The Best Found Footage Horror Movies (1980-2012)

Historical Reference list of the best found footage horror movies of all time.
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1.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
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During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew. (95 mins.)
Director: Ruggero Deodato
 
2.
U.F.O. Abduction (1989 Video)
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On a typical fall evening in 1983, a young man was videotaping his niece's 5th birthday party. As the night's strange occurrences took place, he kept his video camera running, recording the entire event. (66 mins.)
Director: Dean Alioto
 
3.
Ghostwatch (1992 TV Movie)
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The BBC gives over a whole evening to an 'investigation into the supernatural'. Four respected presenters... (91 mins.)
Director: Lesley Manning
 
4.
The Last Broadcast (1998)
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A film crew ventures into the forest in search of the mythical 'Jersey Devil'. (86 mins.)
 
5.
Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998 TV Movie)
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After a mysterious blackout, a son goes out to investigate and captures footage of actual aliens. When the aliens follow him and his brothers back to their home, all hell breaks loose. (93 mins.)
Director: Dean Alioto
 
6.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
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Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. (81 mins.)
 
7.
The Black Door (2001)
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Seattle, USA, 1999. At the demand of MEG, a camera crew investigates the strange course of events that brought STEVEN H.... (96 mins.)
Director: Kit Wong
 
8.
The Collingswood Story (2002)
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A young girl staying in touch with her boyfriend via a webcam discovers an unimaginable horror linked to the house she just moved into. (80 mins.)
 
9.
The Last Horror Movie (2003)
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A serial killer uses a horror video rental to lure his next victim. What begins as a teen slasher transforms into a disturbing journey through the mind of Max Parry, a mild mannered wedding photographer with a taste for human flesh. (80 mins.)
Director: Julian Richards
 
10.
The Wicksboro Incident (2003 Video)
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In 1953 the entire population of Wicksboro, Texas vanishes. Forty five years later a witness comes out of hiding to tell the story. (71 mins.)
Director: Rico Lowry
 
11.
Zero Day (2003)
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Two troubled adolescents chronicle the events that ultimately lead up to a terrifying assault on their school. (92 mins.)
Director: Ben Coccio
 
12.
Septem8er Tapes (2004)
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One year after 9/11, an American journalist travels to Afghanistan in an effort to learn the truth about the search for Osama bin Laden. (95 mins.)
 
13.
Incident at Loch Ness (2004)
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A documentary exploring the myth of the Loch Ness monster. (94 mins.)
Director: Zak Penn
 
14.
The Lost Tape: Andy's Terrifying Last Days Revealed (2004 Video)
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During the film Dawn of the Dead, the survivors in the shopping mall communicate with a lone man named Andy, who is on the top of a building across the street. This is the footage from Andy's last days. (17 mins.)
 
15.
In Memorium (2005)
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After being diagnosed with a terminal cancer, Dennis moves with his girlfriend Lily to a new home, where... (73 mins.)
Director: Amanda Gusack
 
16.
Noroi: The Curse (2005)
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A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba." (115 mins.)
Director: Kôji Shiraishi
 
17.
Infection (2005)
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On May 19, 2004, an unprecedented biological outbreak occurred in Lawton, California. A classified N.S.A.A. report detailed the carnage which ensued that night. This film is based on that top-secret report. (81 mins.)
Director: Albert Pyun
 
18.
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
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The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he... (92 mins.)
 
19.
Alone with Her (2006)
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A quiet but disturbed young man puts the life of a woman he's obsessed with under a virtual microscope when he installs hidden cameras throughout her house. (78 mins.)
Director: Eric Nicholas
 
20.
The Hunt (2006)
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There are over 43 million hunters in the United States today. A great number of hunters...a great number of deer. Statistically something was bound to go wrong. (90 mins.)
Director: Fritz Kiersch
 
21.
S&man (2006)
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S&MAN begins with footage from Michael Powell's exploration of voyeurism, "Peeping Tom." Director JT... (84 mins.)
Director: J.T. Petty
 
22.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
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After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence. (86 mins.)
Director: Oren Peli
 
23.
[Rec] (2007)
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A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. (78 mins.)
 
24.
Diary of the Dead (2007)
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A group of young film students run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own. (95 mins.)
 
25.
The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)
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In an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, New York murder investigators uncover hundreds of tapes showing decades of a serial killer's work. (86 mins.)
 
