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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V/H/S Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard Drew Sawyer

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Paranormal Activity Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat Randy McDowell

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The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard Michael C. Williams

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V/H/S 2

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REC Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet Ana Isabel Velásquez

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Grave Encounters Alex Sander, Merwin Mondesir Mackenzie Gray

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

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Cloverfield Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan Jessica Lucas

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Quarantine Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter Doug Jones

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Paranormal Activity 2 Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden Katie Featherston

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The Bay Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly Andrew Stahl

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The Last Exorcism Ashley Bell, Elton LeBlanc Iris Bahr

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Paranormal Activity 3 Sprague Grayden, Johanna Braddy Meredith Eaton

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Devil's Pass Gemma Atkinson, Richard Ried Matt Stokoe

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The Conjuring 2013

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The Fourth Kind Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas Will Patton

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The Sacrament Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg A. J. Bowen

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The Houses That October Built

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TrollHunter Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen Robert Stoltenberg

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The Den is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
The Den Melanie Papalia, Bill Oberst Jr. Matt Riedy

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Afflicted Zach Gray, Michel Gill Greg Ng

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Cannibal Holocaust Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi Robert Kerman

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Creep Mark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice

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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Robert Englund, Zelda Rubinstein Scott Wilson

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REC 2 Manuela Velasco, Albert Grabuleda Capdevila Javier Botet

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The Possession of Michael King is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
The Possession of Michael King Julie McNiven, Dale Dickey Tomas Arana

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Apollo 18 Warren Christie, Michael Kopsa Andrew Airlie

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes Bobbi Sue Luther, Ron Harper Amy Lyndon

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Exists Madison Burge, Brian Steele Roger Edwards

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Lake Mungo Steve Jodrell, Talia Zucker Tamara Donnellan

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The Tunnel Luke Arnold, Peter Overton Goran D. Kleut

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Grave Encounters 2 Brenda McDonald, Peter Chao

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Diary of the Dead Quentin Tarantino, Stephen King Simon Pegg

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V/H/S/2 Adam Wingard, Mindy Robinson Lawrence Michael Levine

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Alien Abduction Jillian Clare, Walter Phelan Katherine Sigismund

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Molly Ephraim, Meredith Eaton Katie Featherston

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Atrocious Rafael Amaya, Ferran Castera Jose Masegosa

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The Atticus Institute John Rubinstein, Rya Kihlstedt

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Paranormal Activity 4 Sprague Grayden, Kathryn Newton Katie Featherston

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Willow Creek Peter Jason, Bryce Johnson Alexie Gilmore

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Skinwalker Ranch Erin Cahill, Jon Gries Michael Horse

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The Conspiracy Angela Besharah, Laura DeCarteret James Gilbert

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Megan is Missing April Stewart, Tammy Klein Jennifer DiBella

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The Banshee Chapter Ted Levine, Katia Winter Michael McMillian

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Project Almanac Sofia Black D'Elia, Amy Landecker Gary Grubbs

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Apartment 143 Rick Gonzalez, Gia Mantegna Michael O'Keefe

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Devil's Due Aimee Carrero, Allison Miller Vanessa Ray

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Area 51 Susan Lanier, Sandra Staggs Roy Abramsohn