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9 Found Footage Movies You Should Die Before You See

21 March 2016 3:46 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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When Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin claimed to have shot footage of the creature known as Bigfoot in 1967, they unwittingly inspired a clutch of dirt-cheap docudramas where the line between fact and fiction was kept deliberately blurry. One of the most popular was Charles B Pierce’s The Legend Of Boggy Creek (1972), which purported to be an investigation into monster sightings in Arkansas swamp country.

Years later, filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, searching for a story they could film cheaply and quickly, took inspiration from those movies to create The Blair Witch Project. They may also have been familiar with the Mondo Cane school of exploitation documentaries – where events were staged or manipulated – a technique that also inspired Cannibal Holocaust (1980).

Then there was Man Bites Dog (1992), where a film crew follows a killer around Brussels as he randomly murders people. The film ends with a shot »

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