The “Found Footage” subgenre is one which has exploded in popularity in recent times. These films present the story as if it were discovered recordings and they are seen through one or more of the characters who are aware and often speak to the camera. This can give the film a natural feeling, which can make it much more believable. It is most often used in horror, as this realism can add to the fear and the footage is often the only remaining witness to events. Here are 10 of the best which used this tool to brilliant effect.
10. The Visit
The Visit is a welcome return to the horror genre for M. Night Shyamalan, who managed to offer a fresh twist on the found footage subgenre with this 2015 film. The film follows two teenagers who are sent on a five-day visit to meet their maternal grandparents, whom their mother has not spoken to for 15 years. As they have never met, they decide to document the visit. The grandparents are incredibly creepy and behave very strangely and it is a refreshing move away from creepy kids which has been done to death in horror, and this also allows for some humor throughout the film too. There is, of course, a twist at the end which some will predict earlier in the movie, but overall it is fun, creepy and a great reminder why M. Night Shyamalan was once such a highly acclaimed director.