Movie (2008)

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Interesting Fact about “Home Movie (2008)”
This movie is the directorial debut of actor Christopher Denham.

Home Movie (2008)

Storyline: Documents one family’s descent into darkness, using a compilation of found home-made footage. In the remote woods of upstate New York, the Poe family lives a Norman Rockwell life.


24. Quarantine 2: Terminal (2008)

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Interesting Fact about “Quarantine 2: Terminal (2008)”
Some may believe that the character Nial, illegally brought a gun on the plane.

Quarantine 2- Terminal (2011)

Storyline: A plane is taken over by a mysterious virus. When the plane lands it is placed under quarantine. Now a group of survivors must band together to survive the quarantine.


25. Cloverfield (2008)

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Interesting Fact about “Cloverfield (2008)”
The film was shot in 34 days, in Los Angeles under the fake title “Slusho” and in New York under the fake title “Cheese”.

Cloverfield

Storyline: Revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people.


26. The Fourth Kind (2009)

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Interesting Fact about “The Fourth Kind (2009)”
“The Fourth Kind” is a reference to scientist J. Allen Hyneks famous categories involving the sightings of UFOs. Close Encounters of the Third Kind also referred to this scale.

Fourth Kind

Storyline: A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.


27. Evil Things (2009)

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Interesting Fact about “Evil Things (2009))”
The film took three months to write, seven days to shoot, and one month to edit.

Evil Things (2009)

Storyline: On January 9, 2009, five college students left New York City for a weekend in the country. 48 hours later, all five students have simply vanished without a trace. There were no leads and no evidence – until now.


28. The Possession of David O’Reilly (2010)

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Interesting Fact about “The Possession of David O’Reilly (2010)”
Movie Mistake: On the second morning that David stays over, he takes his cell phone and sees it says “Call”. He tries to answer it, and the phone then says “Low Battery”. But he sees this, you can see that the battery icon is fully lit. The phone has full battery power.

The Possession of David O'Reilly (2010)

Storyline: A supernatural shockumentary about a demonic presence in a young couple’s home in London.

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  1. horroronscreen June 26, 2014 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Really cool list, I’ve seen most of those and used your list to select my 10 favorite found footage horror (here is the link: Top 10 Found Footage). What are favorites in your list?