26.
Exhibit A (2007)
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The timely story of a normal family disintegrating under financial pressure, eventually driven to the unimaginable. We witness the terrifying events unfold through daughter Judith's video camera, which subsequently becomes Exhibit A. (85 mins.)
Director: Dom Rotheroe
 
27.
Look (2007)
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The lies, betrayal, and desires of nine different groups of people are revealed as they live out their secret lives in the sight of the security cameras that capture our every movement. (102 mins.)
Director: Adam Rifkin
 
28.
Death of a Ghost Hunter (2007)
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Renowned "ghost hunter", Carter Simms is paid to conduct a paranormal investigation of a supposedly haunted house. Along with a cameraman, a reporter, and a spiritual advocate, she embarks on a three night journey into terror. (107 mins.)
Director: Sean Tretta
 
29.
Long Pigs (2007)
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A documentary by two desperate young filmmakers who stumble upon the ultimate subject, a 33 year old... (81 mins.)
 
30.
Cloverfield (2008)
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A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack. (85 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
 
31.
Lake Mungo (2008)
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A supernatural drama about grief. (87 mins.)
Director: Joel Anderson
 
32.
Home Movie (2008)
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In the remote woods of Upstate New York, David and Clare Poe are attempting to live an idyllic life. However, their twin children's bizarre behavior might just tear the family apart. (77 mins.)
 
33.
Quarantine (2008)
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A television reporter and her cameraman are trapped inside a building quarantined by the CDC, after the outbreak of a mysterious virus which turns humans into bloodthirsty killers. (89 mins.)
 
34.
Lost Tapes (2008 TV Series)
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Explores the possibility of hidden creatures through "found footage" videos and information provided by experts. (30 mins.)
 
35.
Philosophy of a Knife (2008 Video)
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The true history of Japanese Unit 731, from its beginnings in the 1930s to its demise in 1945, and the subsequent trials in Khabarovsk... (249 mins.)
Director: Andrey Iskanov
 
36.
June 9 (2008)
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What happened on june 9? On a search for some harmless fun at the end of the school year, 17 year-old... (95 mins.)
 
37.
[Rec] 2 (2009)
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In order to ascertain the current situation inside, a supposed medical officer and a GEO team step into the quarantined and ill-fated apartment building. (85 mins.)
 
38.
The Fourth Kind (2009)
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A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up. (98 mins.)
 
39.
District 9 (2009)
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An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
 
40.
The Ritual (2009)
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A serial killer begins the process of grooming a protégé, until outside influences threaten to destroy their sadistic relationship. (114 mins.)
 
41.
Cropsey (2009 Documentary)
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Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances. (84 mins.)
 
42.
Marble Hornets (2009 TV Series)
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When a film student decides to look through the tapes of a canceled project his friend Alex had directed... (217 mins.)
 
43.
Occult (2009)
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Koji Shiraishi is interested in strange indiscriminate murder at a sightseeing resort. He goes behind the camera to investigate the circumstances surrounding strange occurrences and interview the survivors. (110 mins.)
Director: Kôji Shiraishi
 
44.
D@bbe 2 (2009)
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A Turkish family is trying to stay alive at the edge of the apocalypse.
Director: Hasan Karacadag
 
45.
Evil Things (2009)
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On January 9, 2009, five college students left New York City for a weekend in the country. 48 hours later, all five students have simply vanished without a trace. There were no leads and no evidence - until now. (86 mins.)
Director: Dominic Perez
 
46.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
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After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Tod Williams
 
47.
The Last Exorcism (2010)
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A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew. (87 mins.)
Director: Daniel Stamm
 
48.
Trollhunter (2010)
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A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter. (103 mins.)
Director: André Øvredal
 
49.
Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night (2010)
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Haruka Yamano returns from America to Tokyo in a wheelchair, both legs having multiple fractures from a car accident... (90 mins.)
Director: Toshikazu Nagae
 
50.
Haunted Changi (2010)
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In January of 2010, a group of local filmmakers began exploring the famously haunted Old Changi Hospital... (79 mins.)
 
51.
Atrocious (2010)
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Two teenage siblings endure a terrifying experience while investigating a rural legend near their family's vacation home. (75 mins.)
 
52.
The Silent House (2010)
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The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late '40s in a small village in Uruguay. The film focuses on Laura... (86 mins.)
 
53.
El Sanatorio (2010)
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A group of friends decide to make a documentary about the ghosts that are supposed to be haunting The Sanatorium in Costa Rica, things get creepy when the arrive to the place. (73 mins.)
 
54.
Shirome (2010)
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Horror mockumentary about a school haunted by a wish-granting ghost that drags people off into hell if it deems their wish to be impure. (83 mins.)
Director: Kôji Shiraishi
 
55.
Undocumented (2010)
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A documentary crew accompany a group of illegal immigrants crossing the Border, but their plans run afoul when they are captured by a gang of sadistic radicals in New Mexico. (96 mins.)
Director: Chris Peckover
 
56.
Unaware (2010)
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In July 2010, a vacationing couple discovered something disturbing on a ranch in rural Texas. Armed with a home camcorder, they captured their experience on video. (81 mins.)
 
