1st Summoning: Found-Footage Horror Makes The Occult Feel Dull

All the rage in horror several years ago, found-footage horror movies have slowly fizzled out. In the last few years, a few gems have been released including Creep and Unfriended. But we’re a long ways away from the annual trotting out of Paranormal Activity movies. But earlier this month, Netflix added under-the-radar indie horror, 1st […]

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The Blair Witch Project: Still Scaring Campers 20 Years Later

It’s hard to believe, but it has been almost 20 years since The Blair Witch Project haunted movie theatres. Written and directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, The Blair Witch Project is a landmark film. Critics loved it; audiences drove up big box office receipt. To date, it remains one of the most successful […]

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Creep: A Found-Footage Gem For Horror Fans

Blame The Blair Witch Project, and its shaky camera work. But once The Paranormal Activity franchise took off, horror filmmakers increasingly turned to the found-footage format. Between 2010 and 2015, the horror genre churned out dozens of found-footage titles including The Den, Unfriended, and even a Blair Witch sequel/reboot. One of the better found-footage offerings […]

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Bad Ben: DIY Found-Footage Haunts Familiar Ground

Cannibal Holocaust introduced the idea of ‘found-footage’. Nearly 20 years later, The Blair Witch Project fully embraced the concept. And when Paranormal Activity replaced the Saw franchise as the annual Halloween tradition, the found-footage horror (FFH) was officially its own subgenre. Though over-saturation has led to FFH fizzling out, hidden gems occasionally surface. Nigel Bach’s […]

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Paranormal Investigation Exorcises Scares Out Of Two Horror Subgenres

If the supernatural exists and, if they see Paranormal Investigation on Netflix, they’ll leave us alone. Director Franck Phelizon isn’t content with ruining paranormal horror movies. No, he takes a giant crap on the found footage horror subgenre for good measure. But if you were a fan of last year’s faux-documentary, Demon House, you’re in […]

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Unfriended: Dark Web Is a Servicable But Disappointing Sequel

Following the success of Unfriended, Blumhouse Productions wasted no time announcing a sequel. Writer and director Stephen Susco has some horror credentials. Previously, Susco worked on screenplays for The Grudge and Texas Chainsaw 3D. Though the sequel uses the same laptop and smartphone format, it’s a standalone film with no narrative connection to its predecessor. […]

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The Houses October Built 2: A Sequel That Should Have Stayed Buried

The Houses October Built was a 2014 found-footage horror film that carved out a small following for itself. Despite mixed reviews, it was a decent chiller that delivered just enough unsettling mood without exhausting its found-footage approach. Like Hell House LLC and Hell Fest, writer and director Bobby Roe effectively exploited growing public interest in Halloween […]

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Paranormal Activity: Ranking the Found-Footage Franchise

Cannibal Holocaust introduced grindhouse fans to the found-footage format. Two decades later, The Blair Witch Project took the format mainstream with its pre-viral marketing campaign and pseudo-documentary approach. A handful of found-footage horror films would surface in the early 2000’s. Yet Paranormal Activity was the true follow-up box office hit that cemented the found-footage approach […]

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Hell House LLC 2 Cordially Invites You Back to The Abaddon Hotel

As it turns out, Christmas isn’t the only holiday that encourages giving. With Halloween just over a month away, horror-streaming service Shudder surprised horror fans. Last week, Shudder debuted the surprise sequel to found-footage gem, Hell House LLC. The first film was a hidden gem that showed the found-footage format could still produce scares. With […]

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Hell House LLC Scares New Life out of Found Footage

Hell House LLC probably suffered somewhat from audience burnout with found-footage horror (FFH). Despite a release almost two years ago to most VOD-streaming platforms, Stephen Cognetti’s fun little horror film has largely languished in obscurity. I saw it for the first time last fall and was pleasantly surprised. With a Shudder-exclusive sequel released earlier this […]

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