The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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List Criteria: Vote up the top found footage horror films

In the mood for a frightful night? Browse through this list of the scariest found footage films, for movies with the most terrifying fake recordings from cameras unearthed from a creepy basement or the depths of hell or whatever. This list has been ranked by horror film fans and casual critics, so you know each of these best found footage scary movies will be sure to turn movie night into fright night. One of the creepiest types of horror, found recordings are often presented as the only known surviving evidence about a bloody event, like torture or mass slaughter. The 1980 film Cannibal Holocaust is recognized as one of the earliest in the genre, featuring lost film canisters found by anthropologists. Due to its graphic brutality and violence, the movie was banned in several countries, and its director was even charged with obscenity and with making a snuff film. Oh boy! Some of the best horror movies now fall into this genre, including V/H/S, Paranormal Activity, and The Blair Witch Project. If you don’t see a particular movie with scary found footage listed, go ahead and add it to the list. Or, if you don’t agree with the rankings, you can vote for your own favorite scary movies featuring found footage and get it placed higher on the list.


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    V/H/S is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Drew Sawyer

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    Paranormal Activity is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

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    The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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    V/H/S 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    V/H/S 2

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    REC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez

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    Grave Encounters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Alex Sander, Merwin Mondesir, Mackenzie Gray

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    As Above, So Below is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    The Taking of Deborah Logan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang

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    Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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    Quarantine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

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    Paranormal Activity 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden, Katie Featherston

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    The Bay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl

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    The Last Exorcism is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Ashley Bell, Elton LeBlanc, Iris Bahr

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    Paranormal Activity 3 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Sprague Grayden, Johanna Braddy, Meredith Eaton

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    Devil's Pass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Gemma Atkinson, Richard Ried, Matt Stokoe

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    The Conjuring 2013 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    The Conjuring 2013

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    The Fourth Kind is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton

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    The Sacrament is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, A. J. Bowen

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    The Houses That October Built is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    The Houses That October Built

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    TrollHunter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg

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    Afflicted is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Zach Gray, Michel Gill, Greg Ng

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    Melanie Papalia, Bill Oberst Jr., Matt Riedy

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    Behind the Mask: The Rise of L... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Robert Englund, Zelda Rubinstein, Scott Wilson

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    Cannibal Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman

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    Julie McNiven, Dale Dickey, Tomas Arana

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    Creep is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Mark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice

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    REC 2 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Manuela Velasco, Albert Grabuleda Capdevila, Javier Botet

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    Apollo 18 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Warren Christie, Michael Kopsa, Andrew Airlie

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    Lake Mungo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Steve Jodrell, Talia Zucker, Tamara Donnellan

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    The Poughkeepsie Tapes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Bobbi Sue Luther, Ron Harper, Amy Lyndon

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    Exists is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Madison Burge, Brian Steele, Roger Edwards

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    The Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Luke Arnold, Peter Overton, Goran D. Kleut

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    Grave Encounters 2 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Brenda McDonald, Peter Chao

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    Diary of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Quentin Tarantino, Stephen King, Simon Pegg

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    Alien Abduction is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Jillian Clare, Walter Phelan, Katherine Sigismund

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    The Borderlands is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Paranormal Activity: The Marke... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Molly Ephraim, Meredith Eaton, Katie Featherston

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    Atrocious is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Rafael Amaya, Ferran Castera, Jose Masegosa

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    Skinwalker Ranch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Erin Cahill, Jon Gries, Michael Horse

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    Willow Creek is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Peter Jason, Bryce Johnson, Alexie Gilmore

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    The Conspiracy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Angela Besharah, Laura DeCarteret, James Gilbert

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    The Atticus Institute is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    John Rubinstein, Rya Kihlstedt

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    Paranormal Activity 4 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Sprague Grayden, Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston

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    V/H/S/2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Adam Wingard, Mindy Robinson, Lawrence Michael Levine

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    Megan is Missing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    April Stewart, Tammy Klein, Jennifer DiBella

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    Project Almanac is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Sofia Black D'Elia, Amy Landecker, Gary Grubbs

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    The Banshee Chapter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Ted Levine, Katia Winter, Michael McMillian

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    Apartment 143 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Rick Gonzalez, Gia Mantegna, Michael O'Keefe

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    Devil's Due is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Aimee Carrero, Allison Miller, Vanessa Ray

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    Area 51 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Susan Lanier, Sandra Staggs, Roy Abramsohn

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