Graveyard Shift 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 Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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Ranker Film added 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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GabrielCabrera added V/H/S 2 Adam Wingard, Mindy Robinson, Lawrence Michael Levine

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REC Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez

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GabrielCabrera added Grave Encounters Alex Sander, Merwin Mondesir, Mackenzie Gray

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MatthewGill added As Above, So Below

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

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Quarantine Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

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Cloverfield Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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StacyWolfe added Paranormal Activity 2 Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden, Katie Featherston

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GabrielCabrera added The Last Exorcism Ashley Bell, Elton LeBlanc, Iris Bahr

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The Fourth Kind Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton

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sonof100maniacs added The Bay Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl

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TrollHunter Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg

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StacyWolfe added Paranormal Activity 3 Sprague Grayden, Johanna Braddy, Meredith Eaton

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MatthewGill added Devil's Pass Gemma Atkinson, Richard Ried, Matt Stokoe

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maycon-mattos added Creep Mark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice

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The Houses That October Built Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe

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

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

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MatthewGill added Afflicted Zach Gray, Michel Gill, Greg Ng

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Cannibal Holocaust Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes Bobbi Sue Luther, Ron Harper, Amy Lyndon

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Lake Mungo Steve Jodrell, Talia Zucker, Tamara Donnellan

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REC 2 Manuela Velasco, Albert Grabuleda Capdevila, Javier Botet

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

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StacyWolfe added Apollo 18 Warren Christie, Michael Kopsa, Andrew Airlie

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The Possession of Michael King is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
PatHalloran added The Possession of Michael King Julie McNiven, Dale Dickey, Tomas Arana

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Diary of the Dead Quentin Tarantino, Stephen King, Simon Pegg

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MatthewGill added Exists Madison Burge, Brian Steele, Roger Edwards

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MatthewGill added The Tunnel Luke Arnold, Peter Overton, Goran D. Kleut

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GabrielCabrera added Grave Encounters 2 Brenda McDonald, Peter Chao

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MatthewGill added Atrocious Rafael Amaya, Ferran Castera, Jose Masegosa

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MatthewGill added The Conspiracy Angela Besharah, Laura DeCarteret, James Gilbert

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MatthewGill added Europa Report

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MatthewGill added The Borderlands

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MatthewGill added The Atticus Institute John Rubinstein, Rya Kihlstedt

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StacyWolfe added Paranormal Activity 4 Sprague Grayden, Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston

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MatthewGill added Willow Creek Peter Jason, Bryce Johnson, Alexie Gilmore

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

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isuru-premathunge added The Grudge Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

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MatthewGill added Unfriended

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GabrielCabrera added Alien Abduction Jillian Clare, Walter Phelan, Katherine Sigismund

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sonof100maniacs added Megan is Missing April Stewart, Tammy Klein, Jennifer DiBella

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HakovoGuajardo added The Banshee Chapter Ted Levine, Katia Winter, Michael McMillian

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MatthewGill added Apartment 143 Rick Gonzalez, Gia Mantegna, Michael O'Keefe

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AlexCondie added Skinwalker Ranch Erin Cahill, Jon Gries, Michael Horse

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

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MatthewGill added Evidence Radha Mitchell, Stephen Moyer, Caitlin Stasey