The Devil Inside (2011)
Film / Horror

The Devil Inside (2011)

When done right (The Blair Witch Project (1999), Cloverfield (2008), The Borderlands (2013) et al) found footage films can be highly impressive, a relatively cheap and effective way of immersing viewers more thoroughly in a story. When they’re done wrong, they end up looking like The Devil Inside. Originally conceived as a straight narrative film, … Continue reading

The Phoenix Incident (2015)
Film / Science Fiction

The Phoenix Incident (2015)

The Phoenix Incident mixes shaky found footage material (supposedly footage showing four young men having an unpleasant close encounter in the desert) with mockumentary interludes as not-terribly-convincing actors play loved ones, whistleblowers, experts and other interested parties commenting on the action. Taking as its inspiration the much documented sighting of mysterious lights in the night … Continue reading

Cannibal Holocaust (1979)
Film / Horror

Cannibal Holocaust (1979)

Ruggero Deodato’s largely misunderstood return to the territory he had tentatively mapped out in 1976’s inferior Ultimo mondo cannibale/Last Cannibal World/Jungle Holocaust was one of the first and most reviled of Britain’s “video nasties”. A clever, brutal movie, its in-your-face, pseudo-documentary approach gave it a fearsome reputation that still evokes disgust at the very mention … Continue reading

Trolljegeren (2010)
Film / Horror

Trolljegeren (2010)

By turns funny, scary, ludicrous and utterly compelling, Andre Øvredal’s found footage take on Scandinavian found footage folk horror seems at first to be just another The Blair Witch Project (1999) clone. The obligatory trio of camera-toting film students, Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud), Johanna (Johanna Mørck) and Kalle (Tomas Alf Larsen) set out to make … Continue reading