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Found Footage Film Reviews

Found Footage Film Reviews

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The Phoenix Tapes ’97 (2016) Review

"The Phoenix Tapes '97" is a found footage sci-fi/horror film with an anonymous writer, director, and cast. The film follows four friends on a weekend getaway who find themselves at the epicenter of what is now known as the "Phoenix Lights" incident. The Phoenix Lights incident is an actual mass UFO sighting that took place in the Phoenix, Arizona region on March 13, 1997. The film's complete lack of named credits is most assuredly part of the production's marketing strategy to further the film's illusion as actual found footage. The Phoenix Tapes '97 goes so far as to forgo any opening tit...[Read More]

5.2

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VooDoo (2017) Review

"VooDoo" is a found footage horror film written and directed by Tom Costabile. The film follows a young woman from New Orleans who visits her cousin in Los Angeles when her getaway literally turns into the vacation from hell. VooDoo starts with a cold open of a woman holding a video camera who is later revealed to be a voodoo priestess. She approaches a mother and child playing in a local park and unceremoniously kills the mother and kidnaps the child whom she sacrifices in gruesome a satanic ritual. From here, the film rolls through an opening credit sequence and transitions to the main...[Read More]

8.8

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Exists (2014) Review

"Exists" is a found footage horror film directed by Eduardo Sánchez and written by Jamie Nash. The film follows a group of friends who spend a weekend in a cabin in the remote Texas woods to party and film extreme-biking—until they have a run-in with Bigfoot. Eduardo Sánchez and Jamie Nash are no strangers to the found footage genre. Eduardo Sánchez is perhaps best known as the co-creator or The Blair Witch Project (1999). Eduardo Sánchez and Jamie Nash worked together on the found footage projects ParaAbnormal (2009), V/H/S/2 (2013), "A Ride in the Park" segment, and Four Corners of Fear (...[Read More]

8.8

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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]

6.8

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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]

8.8

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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]

6.5

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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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