57.
The Feed (2010)
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The wildly popular TV reality series, Ghost Chasers, is hitting its 4th year on the air; to commemorate this milestone, the members of the Ghost Chasers team have decided to broadcast their anniversary show out to the world live. (73 mins.)
Director: Steve Gibson
 
58.
The School in the Woods (2010)
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A group of college students ventured into the backwoods of Louisiana to find an abandoned school. For a class project, they filmed the school for evidence of the paranormal. To hunt for ghosts. They found what they were looking for. (95 mins.)
Director: Tony Fox
 
59.
Monsters (2010)
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Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. (94 mins.)
Director: Gareth Edwards
 
60.
Vampires (2010)
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Belgium's vampire community invites a documentary crew to film one of their families: husband, wife... (88 mins.)
Director: Vincent Lannoo
 
61.
The Haunted Boy: The Secret Diary of the Exorcist (2010 Documentary)
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This is the untold story of The Exorcist, a chronicle of true events based on the priest's secret diary the world was not to see. (88 mins.)
 
62.
Subconscious (2010)
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Fanis is tormented by the same dream every night, in which he wanders through a dark forest. As he searches for the truth, Fanis begins to suspect that some of the people he meets are not who they say they are. (72 mins.)
 
63.
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
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In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home. (83 mins.)
 
64.
Grave Encounters (2011)
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For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true. (92 mins.)
 
65.
The Tunnel (2011)
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An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them. (90 mins.)
Director: Carlo Ledesma
 
66.
Apollo 18 (2011)
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Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon. (86 mins.)
 
67.
Evidence (2012)
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Ryan is making a documentary on his friend, Brett, about camping for the first time. However, once they begin camping, they discover that there is a mysterious figure that is hunting them. (78 mins.)
Director: Howie Askins
 
68.
Megan Is Missing (2011)
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Two teenage girls encounter an Internet child predator. (85 mins.)
Director: Michael Goi
 
69.
Ragini MMS (2011)
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Out to relax and have fun at a farmhouse, a couple experience horror at the hands of an unknown entity. (93 mins.)
Director: Pavan Kirpalani
 
70.
Skew (2011)
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When Simon, Rich, and Eva head out on an eagerly anticipated road trip, they bring along a video camera to record their journey... (83 mins.)
Director: Sevé Schelenz
 
71.
388 Arletta Avenue (2011)
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A young couple find themselves in an unnerving situation with a mysterious stalker. (87 mins.)
Director: Randall Cole
 
72.
The Crying Dead (2011)
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This film tells the horrifying story of the cast and crew of a new reality TV show investigating the paranormal... (81 mins.)
 
73.
Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011)
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A plane is taken over by a mysterious virus. When the plane lands it is placed under quarantine. Now a group of survivors must band together to survive the quarantine. (86 mins.)
Director: John G. Pogue
 
74.
Apartment 143 (2011)
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A team of parapsychologists try to figure out a strange phenomenon occurring in an apartment building. (80 mins.)
Director: Carles Torrens
 
75.
Lovely Molly (2011)
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Newlywed Molly moves into her deceased father's house in the countryside, where painful memories soon begin to haunt her. (99 mins.)
 
76.
The River (2012 TV Series)
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The crew of a research vessel are on a quest to find a missing TV explorer in the Amazon. (44 mins.)
 
77.
Chronicle (2012)
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Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. (84 mins.)
Director: Josh Trank
 
78.
V/H/S (2012)
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When a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for. (116 mins.)
 
79.
?: A Question Mark (2012)
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A group of friends went to shoot their film project, but never returned. A few days later, their camera was found. (82 mins.)
 
80.
P.O.V. - A Cursed Film (2012)
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As part of a show, Haruna and Mirai watch a ghost video submitted by a viewer, only to experience strange occurrences that later draw the crew to Haruna's school; the location of the taken video. (92 mins.)
Director: Norio Tsuruta
 
81.
No Vacancy (2012)
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Seven friends on a road trip break down near a rest-stop motel, where they encounter a seemingly helpful group of people. Convinced to stay overnight, the friends wake up in their rooms to a gruesome and bloody terror. (81 mins.)
 
82.
[REC] 3: Genesis (2012)
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A couple's wedding day turns horrific as some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. (80 mins.)
Director: Paco Plaza
 
83.
The Bay (2012)
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Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs. (84 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
84.
Grave Encounters 2 (2012)
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A film student who is obsessed with the movie Grave Encounters sets out with his friends to visit the psychiatric hospital depicted in the original film. (95 mins.)
Director: John Poliquin
 
85.
Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)
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It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in. (88 mins.)
 
86.
Area 51 (2015)
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Three young conspiracy theorists attempt to uncover the mysteries of Area 51, the government's secret location rumored to have hosted encounters with alien beings. What they find at this hidden facility exposes unimaginable secrets. (91 mins.)
Director: Oren Peli