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The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

Updated October 8, 2020 58.0k votes 7.0k voters 308.7k views85 items

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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, the depths of hell, alien abduction, 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 rerank this list. And, 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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  • 1
    REC
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    REC

    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet

    Released2007

    Directed byPaco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

  • 2
    As Above, So Below
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    As Above, So Below

    Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman

    Released2014

    Directed byJohn Erick Dowdle

  • 3
    Grave Encounters
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    472

    Grave Encounters

    Alex Sander, Merwin Mondesir

    Released2011

    Directed byStuart Ortiz, Colin Minihan

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  • 4
    The Blair Witch Project
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    The Blair Witch Project

    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard

    Released1999

    Directed byDaniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

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  • 5
    V/H/S
    1,613
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    V/H/S

    Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard

    Released2012

    Directed byJoe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez

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  • 6
    The Taking of Deborah Logan
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    381

    The Taking of Deborah Logan

    Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay

    Released2014

    Directed byAdam Robitel

  • 7
    Cloverfield
    1,392
    650

    Cloverfield

    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan

    Released2008

    Directed byMatt Reeves

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  • 8
    Creep
    854
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    Creep

    Mark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice

    Released2014

    Directed byPatrick Kack-Brice

  • 9
    Quarantine
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    540

    Quarantine

    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Erick Dowdle

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  • 10
    The Last Exorcism
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    The Last Exorcism

    Ashley Bell, Elton LeBlanc

    Released2010

    Directed byDaniel Stamm

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  • 11
    V/H/S 2
    1,204
    607

    V/H/S 2

    Adam Wingard, Mindy Robinson

    Released2013

    Directed byGregg Hale, Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Eduardo Sánchez, Gareth Evans

  • 12
    TrollHunter
    787
    370

    TrollHunter

    Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen

    Released2010

    Directed byAndré Øvredal

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  • 13
    Devil's Pass
    614
    293

    Devil's Pass

    Gemma Atkinson, Richard Ried

    Released2013

    Directed byRenny Harlin

  • 14
    Paranormal Activity
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    Paranormal Activity

    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat

    Released2007

    Directed byOren Peli

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  • 15
    Afflicted
    485
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    Afflicted

    Zach Gray, Michel Gill

    Released2013

    Directed byDerek Lee, Clif Prowse

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  • 16
    The Fourth Kind
    882
    467

    The Fourth Kind

    Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas

    Released2009

    Directed byOlatunde Osunsanmi

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  • 17
    The Bay
    687
    345

    The Bay

    Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly

    Released2012

    Directed byBarry Levinson

  • 18
    The Houses October Built
    656
    331

    The Houses October Built

    Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews

    Released2014

    Directed byBobby Roe

  • 19
    Hell House LLC
    522
    88

    Hell House LLC

    Kristin Michelle Taylor, Theodore Bouloukos

    Released2015

    Directed byStephen Cognetti

  • 20
    Paranormal Activity 2
    956
    596

    Paranormal Activity 2

    Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden

    Released2010

    Directed byTod Williams

  • 21
    Het avondmaal
    495
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    Het avondmaal

    Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg

    Released2013

    Directed byTi West

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  • 22
    The Poughkeepsie Tapes
    556
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    The Poughkeepsie Tapes

    Bobbi Sue Luther, Ron Harper

    Released2007

    Directed byJohn Erick Dowdle

  • 23
    REC 2
    548
    278

    REC 2

    Manuela Velasco, Albert Grabuleda Capdevila

    Released2009

    Directed byPaco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

  • 24
    The Den
    440
    261

    The Den

    Melanie Papalia, Bill Oberst Jr.

    Released2013

    Directed byZachary Donohue

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  • 25
    Paranormal Activity 3
    806
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    Paranormal Activity 3

    Sprague Grayden, Johanna Braddy

    Released2011

    Directed byAriel Schulman, Henry Joost

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