Top 13 Scariest Halloween Found Footage Films – Popular Vote Results
It’s that time of the year! What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than to watch some spine chilling found footage films? Found Footage Critic opened the polls to our readers, inviting everyone to search our formidable library of found footage films and select their top scariest Halloween picks for 2015.
We received submissions spanning six continents and across 15 countries around the globe and tallied the results! Below are the top 13 scariest found footage films as voted by found footage film fans worldwide! The films are sorted by user rating, which is calculated independently of this poll.
Not surprisingly, the results include the tried and true classics The Blair Witch Project (1999), [REC] (2007), and Paranormal Activity (2007) all three of which helped define the found footage genre. Also included is Grave Encounters (2011), which builds on the foundation of found footage and raises the bar for jump scares to new heights. We also have some newcomers to the found footage arena that are destined to be included in the next generation of classics, The Houses October Built (2013) and The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014). Two lesser known titles that made the top-13 list are The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007) and Lake Mungo (2008), two hidden gems that are eerily haunting. Also included are the widely popular films Cloverfield (2008), V/H/S (2012), V/H/S/2 (2013), Afflicted (2013), and Unfriended (2014) all of which are worthwhile contributors to the found footage genre.
We also want to acknowledge films that received votes, but not quite enough to make the top-13 list. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see our honorable mentions list.
Top-13 Scariest Halloween Found Footage Films (Sorted by User Rating)
What starts as a poignant medical documentary about Deborah Logan's descent into Alzheimer's disease and her daughter's struggles as caregiver degenerates into a maddening portrayal of dementia at its most frightening, as hair-raising events begin to plague the family and crew and an unspeakable malevolence threatens to tear the very fabric of sanity from them all.
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.
Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance.
After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban 'starter' tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to.
16 year old Alice Palmer drowns in a local dam. When her body is recovered and, her grieving family buries her. The family experiences a series of strange, inexplicable events centered in and around their home. Unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny. Ray discovers that Alice led a secret, double life. At Lake Mungo, Alice's secret past emerges.
Best friends Derek and Clif set out on a trip of a lifetime. Their plan: travel to the ends of the earth, see the world, and live life to the fullest. But the trip soon takes a dark and bloody turn. Just days in, one of the men shows signs of a mysterious affliction which gradually takes over his entire body and being. Now, thousands of miles from home, in a foreign land, they must race to uncover the source of his illness before it consumes him completely. Footage of their travelsmeant to docu...[Read More]
Lance Preston and the crew of "Grave Encounters", a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where unexplained phenomena have been reported for years. All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted - it is alive - and it has no inte...[Read More]
Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them...
While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. At first they think it's a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends' darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something out of this world, something that wants them dead. Told entirely from a young girl's computer desktop, Unfriended redefines 'found footage' for a new generation of teens.
Honorable Mentions – Found Footage Films That Didn’t Make the Top-13 List
Last but certainly not least, we want to acknowledge found footage films voted by our readers that did not make the top-13 list. These films are all found footage masterpieces in their own right and are well worth watching during the Halloween season.
- [REC]2 (2009)
- 388 Arletta Avenue (2011)
- Alien Abduction (2014)
- Alone with Her (2006)
- As Above, So Below (2014)
- Atrocious (2010)
- Banshee Chapter (2013)
- Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
- Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
- Crowsnest (2012)
- Devil’s Due (2014)
- Devil’s Pass (2013)
- Digging Up the Marrow (2014)
- Exhibit A (2007)
- Exists (2014)
- Extraterrestrial (2014)
- Haunted Changi (2010)
- Home Movie (2008)
- Inner Demons (2014)
- Man Bites Dog (1992)
- Marble Hornets (2009)
- Noroi: The Curse (2005)
- Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
- Skew (2011)
- The Bay (2012)
- The Borderlands (2013)
- The Den (2013)
- The Last Broadcast (1998)
- The Last Horror Movie (2003)
- The Last Witch (2015)
- The McPherson Tape (1989)
- The Sacrament (2013)
- The Tunnel (2013)
- Wer (2013)