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American Horror Story’s First Foray into the Found Footage Genre

Found footage isn’t something you see a lot of on television . It’s hard to sustain the format over an indefinite period, even years depending on the show. Aside from 2009’s short-lived found footage series The River (2012), and the occasional one-off or original episodes, like Doctor Who’s Sleep No More, found footage is still primarily found in movie theaters and VOD rather tha...

Interview with O. Unilateralis (2016) Director Michelle Nessk

Found Footage Critic recently sat down via Skype with writer/director/actor/indie horror auteur Michelle Nessk, who wrote, directed, and starred in the upcoming found footage horror film O. Unilateralis (2016).  Proudly based in Seattle, Nessk has been working in the industry since 2007, including as a talented special effects artist, having studied under the legendary Cleve Hall. In addition to w...

UFO: Es Ist Hier (2016) – Interview with Director DANIELE GRIECO

We had the privilege of interviewing Daniele Grieco, director of two pivotal German found footage films UFO Es Ist Hier (2016) and Die Präsenz (2014). Found Footage Critic had an opportunity to discuss Daniele Grieco’s latest and much-anticipated horror sci-fi found footage film, UFO Es Ist Hier (2016). The movie follows five film students shooting a documentary at a local zoo who set out to...

Top 5 Halloween Found Footage Films for 2016 – Found Footage Critic Staff Picks

It’s that time of year again! The leaves are turning color, there’s a chill in the air, and the smell of fear is upon us—Halloween is approaching! This year the Found Footage Critic staff writers each offer their top found footage picks for Halloween. Below we present five horrific found footage films that appeal to the unique sensibilities of each of our writers. Are you brave enough ...

What We Do in the Shadows Spinoff Coming to TV

The found footage horror comedy What We Do in the Shadows will be coming to television with the spinoff Paranormal Events Response Unit. The 2014 film, created by Kiwi writer-directors  Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement, revolved around a group of centuries-old vampires sharing a flat in modern Wellington. The spinoff will be a police procedural starring two cops who appeared briefly in Shadows, ...

Dean Alioto: The McPherson Tape, UFO Abduction, and Alien Abduction [Part 1]

Most moviegoers consider The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Paranormal Activity (2007) as the very beginning of the found footage phenomenon. However, in 1989, ten years prior to The Blair Witch Project a lesser known film called UFO Abduction made its mark on the world. The early days of the found footage genre had no established rules or cinematic history to guide filmmakers in creating movies u...

Dean Alioto: The McPherson Tape, UFO Abduction, and Alien Abduction [Part 2]

The second part of our coverage of director Dean Alioto’s two groundbreaking found footage films focuses on Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1999), the remake of UFO Abduction. Click here to read Part 1 of this article covering UFO Abduction The backstory behind Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County continues where UFO Abduction left off. Even though ten years have passed since t...

Ohio Filmmakers Go Missing in “Haunted” Pennsylvania Woods

Ohio Filmmakers Go Missing in “Haunted” Pennsylvania Woods−Is a Local Legend Responsible? Constance Wilmenson, Jessie O’ Bannon and Whiper Wilmenson left in search of Pennsylvania’s, a local urban legend that’s garnered some attention recently with the disappearance of Hellam Township teen Justin Montgomery, and never returned. It appears the urban legend is now again, just a mere week...

Interview: Oren Peli and Eduardo Sanchez Discuss Their Films & Careers

Oren Peli and Eduardo Sanchéz: Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Paranormal Actitivty (2007) are arguably two of the most influential films to grace the found footage genre. The Blair Witch Project illustrated the viewer interest and commercial potential of the genre. Paranormal Activity borrowed from the paradigm created by The Blair Witch Project,...

Re-Found Footage – Early Eduardo Sanchez & Jamie Nash Collaboration

Found footage films by their very nature are intended to look like genuine recovered footage. So, what do we call a recently discovered found footage web series that was lost amidst the passage of time and endless sea of videos on Youtube? How about “re-found footage”? This is the case with a little-known found footage horror/comedy web series called ParaAbnormal (2009). ParaAbnormal (...

Blair Witch Project Co-Creator Says Extended Version of First Film “Would Be Cool To Do”

This week’s episode of Found Footage Files Podcast featured special guest Eduardo Sánchez, co-creator of The Blair Witch Project (1999) and executive producer of the much-anticipated sequel, Blair Witch (2016). Sánchez discussed the possibility of creating an extended version of The Blair Witch Project using untapped raw footage from the original 1999 film. The filming of The Blair Witch Pro...

[Interview] Blair Witch Project Co-Creator Eduardo Sánchez Says Sequel “Blows the Doors Off” First Film

On this week’s episode of Found Footage Files Podcast we featured special guest Eduardo Sánchez, co-creator of The Blair Witch Project (1999) and executive producer of the much-anticipated sequel, Blair Witch (2016). While our discussion covered all aspects of found footage, what garnered the most attention was Eduardo Sánchez’s take on the upcoming Blair Witch sequel, scheduled for wo...

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