the europa report

The Europa Report – A Review


The Europa Report

Ah, The Europa Report. My regular readers will know that I included this film on my list of “5 films which showcase the best of found footage horror at the start of the year. Which sort of steals the thunder of my review, declaring my opinion in advance, doesn’t it?

Not that it really matters. To turn my usual mantra on its head, why say something in one paragraph when I can bore you for a whole post about it?

On a serious note, my opinion is unchanged (it’s a very good film), so that won’t be the point of this review. Rather, I will attempt to go into why I hold that opinion (that it’s a very good film). With me so far? Great.

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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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