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Found Footage Film Reviews

Found Footage Film Reviews

Welcome to our found footage film reviews page. This is the best place to find comprehensive, unbiased, objective reviews of found footage horror films. We take pride in providing honest and fair reviews of all found footage movies. Learn more about how we define, critique, and rate found footage films:

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As Above, So Below (2014) Review

"As Above, So Below" is a found footage film directed by John Erick Dowdle, who also wrote the screenplay along with his brother Drew Dowdle. The movie chronicles young polymath Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks) in her search for the Philosopher's Stone, an artifact fabled to have powerful alchemical properties and the ability to grant eternal life. The director/writer team of John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle are no strangers to the found footage genre. The Dowdle brothers are responsible for creating two pivotal films in the found footage genre, the disturbing and eerie The Poughkeepsie Ta...[Read More]

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8213: Gacy House (2010) Review

"8213: Gacy House" is a found footage horror film written and directed by Anthony Fankhauser. The film follows a team of ghost hunters who spend the night in the house of a deceased serial killer to capture evidence of paranormal activity. An opening title card informs us that six corpses were recovered in the house at 8213 Summerdale, built on the lot where serial killer John Wayne Gacy's house once stood. The film then cuts to the team of investigators: veteran paranormal investigators Robbie (Matthew Temple) and Mike (James Arthur Lewis), their assistant Lena (Rachel Riley), cameraman Ga...[Read More]

8.7

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#Screamers (2017) Review

"#Screamers" is a found footage horror film directed by Dean Matthew Ronalds and written by Tom Malloy and Dean Matthew Ronalds. The movie is presented as a documentary about the founders of an Internet startup company who happen upon a video that goes viral on their company website, but with dire consequences. We had an opportunity to speak with #Screamers co-writer and lead actor Tom Malloy, who describes the inspiration for this novel film, "I was so excited to see the film Catfish (2010) based on the trailer which made the film seem like a horror movie. Then I was disappointed, but I ca...[Read More]

8.7

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Unfriended (2014) Review

"Unfriended" is a found footage horror film from Blumhouse that is directed by Levan Gabriadze and written by Nelson Greaves. The film follows six high school friends on a Skype call who are terrorized by a malevolent entity. Unfriended is one of those rare found footage films that breathes new life into the genre by introducing a wholly new and innovative approach to cinematic storytelling. The film does just enough differently and uniquely to expand the scope of what is possible in found footage, adding to the cinematic toolbox for future found footage directors. Unfriended is prefaced...[Read More]

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The Triangle (2016) Review

"The Triangle" is a found footage horror film written and directed by David Blair, Nathaniel Peterson, Adam Pitman, Andrew Rizzo, and Adam Stilwell. The ensemble crew wears multiple hats, serving in various roles as actors, editors, and cinematographers. The film follows a documentary crew who investigate the inner workings of a commune set in the New Mexico desert. The five writer/directors worked together on a handful of small productions, with David Blair, Nathaniel Peterson, Adam Pitman, and Andrew Stilwell being regular collaborators. In 2016, the quartet released the bigfoot horror fi...[Read More]

6.8

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Mermaids: The Body Found (2012) Review

"Mermaids: The Body Found" is a made for TV mockumentary and found footage film created for the cable network Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. The film is directed by Sid Bennett and written by Charlie Foley, Sid Bennett, and Vaibhav Bhatt. Animal Planet has earned a reputation for fictionalized documentaries designed to look and feel like the genuine artifact. Since the majority of content on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel is presented in the documentary format, mixing in a faux documentary can easily cause confusion among the network's viewership, who are accustomed to tuning in ...[Read More]

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Archivo 253 (2015) Review

"Archivo 253" (Archive 253) is a found footage horror film from Mexico directed by Abe Rosenberg and written by Rosenberg and Joseph Hemsani. The film follows a group of young paranormal investigators who break into an abandoned psychiatric hospital that is rumored to be haunted. Achivo 253 is the first, and to date only, feature length film from either Rosenberg or Hemsani. The two filmmakers are frequent collaborators on short films, with Hemsani also credited as cinematographer. As of this writing, Archivo 253 appears to be Mexico’s only entry in the found footage genre. The film open...[Read More]

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The Midnight Swim (2014) Review

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They’re Watching (2016) Review

“They’re Watching” is a 2016 found footage film written and directed by Jay Lender and Micah Wright. The film is a horror-based parody of the HGTV series House Hunters International. They’re Watching starts with a cold open where a panic-stricken woman is chased down by a police officer in the woods The officer unceremoniously impales her in the head with a hatchet. Next, the officer draws his gun and fires upon the unseen male holding the video camera. From here, the upbeat opening credits play to the fictitious show Home Hunters Global with Kate Banks. In a scene that could have been l...[Read More]

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Black Water Vampire (2014) Review

"The Black Water Vampire" is a found footage horror film written and directed by Evan Tramel. The movie is presented as recovered footage from a missing documentary crew that set out to investigate a series of infamous murders and local vampire legend in the fictitious town of Fawnskin. The Black Water Vampire opens with aged police footage of a murder investigation. The body of a young woman is recovered with a large bite mark on her throat and a symbol scribed on her leg. The film later reveals that this is the last of four murders that took place over a forty year period. Each murder too...[Read More]

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