Found Footage Horror Films:
Archive of film reviews for "cinema verite" and "found footage"" style films
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Film Review: The Bucks County Massacre (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: “The Bucks County Massacre” was compiled from video footage found at the scene of a horrible crime. The editors would like to express their sympathies to the families of the victims. They would also like to express their gratitude to the local authorities for their involvement and cooperation on this project. The public release of “The Bucks County Massacre” is done with the express consent of the families of the victims and all authorities … Continue reading

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Film Review: Evidence of a Haunting (2010)

SYNOPSIS: Evidence of a Haunting follows a small group of Texas paranormal investigators – Rayne, Sam, Tor, Father Bowden, Echo and Shelly – filming three adventures for their reality TV show where they encounter a variety of entities, spirits and ghosts. During the final chapter, their investigation run head on into a demon that dwells in the underground tunnels beneath a nearby community college. What they discover will test the beliefs, their fears and their … Continue reading

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Film Review: Paranormal Incident (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: The infamous Odenbrook Sanitarium closed after a mass suicide occurred within its walls. Sixty years later, six college students armed with cameras and recording equipment venture into the asylum to prove the existence of the paranormal. Thrills turn into nightmares as members of the group go missing without a sound, cell phones mysteriously vanish, corridors turn into mazes, walls appear where doors once stood, flashlights fail and something or someone begins toying with the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Alien: Origin (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A movie created from “found footage” of a lost military expedition that exposes the origins of life on earth. REVIEW: My first thought when hearing the title “Alien: Origin” from the folks over at The Asylum I assumed it would be some sort of “Prometheus” mockbuster. Instead, I just sat through a film that ran just under ninety minutes and I feel like I just pissed away an entire day. If I didn’t have … Continue reading

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Film Review: Area 407 (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Survivors of an airplane crash find themselves within the borders of a government testing area and pursued by predators. REVIEW: “Area 407” is the latest arrival in the cinema verite game. In many ways, the film is to the level that I “expected” “Chernobyl Diaries” to be. But as they say, Chernobyl Diaries” didn’t live up to expectations. “Area 407″ does have a fair amount of interesting qualities to it. Some of those may … Continue reading

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Film Review: Deserted House (aka The Haunted House Project) (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Over the past 42 years, six people have gone missing, eight people have died “accidently” and eleven cases of murder have occurred in a deserted house. 3 members of an abandoned house exploring club and 3 staff members of a broadcasting company go into the deserted house. All of them disappear. REVIEW: By now, you would think with all their expertise in the ghost and scary ambience department, that the Asian market would step … Continue reading

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Film Review: 7 Nights of Darkness (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: In 2010 six reality television show contestants spent seven nights in an abandoned and haunted asylum. The show never aired but an editor for the network was able to piece together some footage. The prize for staying all seven nights was a share of one million dollars that was to be split amongst any contestants that didn’t leave. No prize money was ever awarded. REVIEW: And so it begins, another entry into the cam … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cloverfield (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people. REVIEW: Taking a que from a few other “like” style films, Cloverfield is one of the few to really draw up ALOT of pre-release hype. In fact, its set and details were kept so under wrap that just the fact of not knowing what the Cloverfield monster looked like seemed to be enough … Continue reading

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Film Review: Troll Hunter (Trolljegeren) (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of three college filmmakers set out to investigate what appears to be an illegal bear hunting situation in the mountains and forests of Norway. What they discover instead is the gruff but quiet hunter Hans who reluctantly acquiesces to their accompanying him as he hunts something far more unlikely…and far more dangerous. REVIEW: Directed by Andre Overdal Written by Andre Overdal Starring: Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen and Tomas Alf Larsen I … Continue reading

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Film Review: Grave Encounters (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: 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 has 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 … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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SYNOPSIS: Three film students travel to Maryland to make a student film about a local urban legend… The Blair Witch. The three went into the woods on a two day hike to find the Blair Witch, and never came back. One year later, the students film and video was found in the woods. The footage was compiled and made into a movie. The Blair Witch Project. REVIEW: To review the Blair Witch Project, a 1999 … Continue reading

