Top 10 Movies Shot like a Documentary

Marie Skillern| October 9, 2014

Since the phenomenal success of the Blair Witch Project, it is not surprising that there is an avid rise of horror movies that are now being shot “found footage” style. Here are some memorable horror movies that first came into recognition with this style. Let’s go over the Hollywood movies shot like a documentary.

1.)    The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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The forerunner of this new genre, the Blair Witch Project proved that special effects are not necessary to give the audience one heck of a scare. The film’s story revolves around the supposed disappearance of three film making students in Burkittsville, Maryland.  The students were out to investigate a local legend called the Blair Witch. The said movie was the footage that recorded the students’ ordeal before their disappearance.

2.)    Home Movie (2008)

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This documentary focuses on the dark descent of the Poe family who attempts to live an idyllic life in the home in the remote woods of New York. It chronicles mainly of the twins Jack and Emily Poe who had displayed some disturbing behavior.

3.)    Quarantine/ Rec (2008, 2007)

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These two films, one of which is the Spanish original, recount the horrific tale of a group of firefighters along with a newscaster and her cameraman as they respond to an emergency call from an apartment.

4.)    The Last Exorcism (2010)

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This exorcism movie pushes away from the typical point of view in most exorcism movies. The film recounts the tale of a girl named Nell and her ordeal at the hands of a demon. The story focuses from the point of view of Reverend Cotton Marcus who is a disillusioned evangelical minister who realizes that he may be facing the real deal.

5.)    V/H/S (2012)

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The film is shot mainly from “found footage” point of view and features a series of horror stories. It forms an anthology that is recorded in different VHS. The said film shorts are written and directed by the directing quartet known as Radio Silence and is composed of Adam Wingard, Dacid Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid and Joe Swanberg.

6.)    Noroi: The Curse (2005)

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This Japanese horror film is unusually long for the typical horror movie that we are used to seeing. This chronicles a production group that goes to investigate one of Japan’s haunted curses and with a terrible price.

7.)    Paranormal Activity (2007)

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Another famous movie that joins its predecessor, the film centers on a rather disturbing ordeal of a young couple who seemed to be haunted by a supernatural presence in their own home. This iconic movie has spanned sequels.

8.)    Chronicle (2012)

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Ever wonder what happens when hormonal teenagers get superpowers? This film chronicles the aftereffects of three high school boys who gains telekinetic powers after having contact with a very strange object. And as most movie plots go, everything is fun until one of them gradually descends into darkness.

9.)    Cloverfield (2008)

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This sci-fi movie chronicles the tale of an alien/ monster invasion against the backdrop of New York City. It follows the perspective of four new Yorkers who encounter the said monster in the midst of a farewell party.

10.) Grave Encounters (2011)

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This Canadian supernatural horror film recounts of how a paranormal show can absolutely go wrong. In an effort to launch a new episode for their show Grave Encounters, a group of paranormal experts lock themselves in in one of the most haunted mental asylums in their hometown. What starts out as their usual shoot becomes their very last.

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