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The 5 films which showcase the best of found-footage horror


the last exorcism

So before Christmas, I ran down what I thought were the five worst examples of found-footage horror in film. It was a spot of spleen-venting, in which I knocked down a few of my pet hates about the format. However, I fear that in the process I may have given the impression that I don’t like found-footage as a rule.

I’m a sceptic, that much is true. As the last blog indicated, there are many pitfalls for films to fall into. But that’s not to say all of them do.

These strengths are centred around the ability to put the viewer in the midst of the action. Done right it can melt away the fourth wall from the viewer’s side, and ramp up tension, in a way which is perfectly suited to horror films.

So here you go, my top five found-footage horror films.

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