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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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REC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

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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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

Released: 2014

Directed by: John Erick Dowdle

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

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, + more

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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The Blair Witch Project ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

Released: 1999

Directed by: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

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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Grave Encounters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
GabrielCabrera added Alex Sander, Merwin Mondesir, Mackenzie Gray

Released: 2011

Directed by: Stuart Ortiz, Colin Minihan

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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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

Released: 2008

Directed by: Matt Reeves

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) 7 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
HakovoGuajardo added Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang

Released: 2014

Directed by: Adam Robitel

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Paranormal Activity is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

Released: 2007

Directed by: Oren Peli

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) 9 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
GabrielCabrera added Adam Wingard, Mindy Robinson, Lawrence Michael Levine

Released: 2013

Directed by: Gregg Hale, Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Eduardo Sánchez, Gareth Evans, + more

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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Quarantine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Erick Dowdle

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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The Last Exorcism is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
GabrielCabrera added Ashley Bell, Elton LeBlanc, Iris Bahr

Released: 2010

Directed by: Daniel Stamm

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) 12 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg

Released: 2010

Directed by: André Øvredal

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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Creep is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
maycon-mattos added Creep Mark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice

Released: 2014

Directed by: 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) 14 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton

Released: 2009

Directed by: Olatunde Osunsanmi

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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Devil's Pass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added Gemma Atkinson, Richard Ried, Matt Stokoe

Released: 2013

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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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Paranormal Activity 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
StacyWolfe added Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden, Katie Featherston

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tod Williams

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 Bay is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
sonof100maniacs added Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl

Released: 2012

Directed by: Barry Levinson

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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The Houses October Built... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
The Houses October Built Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe

Released: 2014

Directed by: 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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Paranormal Activity 3 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
StacyWolfe added Sprague Grayden, Johanna Braddy, Meredith Eaton

Released: 2011

Directed by: Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost

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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

Released: 2013

Directed by: Ti West

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

Released: 2013

Directed by: Derek Lee, Clif Prowse

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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REC 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Manuela Velasco, Albert Grabuleda Capdevila, Javier Botet

Released: 2009

Directed by: Paco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

REC 2 is a 2009 Spanish horror film sequel to 2007's REC and the second installment of the REC series. The film was written and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, both of whom ...more

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The Den is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
RussellBrill added The Den Melanie Papalia, Bill Oberst Jr., Matt Riedy

Released: 2013

Directed by: Zachary Donohue

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) 24 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman

Released: 1980

Directed by: Ruggero Deodato

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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Unfriended is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead

Released: 2014

Directed by: Levan Gabriadze

Unfriended is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by Levan Gabriadze. A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the ...more

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