The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies Films

The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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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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  1. 1
    + 464
    - 147
    REC


    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez

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  2. 2
    + 441
    - 131
    Grave Encounters

    added by GabrielCabrera
    Alex Sander, Merwin Mondesir, Mackenzie Gray

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  3. 3
    + 542
    - 241
    Paranormal Activity

    most listed
    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

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  4. 4
    + 600
    - 264
    The Blair Witch Project


    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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  5. 5
    + 457
    - 158
    V/H/S

    added by Ranker Film
    Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Drew Sawyer

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  6. 6
    + 322
    - 139
    V/H/S 2

    added by GabrielCabrera
    V/H/S 2

  7. 7
    + 201
    - 39
    The Taking of Deborah Logan

    added by HakovoGuajardo
    The Taking of Deborah Logan Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang

  8. 8
    + 417
    - 226
    Cloverfield


    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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  9. 9
    + 330
    - 189
    Quarantine


    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

    ;
  10. 10
    + 307
    - 171
    Paranormal Activity 2

    added by StacyWolfe
    Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden, Katie Featherston

    ;
  11. 11
    + 190
    - 43
    As Above, So Below

    ranked low on reranks & added by MatthewGill

    ;
  12. 12
    + 279
    - 167
    The Fourth Kind


    Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton

    ;
  13. 13
    + 218
    - 107
    The Last Exorcism

    added by GabrielCabrera
    Ashley Bell, Elton LeBlanc, Iris Bahr

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  14. 14
    + 250
    - 134
    TrollHunter


    Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg

    ;
  15. 15
    + 227
    - 130
    REC 2


    Manuela Velasco, Albert Grabuleda Capdevila, Javier Botet

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  16. 16
    + 123
    - 55
    The Sacrament

    added by MatthewGill
    Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, A. J. Bowen

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  17. 17
    + 164
    - 94
    The Poughkeepsie Tapes


    Bobbi Sue Luther, Ron Harper, Amy Lyndon

    ;
  18. 18
    + 241
    - 152
    Paranormal Activity 3

    added by StacyWolfe
    Sprague Grayden, Johanna Braddy, Meredith Eaton

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  19. 19
    + 105
    - 54

    added by RussellBrill
    Melanie Papalia, Bill Oberst Jr., Matt Riedy

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  20. 20
    + 107
    - 26
    The Conjuring 2013

    ranked low on reranks & added by MarcoBorges
    The Conjuring 2013

  21. 21
    + 116
    - 49
    The Houses That October Built


    The Houses That October Built

  22. 22
    + 108
    - 63
    No image

    added by PatHalloran
    Julie McNiven, Dale Dickey, Tomas Arana

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  23. 23
    + 194
    - 156
    Cannibal Holocaust


    Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman

    ;
  24. 24
    + 118
    - 45
    The Bay

    added by sonof100maniacs
    Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl

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  25. 25
    + 87
    - 27
    Afflicted

    added by MatthewGill
    Zach Gray, Michel Gill, Greg Ng

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  26. 26
    + 121
    - 110
    Lake Mungo

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Steve Jodrell, Talia Zucker, Tamara Donnellan

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  27. 27
    + 101
    - 93
    Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Robert Englund, Zelda Rubinstein, Scott Wilson

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  28. 28
    + 87
    - 31
    Devil's Pass

    added by MatthewGill
    Gemma Atkinson, Richard Ried, Matt Stokoe

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  29. 29
    + 181
    - 107
    Grave Encounters 2

    added by GabrielCabrera
    Brenda McDonald, Peter Chao

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  30. 30
    + 68
    - 24
    The Tunnel

    added by MatthewGill
    Luke Arnold, Peter Overton, Goran D. Kleut

    ;
  31. 31
    + 64
    - 37
    The Borderlands

    added by MatthewGill

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  32. 32
    + 174
    - 177
    Paranormal Activity 4

    often listed & added by StacyWolfe
    Sprague Grayden, Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston

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  33. 33
    + 79
    - 44
    Megan is Missing

    added by sonof100maniacs
    April Stewart, Tammy Klein, Jennifer DiBella

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  34. 34
    + 73
    - 57
    Willow Creek

    added by MatthewGill
    Peter Jason, Bryce Johnson, Alexie Gilmore

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  35. 35
    + 100
    - 68
    Alien Abduction

    added by GabrielCabrera
    Jillian Clare, Walter Phelan, Katherine Sigismund

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  36. 36
    + 106
    - 75
    Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

    added by MatthewGill
    Molly Ephraim, Meredith Eaton, Katie Featherston

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  37. 37
    + 135
    - 111
    Apollo 18

    added by StacyWolfe
    Warren Christie, Michael Kopsa, Andrew Airlie

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  38. 38
    + 80
    - 56
    Noroi: the Curse


    Noroi: the Curse

  39. 39
    + 67
    - 45
    Skinwalker Ranch

    added by AlexCondie
    Erin Cahill, Jon Gries, Michael Horse

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  40. 40
    + 89
    - 109
    Diary of the Dead

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quentin Tarantino, Stephen King, Simon Pegg

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  41. 41
    + 56
    - 36
    Devil's Due

    added by MatthewGill
    Aimee Carrero, Allison Miller, Vanessa Ray

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  42. 42
    + 46
    - 27
    The Atticus Institute

    added by MatthewGill
    John Rubinstein, Rya Kihlstedt

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  43. 43
    + 54
    - 36
    Paranormal Entity

    added by MatthewGill
    Erin Marie Hogan, Shane Van Dyke, Norman Saleet

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  44. 44
    + 53
    - 69
    Home Movie

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Adrian Pasdar, Cady McClain, Austin Williams

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  45. 45
    + 46
    - 31
    Exists

    added by MatthewGill
    Madison Burge, Brian Steele, Roger Edwards

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  46. 46
    + 35
    - 31
    Evidence

    added by MatthewGill
    Radha Mitchell, Stephen Moyer, Caitlin Stasey

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  47. 47
    + 41
    - 26
    Atrocious

    added by MatthewGill
    Rafael Amaya, Ferran Castera, Jose Masegosa

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  48. 48
    + 41
    - 70
    Ghostwatch

    often listed
    Craig Charles, Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene

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  49. 49
    + 26
    - 20
    Unfriended

    added by MatthewGill

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  50. 50
    + 39
    - 25
    Apartment 143

    added by MatthewGill
    Rick Gonzalez, Gia Mantegna, Michael O'Keefe

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