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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 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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The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Paranormal Activity is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 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) 5 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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Grave Encounters is listed (or ranked) 6 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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As Above, So Below is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added 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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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 8 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 Logan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
HakovoGuajardo added Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang

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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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Paranormal Activity 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 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 Bay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
sonof100maniacs added Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

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Creep is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
maycon-mattos added 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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Paranormal Activity 3 is listed (or ranked) 14 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 Last Exorcism is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Devil's Pass is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Fourth Kind is listed (or ranked) 17 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 Houses October Built is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
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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TrollHunter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg Trollhunter is a 2010 Norwegian dark fantasy film, made in the form of a "found footage" mockumentary. It is written and directed by André Øvredal, and features a mixed ...more

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Afflicted is listed (or ranked) 20 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 Sacrament is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Cannibal Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 22 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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The Den is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
RussellBrill added 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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REC 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Manuela Velasco, Albert Grabuleda Capdevila, Javier Botet 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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Behind the Mask: The Rise of L... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Robert Englund, Zelda Rubinstein, Scott Wilson Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is a 2006 American mockumentary horror film and black comedy directed by Scott Glosserman. It stars Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals and Robert Englund. ...more

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Apollo 18 is listed (or ranked) 26 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 Michael King is listed (or ranked) 27 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.

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Bobbi Sue Luther, Ron Harper, Amy Lyndon The Poughkeepsie Tapes is an American documentary-style 2007 horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and starring Bobbi Sue Luther, Samantha Robson and Ivar Brogger.

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Lake Mungo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Steve Jodrell, Talia Zucker, Tamara Donnellan Lake Mungo is a 2008 Australian psychological horror mockumentary film directed by filmmaker Joel Anderson and stars Talia Zucker.

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The Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added Luke Arnold, Peter Overton, Goran D. Kleut The Tunnel is a 2011 Australian horror film directed by Carlo Ledesma, and co-written, co-produced and co-edited by Julian Harvey and Enzo Tedeschi. The film stars Bel Deliá, Andy ...more

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Exists is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added Madison Burge, Brian Steele, Roger Edwards Exists is a 2014 horror film that was directed by Eduardo Sánchez. The film had its world premiere on March 7, 2014 at South by Southwest and stars Chris Osborn and Samuel Davis as two ...more

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The Conspiracy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added Angela Besharah, Laura DeCarteret, James Gilbert The Conspiracy is a 2012 Canadian conspiracy thriller film written and directed by Christopher MacBride and features actors Aaron Poole, James Gilbert, Alan C. Peterson, and Julian Richings. It ...more

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Diary of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Quentin Tarantino, Stephen King, Simon Pegg Diary of the Dead is a 2007 horror film by George A. Romero. Although independently produced, it was distributed theatrically by Dimension Films and was released in cinemas on February 15, 2008 ...more

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Grave Encounters 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
GabrielCabrera added Brenda McDonald, Peter Chao Grave Encounters 2 is a 2012 Canadian-American horror film, directed by John Poliquin, written by The Vicious Brothers and the sequel to the 2011 film Grave Encounters. It is shot in found ...more

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Paranormal Activity 4 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
StacyWolfe added Sprague Grayden, Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston Paranormal Activity 4 is a 2012 American supernatural horror film, directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, directors of Paranormal Activity 3, and written by Christopher Landon from a story ...more

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Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
Gbi KalibataCity added Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan Chronicle is a 2012 American found footage science-fiction thriller film directed by Josh Trank. After gaining telekinetic powers from an unknown object, three teenagers use their abilities for ...more

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The Atticus Institute is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added John Rubinstein, Rya Kihlstedt

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Unfriended is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead 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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The Banshee Chapter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
HakovoGuajardo added Ted Levine, Katia Winter, Michael McMillian Banshee Chapter is a 2013 horror film and the directorial debut of Blair Erickson. The film had its first screening at the Fantasy Filmfest on August 22, 2013 and released on video on demand on ...more

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Final Prayer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added Gordon Kennedy, Robin Hill, Aidan McArdle The Borderlands, released in the United States as Final Prayer, is a 2013 British found footage horror film directed by Elliot Goldner. A group of Vatican investigators research an old church ...more

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Alien Abduction is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
GabrielCabrera added Jillian Clare, Walter Phelan, Katherine Sigismund Alien Abduction is a 2014 found footage science fiction horror film and the directorial debut of Matty Beckerman. The movie was released to VOD on April 4, 2014, and also had a limited ...more

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Willow Creek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added Peter Jason, Bryce Johnson, Alexie Gilmore Willow Creek is a 2013 independent found footage film about a couple interested in Bigfoot lore, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. The film was premiered at the 2013 Independent Film ...more

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Project Almanac is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added Sofia Black D'Elia, Amy Landecker, Gary Grubbs Project Almanac is a 2015 American found footage science fiction thriller film directed by Dean Israelite and written by Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman. Filmed in 2013 and originally ...more

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Paranormal Activity: The Marke... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added Molly Ephraim, Meredith Eaton, Katie Featherston Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is a 2014 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Christopher B. Landon. Released on January 3, 2014 in the United States, it is the first ...more

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Megan is Missing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
sonof100maniacs added April Stewart, Tammy Klein, Jennifer DiBella Megan Is Missing is a 2011 American drama horror movie written and directed by Michael Goi. The movie is presented by way of "found footage" and follows two teenage girls that go ...more

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Europa Report is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
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Skinwalker Ranch is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
AlexCondie added Erin Cahill, Jon Gries, Michael Horse Skinwalker Ranch is a 2013 sci-fi horror film that was directed by Devin McGinn. The movie had a video on demand and limited theatrical release on October 30, 2013 and stars Taylor Bateman, ...more

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Hell House LLC is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
ArmyOfDaDead added Hell House LLC Kristin Michelle Taylor, Theodore Bouloukos, Natalie Gee

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Evidence is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added Radha Mitchell, Stephen Moyer, Caitlin Stasey Evidence is a 2012 thriller film written by John Swetnam and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.

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Atrocious is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies
MatthewGill added Rafael Amaya, Ferran Castera, Jose Masegosa "In April of 2010, Spanish police reported the discovery of 37 hours of recorded evidence that shed new light on a gruesome murder investigation. The found footage documents a family of ...more