Noroi: The Curse (2005)
Film / Horror

Noroi: The Curse (2005)

Original title: Noroi Often described as “found footage”, Kôji Shiraishi’s Noroi is actually a good example of the form’s close relative, the fake documentary. Taking the form of a compilation of video material recorded by a paranormal researcher, it charts the final days and weeks before his mysterious disappearance. Jin Muraki stars as Masafumi Kobayashi, … Continue reading

V/H/S (2012)
Film / Horror

V/H/S (2012)

The first in a trilogy of hit-and-miss, multi-director films that weld the post-Blair Witch Project (1999) vogue for found footage films with that perennial genre favourite the anthology film. Like all the best portmanteaus, not all of it works but overall this was a creditable, inventive and occasionally even unsettling attempt to try something a … Continue reading

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