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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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The Blair Witch Project ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams
The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. The film was produced by the Haxan Films production ...more

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As Above, So Below is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added As Above, So Below Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge
As Above, So Below is a 2014 American found footage horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and written by Dowdle and his brother Drew. The film was produced by Legendary Pictures and ...more

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V/H/S is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Ranker Film added Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Drew Sawyer
V/H/S is a 2012 American anthology horror film. It features a series of found-footage shorts written and directed by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and the ...more

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Paranormal Activity is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell
Paranormal Activity is a 2007 American supernatural horror film written, co-produced, photographed, edited, and directed by Oren Peli. The film centers on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who ...more

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V/H/S/2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
GabrielCabrera added Adam Wingard, Mindy Robinson, Lawrence Michael Levine
V/H/S/2 is a 2013 American anthology horror film. It features a series of found-footage shorts. It is the sequel to the film V/H/S. The sequel involves a largely different group of directors: ...more

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REC is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez
REC is a 2007 Spanish horror film, co-written and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. The film was shot in Barcelona, Spain and the title is an abbreviation of the word ...more

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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas
Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an ...more

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The Taking of Deborah Lo... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
HakovoGuajardo added Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang
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Grave Encounters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
GabrielCabrera added Alex Sander, Merwin Mondesir, Mackenzie Gray
Grave Encounters is a 2011 Canadian supernatural horror film, shot found footage style. The footage follows the crew of a paranormal reality television program who lock themselves in a haunted ...more

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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
Quarantine is a 2008 American science fiction horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and starring Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez, Columbus Short, Greg Germann, Steve Harris, Dania Ramirez, ...more

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Devil's Pass is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added Gemma Atkinson, Richard Ried, Matt Stokoe
Devil's Pass is a 2013 UK-Russian science fiction horror film directed by Renny Harlin, written by Vikram Weet, and starring Holly Goss, Matt Stokoe, Luke Albright, Ryan Hawley, and Gemma ...more

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Creep is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
maycon-mattos added Creep Mark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice
Creep is a 2014 comedy horror film directed by Patrick Brice, based on a script written by Brice and Mark Duplass. The movie, which is Brice's directorial debut, had its world premiere on March ...more

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The Fourth Kind is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton
The Fourth Kind is a 2009 American science fiction-horror film directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, starring Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Corey Johnson, Will Patton, and Mia Mckenna-Bruce. The title ...more

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The Bay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
sonof100maniacs added Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl
The Bay is a 2012 American found footage horror film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Michael Wallach. It premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in ...more

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Paranormal Activity 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
StacyWolfe added Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden, Katie Featherston
Paranormal Activity 2 is a 2010 American supernatural horror film directed by Tod Williams and written by Michael R. Perry. The film is a prequel to the 2007 film Paranormal Activity, beginning ...more

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The Last Exorcism is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
GabrielCabrera added Ashley Bell, Elton LeBlanc, Iris Bahr
The Last Exorcism is a 2010 American found footage supernatural horror film directed and edited by Daniel Stamm. It stars Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, and Louis Herthum. The film ...more

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TrollHunter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg
Trollhunter is a 2010 Norwegian found footage and dark fantasy film directed by André Øvredal. A group of students investigates a series of strange bear killings and follows a ...more

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Paranormal Activity 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
StacyWolfe added Sprague Grayden, Johanna Braddy, Meredith Eaton
Paranormal Activity 3 is a 2011 Horror Mystery film written by Christopher B. Landon and Oren Pili and directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.

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The Houses October Built... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
The Houses October Built Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe
The Houses October Built is a 2014 American found footage horror film directed by Bobby Roe. Five friends are stalked by a group of mysterious and disturbed individuals while on a road trip ...more
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The Sacrament is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, A. J. Bowen
The Sacrament is a 2013 horror thriller film written and directed by Ti West.

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Afflicted is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added Zach Gray, Michel Gill, Greg Ng
Afflicted is a 2013 Canadian found footage film that was written and directed by Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, and is their feature film directorial debut. It had its world premiere on September 9, ...more

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The Den is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
RussellBrill added The Den Melanie Papalia, Bill Oberst Jr., Matt Riedy
The Den is a 2013 found footage film by Zachary Donohue and his feature film directorial debut. The film was first released in Russia on December 23, 2013, and was given a simultaneous limited ...more

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Cannibal Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman
Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italian cannibal film directed by Ruggero Deodato from a screenplay by Gianfranco Clerici, starring Carl Gabriel Yorke, Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, and Luca ...more

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Apollo 18 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
StacyWolfe added Warren Christie, Michael Kopsa, Andrew Airlie
Apollo 18 is a 2011 American-Canadian science fiction horror film written by Brian Miller, directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego, and produced by Timur Bekmambetov and Ron Schmidt. After ...more

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The Possession of Michae... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
PatHalloran added Julie McNiven, Dale Dickey, Tomas Arana
The Possession of Michael King is a horror film directed by David Jung.