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Old 02-15-2018, 03:04 PM
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20+ Found Footage horror films that are actually good

From this found footage list, off the top of my head, I really enjoyed The Bay --- perhaps one of the better horror movies released in recent years that not everyone has caught. Exists is probably one of the better creature-feature films out there too.

I'd say Grave Encounters was surprisingly good, and so is As Above, So Below (although it's a bit shaky in bits).

The original Creep was really good at gradually squeezing the tension, although I didn't like the sequel much at all.

Any FF horror films you guys caught lately that are worth checking out?
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Old 02-15-2018, 03:42 PM
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The Den, Willow Creek, Exists and JeruZalem are the ones I like.
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Old 02-15-2018, 04:26 PM
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Lately? I'm not really looking to see found-footage these days. I have to get a big recommendation first. It's not that I don't like the format, but it's got to fit the plot like a glove.

Without regard to "lately" I thought these were good: Cloverfield, Chronicle, Blair With Project, VHS, VHS2, and not really horror, but I was surprised I actually liked Project Almanac. Some that were alright were Den, Paranormal Activity, Europa Report. Always thought Rec was a time waster. I was disappointed with Grave Encounters because, knowing what I know about the alien abduction thang, it could have been something so much more (and I don't mean special effects).
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Old 02-16-2018, 03:22 AM
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The Den, Willow Creek, Exists and JeruZalem are the ones I like.
JeruZalem was amazing! I wasn't too sure about it at first (the chicks bugged me), but, turned out great.
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No Mordum or American Guinea Pig - Bouquet of Guts & Gore?
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Old 03-10-2018, 10:49 PM
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Canít believe how many of these lists ignore Cannibal Holocaust.

Started the genre and is one of the most effective in terms of disturbing subject matter and some extremely effective depictions of violence and gore. So much so that Deodato was charged with obscenity and accused of it being a true blue snuff film when it was released. If you dig found footage, itís definitely worth a watch.

Warning: it does contain on screen animal cruelty.
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Old 03-12-2018, 04:06 AM
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Warning: it does contain on screen animal cruelty.
That right there is why I will NEVER watch it
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That right there is why I will NEVER watch it
I totally understand.
Itís hard to get past that stuff, but so many movies did it before the AHA became a thing.

Films like Stagecoach, Ben-Hur, First Blood, and Ciminoís infamous borefest of a flop Heavenís Gate, all sport scenes and multiple allegations of animal cruelty or death. Hell, the award winning Apocolypse Now features a scene of a water buffalo being hacked to death with a machete on camera. Even modern films are still guilty of it, but they are just more careful about what they show.

Point is, while I certainly donít enjoy, seek out, or advocate it, itís something that has happened in a lot of movies and, though despicable and unnecessary in the extreme, it wonít stop me from viewing a flick just because it contains it. But I do completely understand not wanting to see it so blatantly displayed ( I just skip past those scenes in subsequent viewings, never need to see them again ). Though if you or anyone else are curious about the film ( or any others in the genre like Ferox, etc ) there do exist cuts of them that remove the scenes of animal cruelty entirely. Just food for thought.
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I totally understand.
Itís hard to get past that stuff, but so many movies did it before the AHA became a thing.

Films like Stagecoach, Ben-Hur, First Blood, and Ciminoís infamous borefest of a flop Heavenís Gate, all sport scenes and multiple allegations of animal cruelty or death. Hell, the award winning Apocolypse Now features a scene of a water buffalo being hacked to death with a machete on camera. Even modern films are still guilty of it, but they are just more careful about what they show.

Point is, while I certainly donít enjoy, seek out, or advocate it, itís something that has happened in a lot of movies and, though despicable and unnecessary in the extreme, it wonít stop me from viewing a flick just because it contains it. But I do completely understand not wanting to see it so blatantly displayed ( I just skip past those scenes in subsequent viewings, never need to see them again ). Though if you or anyone else are curious about the film ( or any others in the genre like Ferox, etc ) there do exist cuts of them that remove the scenes of animal cruelty entirely. Just food for thought.
When you mention horses being injured in Ben-hur and such, I think many would make the distinction between displaying real animals being killed for the film, as opposed to horses falling down. For one, most people don't want to see the former, whether it's fake or not. And two, they don't want to financially endorse it either.

Some people may seek out a play where, in one part, a character's girlfriend/boyfriend breaksup with them, but they don't want to literally see it happen to a real person (some Jerry Springer fans did). There's a strong distinction between theatrical drama and reality. Most people aren't seeing Ben-hur to watch horses be tripped by wires. Rather they are assuming the film-makers aren't really harming the horses. When they found out the truth, they were against it.

To be fair to Cannibal Holocaust (1980), from what I read, all the of animals are eaten by real natives -- that is, in the story narrative, with one exception, the real animals are being killed for food, they aren't being tortured. The one exception is a pig being shot by a character 'because he's going crazy', not because he intends to eat the pig. And I think this is a distinct infraction. Instead of employing (I assume) a non-precise shot, it wouldn't have been difficult to use film craft or special effects there.
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I get where youíre coming from, and Iím not arguing in favor of financially supporting filmmakers that knowingly perpetrate violence against animals, merely stating that it happens more often than weíd think in films ( particularly older ones ) and watching them doesnít condone the behavior anymore than watching Thriller: A Cruel Picture means you are cool with desecrating corpses on camera, or liking Texas Chainsaw Massacre condones using real remains for props and unsafe work conditions for actors

As for not wanting to see these depictions of actual violence towards animals, like I said, I totally understand. But the argument that youíre financially supporting them which, by extension, means you advocate that type of behavior, is moot. They made their money already, and regardless of whether itís a low budget cannibalsploitation movie or an award winning film thatís considered a classic, the damage is done and they got away with it. As for Cannibal Holocaust, the movie that takes place around these scenes is worth watching if youíre a fan of the genre and wanted to see where it all started. As well a seeing one of the most effective and disturbing horror films of all time.
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