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Film Review: Evidence (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Ryan is making a documentary on his friend, Brett, about camping for the first time. However, once they begin camping, they discover that there is a mysterious figure that is hunting them. REVIEW: By now your probably wondering what more could filmmakers possible come up with in regards to a handheld camera and cinema verite premise? The interesting thing about these films I’ve often found is the planning that goes behind the reveals when … Continue reading

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Film Review: Little Big Boy: The Rise and Fall of Jimmy Duncan (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Successful horror film director Jimmy Duncan begins work on his anticipated fourth film, “Death Stalker,” but runs into mounting production issues. His hot tempter, larger-than-life ego and deteriorating mental state make it difficult for him to trust anyone and complete his ambitious project. Haunted by the tragedies of his childhood, Jimmy Duncan descends into a demented, destructive mindset. Jimmy struggles with his own insanity desperately fighting his heinous, murderous impulses. No one is safe. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Re-cut (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Following the discovery of the murder of two twin girls in their family’s barn, a former reality TV-star is dispatched by a TV-news station to uncover the mystery behind their gruesome deaths. REVIEW: Director – Fritz Manger Starring – Ross Kohn, Meredith Phillips, Austin Basis The idea of the actual existence of “snuff films” is one that has been presented in several horror films. My personal favorite among these is “Vacancy” starring Kate Beckinsale … Continue reading

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Film Review: Meadowoods (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: In a sleepy and uneventful small town, three college students, bored and desperate to make their mark, plot a savage and merciless murder. Electing to keep a video journal to memorialize their bizarre pact, they plot in secret, devising a homemade death chamber that will allow them to see, hear, feel, and linger over their intended victim’s torment and final moments of life. Then, chosen at random, a fellow student becomes this victim when … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hallow’s Eve – Slaughter on 2nd Street (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Days before the annual opening of Slaughter on Second Street, Owensboro’s premiere haunted attraction, a tragedy befalls one of their own. Despite pleas from the manager, Buck Masters, the attraction is shut down until the mystery is solved. In his frustration, Buck devises a plan to get the haunt back on its feet and make some extra money while he’s at it. REVIEW: Greetings once again Boils and Ghouls, to yet another edition of … Continue reading

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Trailer: Apollo 18 – Weinstein says footage is authentic

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As the April release of Dimensions new “found footage” flick APOLLO 18 creeps ever closer the hype machine is cranking into full gear, as it should. Anyone that’s taken a high school history class knows that Apollo 17 was the last manned mission to the moon. Not so claims this latest in the “reality” film craze. Seems that another manned flight, APOLLO 18 actually occurred a year later in Dec. of 72 and things went … Continue reading

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Film Review: Unaware (2011)

SYNOPSIS: A young couple, Joe and Lisa, travel to Texas to visit Joe’s grandfather Roy; however, when they arrive unannounced, they find Roy is not home and will not be returning for a few days. Instead of leaving to stay elsewhere, Joe has other plans convincing Lisa to stay at the home for the weekend. When the visit should take a romantic turn, Joe, allowing his curiosity to get the best of him, begins to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Paranormal Activity (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: A young couple that has recently moved in together tries to document the paranormal activity that seems to be plaguing them. At first the activity is small — objects moving over night, the occasional creaky floorboard etc. But with each new incident they feel the presence in their home growing stronger and more daring. They eventually consult a psychic who says that this entity may be demonic in nature, as opposed to being just … Continue reading

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Film Review: Monsters (2010)

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SYNOPSIS:  Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear & grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was guaranteed as an INFECTED ZONE. Today,the Americans & Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures…. REVIEW Ok my (un)friendly acolytes, It’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: District 9 (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: When aliens land on Earth, global business conglomerate Multi-National United forces them into rigid containment zones where they are compelled to labor, even as MNU commandeers their otherworldly technology for profit. As tensions build between human and non-human races, a rogue agent leads a resistance movement against MNU’s ruthless consolidation of power. Neill Blomkamp directs this cinema veritĂ©-style sci-fi thriller. REVIEW: District 9 is a 2009 science fiction film starring Peter Jackson as the … Continue reading

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