Today I am going to be sharing everything I plan to watch for Found Footage February. I wanted to dedicate one month to a horror sub-genre I’m loving more and more. I haven’t seen any of these films, but I’m really excited to check them out. In March, I will post my wrap-up, thoughts and ranking of all the movies. Without further ado, here is my list!
1.) Grave Encounters
This 2011 Canadian found footage film follows a crew of ghosthunters, hoping to catch some scares on camera at an abandoned psychiatric hospital for their television show. As you can imagine, they end up getting a lot more than they bargained for. I’ve heard Grave Encounters is super terrifying. It’s definitely one of my most anticipated movies on this list.
2.) Grave Encounters 2
I couldn’t watch the first film without the second, so Grave Encounters 2 also made my list. In the sequel, film students break into an abandoned psychiatric institution to research a movie’s paranormal claims but quickly discover ghosts are very real when they are tortured at the hands of their terrifying study subjects. I’ve heard it’s just as good and scary as the original!
3.) Lake Mungo
Lake Mungo is an Australian found footage film from 2008. It’s highly regarded and recommended to me constantly. It follows a young girl named Alice, who drowns while swimming. This causes her family to begin experiencing inexplicable events in their home. They hire a parapsychologist whose investigation unveils Alice’s secret double – leading them all to Lake Mungo. I unfortunately know the twist ending already but I don’t think it will take away from the impact. Excited for this one!
Can you believe I’ve never seen Cloverfield? It’s a classic, I know! As a group of New Yorkers enjoy a going-away party, a creature the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Using a handheld video camera, the friends record their struggle to survive as New York crumbles around them. I wouldn’t normally gravitate toward this type of story, but I’m curious to see what the hype is all about.
5.) The Poughkeepsie Tapes
This is a heavy one friends! I’m sure I’ll regret subjecting myself to it later. The Poughkeepsie Tapes is about New York homicide investigators, who find hundreds of videotapes of torture, murder, and dismemberment, showcasing a serial killer’s work over the decades. I’ve heard it’s extremely dark and disturbing, but I’m intrigued…
If you didn’t know, Quarantine is the American remake of the found footage classic, Rec. I love the original, so I’m excited for this version. Reporter Angela (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman Scott are doing a story on night-shift firefighters for a reality TV program, when a late-night distress call takes them to a Los Angeles apartment building. There, they find police investigating a report of horrific screams. What they discover is too terrifying for words. I’m ready to be impressed!
7.) The Houses October Built
I’ve heard this is the perfect Halloween found footage movie. Looking for a good fright on October 31st, five friends set off on a road trip to discover the scariest underground haunts. As their trip seems to reach a dead-end, strange things start to happen, and it becomes clear that the haunt has come to them. This film sounds right up my alley, and I cannot wait to watch it all unfold.
8.) Unfriended: Dark Web
I really enjoyed the original Unfriended, but I have heard Dark Web was terrible. Nevertheless, I will give it a go! After finding a laptop, a young man goes online to play a game with five of his good friends. He shows them a mysterious folder that plays disturbing videos of people who appear to be in danger. They then receive an anonymous message that warns they will all die if they disconnect or call the police. The planned night of fun quickly turns deadly as each user becomes the target of something sinister. I’m expecting it to disappoint but who knows, I might be pleasantly surprised?
9.) The Gallows
This found footage movie has been on my radar for a while. In 1993, a freak accident involving a noose kills teenager, Charlie Grimille, during a high-school production of “The Gallows.” Twenty years later, on the eve of the play’s revival, students Reese, Pfeifer, Ryan and Cassidy become trapped in the auditorium, with no way of calling for help. A night of terror awaits the four friends as they face the wrath of a malevolent and vengeful spirit. It seems Charlie will have his curtain call after all. This is absolutely my type of horror. Let’s go!
10.) Creep 2
I LOVED Creep, so naturally, the sequel made it to my list. It follows a video artist passionate about shocking stories. She soon realises she has made a mistake when she meets a serial killer in a cabin. I doubt it will be as good as the original, but I’ll keep an open mind.
11.) As Above, So Below
There are no words for how excited I am for As Above, So Below. I haven’t heard a single negative review about this movie. Archaeologist, Scarlett Marlowe has devoted her whole life to finding one of history’s greatest treasures: Flamel’s Philosopher’s Stone. According to legend, the artifact can grant eternal life and turn any metal into gold. When she learns the stone is hidden underground in the Catacombs of Paris, she assembles a crew to guide and document her historic mission. As they begin their descent, the team members have no way of knowing they are about to enter their own personal hell. The plot and location sold it for me. I’ll probably watch this one first!
Speaking of Paris, best friends Derek and Clif plan to travel the globe and live life to the fullest, but only days into the trip, one of them begins to show signs of a mysterious illness. They rush to find the source before he is consumed completely. I’m prepared for Afflicted to gross me out, but I’m also excited to see if it’s as good as most people say.
13.) The Bay
Last but not least, we have The Bay. I’m sure most of you are familiar with this found footage film. It follows Dr. Jack Abrams, the head of the Atlantic Hospital. When he becomes overwhelmed by patients, he contacts the Centers for Disease Control, who initially believe the issue was caused by a viral outbreak. The town soon descends into chaos as people begin dying en masse within hours. I’ve heard this movie is excellent. I have no doubt it will be.
Thank you so much for reading! Feel free to participate in Found Footage February too! I may not get to watch all of the movies above, but I’ll do my best.
Peace & Love xoxo