With the release of “Paranormal Activity 3,” the found footage genre has a new entry. Known for its quiet, everyday moments before big scares with a heightened sense of realism, found footage has become a staple of the horror genre in a few short years. The shaky, faux-documentary style really came into its own with 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project,” but examples of similar films can be traced back to as early as 1980 with the infamous “Cannibal Holocaust.”
“Blair Witch” set off the biggest and most recent crop of found footage films, but the latest releases probably owe their popularity to 2008’s “Cloverfield” and the original “Paranormal Activity.” Ultra-cheap to make, the movies can either work because of their low-budget scares or stink of a movie studio trying to cash in on the latest movie fad without spending as much. Even the king of the zombie movie, George A. Romero, tried it out in “Diary of the Dead.”
So we want to know which found footage movie you think is the best. Does the nod go to the movie that started it all, “The Blair Witch Project”? Or do you prefer your scares on the more “Paranormal” side?
Vote for your favorite in our poll past the break!
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