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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    Paranormal Activity is listed (or ranked) 1 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) 2 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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Drew Sawyer

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


    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez

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    V/H/S 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    V/H/S 2

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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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    Quarantine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

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    As Above, So Below is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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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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    The Taking of Deborah Logan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang

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


    Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton

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


    Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg

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    The Last Exorcism is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Sprague Grayden, Johanna Braddy, Meredith Eaton

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

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    Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, A. J. Bowen

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    Devil's Pass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Gemma Atkinson, Richard Ried, Matt Stokoe

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

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    Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl

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    REC 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Manuela Velasco, Albert Grabuleda Capdevila, Javier Botet

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    Afflicted is listed (or ranked) 20 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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    The Poughkeepsie Tapes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Bobbi Sue Luther, Ron Harper, Amy Lyndon

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    The Houses That October Built is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    The Houses That October Built

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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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    Creep is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Mark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice

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    Behind the Mask: The Rise of L... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Robert Englund, Zelda Rubinstein, Scott Wilson

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    Julie McNiven, Dale Dickey, Tomas Arana

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


    Steve Jodrell, Talia Zucker, Tamara Donnellan

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    Apollo 18 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Warren Christie, Michael Kopsa, Andrew Airlie

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    The Conjuring 2013 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    The Conjuring 2013

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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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    Paranormal Activity: The Marke... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Molly Ephraim, Meredith Eaton, Katie Featherston

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

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    Alien Abduction is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Jillian Clare, Walter Phelan, Katherine Sigismund

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

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    Rafael Amaya, Ferran Castera, Jose Masegosa

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

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    Peter Jason, Bryce Johnson, Alexie Gilmore

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    The Atticus Institute is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    John Rubinstein, Rya Kihlstedt

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

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    Quentin Tarantino, Stephen King, Simon Pegg

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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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    Paranormal Activity 4 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Sprague Grayden, Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston

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    Project Almanac is listed (or ranked) 41 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 Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Luke Arnold, Peter Overton, Goran D. Kleut

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

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    Radha Mitchell, Stephen Moyer, Caitlin Stasey

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    The Banshee Chapter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Ted Levine, Katia Winter, Michael McMillian

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    Devil's Due is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Aimee Carrero, Allison Miller, Vanessa Ray

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

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    Adrian Pasdar, Cady McClain, Austin Williams

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

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    Grave Encounters 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Brenda McDonald, Peter Chao

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    Apartment 143 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Rick Gonzalez, Gia Mantegna, Michael O'Keefe

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

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