August 30, 2015

The Best of... Found Footage!

The Found Footage/POV/Hand-Held/First Person sub-genre is a derisive one at best. FF flicks can be intense and terrifying, making you feel like you;'re actually watching real footage of real people being stalked, haunted, etc... and those are the good ones. Found Footage flicks can also be cheap, shoddy, predictable, and overly-familiar, which basically renders them useless as far as scares go. Those are the bad ones.

Below, we've tried to cull the absolute best "Footage" movies from the hundreds and hundreds that are out there, which was no easy feat. We tried our best to be objective about which movies made the list, and which ones didn't, but in the end, our personal tastes played more of a role here than they usually do when we make a Best of list.

  • There will no doubt be a few movies missing from this list that will make people cry foul; Grave Encounters and The Den are two good examples of popular FF flicks that many Horror fans loved, but did nothing for us. Sorry.
  • We've also included a few movies in our Honorable Mention section that might raise some eyebrows: End of Watch isn't Horror at all, and Sinister may have some great Found Footage in it, but is by no means a FF flick. They both do the FF thing extremely well however, and so here they are.
  • The Top Six for this list was a tough one to put together, mainly because a lot of the movies below could easily be at the top of the list. Each of the movies in The Top Six were included for specific reasons, but that doesn't mean that Home Movie or The Tunnel weren't as good. Rankings are a flexible thing, so take them as you will.

If you're in the mood for a truly quality Found Footage Flick, any of the movies in our Top Six will do you right. For our money, Noroi and [REC] are probably the best (and most terrifying) of them, but then again they all bring their own unique and terrifying vision to the Found Footage Sub-Genre.

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Below are the rest of our 30 Best Found Footage Flicks, and of course, a few Honorable Mentions thrown in for good measure. Keep in mind that no "Best of" list is ever perfect, but merely a solid starting point for anyone looking to watch some great flicks. 

*Most of the links go to Amazon so that you can stream or grab yourself a copy of the movies; our review of the movie (when applicable); or in the case of some of the older & more obscure titles, IMDB, because they simply aren't available to stream or purchase.

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12 comments :

  1. A fantastic list...people slam the genre but since it took off look at how many gems we'd be without if it didnt?! Good pick on As above so below...very underated imo.

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    1. When it's good, Found Footage is really good, but yeah, it does get slammed a lot. Some of that is well deserved.

      And As Above... was way better than most people gave it credit for. So glad at least one other person out there thinks so :)

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  2. Great list, but i would put End Of Watch and PA3 (not really a fan of the second one) in the top six

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    1. Loved PA3, but we didn't want to have three movies from the same series on the list. It could have easily made it though.

      And End of Watch is brilliant. Being that it's not Horror though, in any way, we made it an honorable mention.

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  3. How Gareth Edwards' Monsters count as found footage? I don't remember it was being a found footage. Maybe I'm missing something?

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    1. It wasn't Found Footage per se, but it was shot verite style, so it felt more like a "Docu-Drama" to us. We stretched a bit on this one.

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  4. Since End of Watch is in the list, I'd put Chronicle as my favorite.

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    1. Perfectly fair, I just personally didn't care for Chronicle. Definitely a deserving "Footage" movie though.

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  5. I'd be super down to see your review of Grave Encounters.

    I was surprised to discover it's fucking awesome, interested to see why you don't agree.

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    1. Just search the title, we reviewed it :)

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  6. Does it counts "The Dyatlov Pass Incident"?

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  7. I was wondering if you've heard of "Beckoning the Butcher." It's either Aussie or NZ and done as a doc/horror. It was very low-budget with young actors but (I thought) it was excellent. I read the budget was 5000 $ but I wonder if that was a misprint as that seems absurdly low. If you get a chance, give it a watch and let us know what you think.

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