Top 100 Found Footage / POV Horror Movies.by universe1701 | created - 24 Oct 2017 | updated - 02 Sep 2020 | Public
List of my favorite and notable found footage POV films I have watched.
Keep in mind, that the star rating for Found Footage Horror tend to be tougher in IMDB than most other places. So I will be giving my thoughts for each entry.
If your not a fan of the "shaky" cam, then look elsewhere.
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1. As Above, So Below (2014)
R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.
Votes: 91,635 | Gross: $21.20M
Going into this film, I was already hooked knowing it takes place in the underground catacombs of Paris. Perfect set up for a found footage film. At first, it starts off like a typical horror movie with the plot, then all of sudden, it literally takes you in a completely different direction, and delves into something even more terrifying than the catacombs. Honestly, the least you know going in, the better. This is my favorite found footage film, and among my favorites in the horror genre.
2. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery
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.
Votes: 254,944 | Gross: $140.54M
Wasn't the first, but sure as hell got the FF genre into the spotlight, as well as introducing me to it. Great example of what you don't see is scarier than what you do see. Strong performances by the main characters which makes it much more convincing.
3. Cloverfield (2008)
PG-13 | 85 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.
Votes: 394,670 | Gross: $80.05M
Found footage, big budget, giant monster movie done right. This was a film that had a lot of hype leading into its release, and in my opinion surpassed my expectations. Great acting, special effects with some good memorable moments, specifically the statue of liberty head scene.
4. The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)
R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An elderly woman battling Alzheimer's disease agrees to let a film crew document her condition, but what they discover is something far more sinister going on.
Huge surprise for me when I first watched it. Original concept, great acting and some truly disturbing moments. Keeps you guessing till the end.
5. REC (2007)
R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.
If I have to give one word to describe this movie, it would be "Intense". Its one big roller coaster ride from beginning to end and boy it doesn't disappoint. Great horror here that is even more amplified with the great acting. Anyone who labels this movie as simply a zombie flick is deeply limiting it.
6. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror
Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are struggling with the mundane aspects of modern life, like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
Votes: 179,962 | Gross: $3.33M
A POV Mockumentary style film focusing on a group of vampires living together. Filmed in a style similar to the TV show "The Office", examines the vampires typical nights living in a modern world. So many great humorous moments, mixed with a little seriousness here and there. The Vampire and Werewolf encounters are among the funniest.
7. Paranormal Activity (2007)
R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.
Votes: 236,431 | Gross: $107.92M
The Blair Witch Project got the Found Footage Genre into the spotlight, Paranormal Activity reinvigorated it 10 years later. Most of all the FF films of today, pretty much copy or emulate it in some way. Not the best in acting but more than makes up for it using great sound and suspense.
8. Man Bites Dog (1992)
NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.
Votes: 40,803 | Gross: $0.21M
Mockementary style film. A camera crew follows and documents a killer and thief as he does his day to day. Sort of a mild dark humor, horror hybrid. Acting is excellent and very convincing which makes it very disturbing. The main character manages to maintain a complex set of behaviors, making him fun, serious, caring, hateful, well groomed, yet disgusting. The black and white somehow makes it all feel even more raw. This is perhaps one of the best regarding human killer horror movies. Not for the faint of heart.
9. Quarantine (2008)
R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 73,378 | Gross: $31.69M
The American re-make of REC. If you are not a fan of the subtitles from the original, then you might as well watch this one. Its actually a pretty good version and stays faithful to the source material. It has all the pluses that made the original a classic along with a little additions here and there, especially at the end. However, I still prefer REC over this.
10. Trollhunter (2010)
PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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.
Votes: 73,755 | Gross: $0.25M
Didn't see this coming. Don't let the title make you think its some sort of crappy b-movie, because its not. This is a Norwegian film shot within its forests and really brings the myths to life. It has a sort of mild dark humor about it, with some surprising creepy moments, great acting and sound effects. The CGI is used a little more often than I would like, but forgivable considering how good the rest of the movie is.
11. Host (II) (2020)
Not Rated | 57 min | Horror, Mystery
Six friends hire a medium to hold a seance via Zoom during lockdown, but they get far more than they bargained for as things quickly go wrong.
As of this writing, its been a long time since I have added anything to this list. FINALLY, not only am I adding something new, its among the best in this list. Shot in a similar way as the "unfriended" films, Group of friends get on Zoom and hold a seance. Obviously, things will go wrong. What separates this film from others is its great acting and terrifying moments. I actually jumped a couple of times. Great special effects for such a low budget. Once this film gets going, it does not let go.
12. [Rec]² (2009)
R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 72,820 | Gross: $0.03M
Immediately starts off after the events of the first. Great sequel and expands on the story of who and why.
13. Afflicted (2013)
R | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
Two best friends see their trip of a lifetime take a dark turn when one of them is struck by a mysterious affliction. Now, in a foreign land, they race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely.
Votes: 23,729 | Gross: $0.12M
This is one of those films, the least you know going in, the better. I liked the idea of the main characters traveling around the world, giving it almost a sense of isolation for them into unknown territory. Creep factor is high in this one, with some impressive special effects.
14. Exists (2014)
R | 81 min | Horror, Thriller
A group of friends who venture into the remote Texas woods for a party weekend find themselves stalked by Bigfoot.
As the title suggests, Bigfoot "Exists" and its really really pissed off. I know that sounds really simplistic and it may seem b-movie territory, but I assure you there is much more to it. It actually takes a lot of the so-called common traits about Bigfoot behaviors and faithfully applies it here. I am not a believer of Bigfoot, but this movie sure as hell brings the terror of one alive.
15. Noroi (2005)
Not Rated | 115 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."
J-horror found footage/mockumentary. Very creepy and disturbing, especially at the end. However, for a horror movie, its unusually long at around two hours, and the story is unfolded slowly with a lot of attention to detail. I found this to be the films strength and keeps you interested despite the long run-time.
16. Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998 TV Movie)
93 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
This is what I would classify as a perfect Found Footage film. It has the grainy look and feel, natural and convincing performances. In terms of the subject of aliens, this is the the best in the FF genre.
17. Creep (I) (2014)
R | 77 min | Horror, Thriller
A young videographer answers an online ad for a one-day job in a remote town to record the last messages of a dying man. When he notices the man's odd behavior, he starts to question his intentions.
OK, so this is a weird one, but in a good way. There is no monster, no aliens, no ghosts, just one guy recording the daily activities of another guy. Obviously, there will be more to it as the film progresses, but I will leave you to find out what happens. The highlight is Mark Duplass and how he plays the main character with all the creepy awkwardness, always leaving you with an uncomfortable feeling from beginning to end.
18. Creep 2 (2017)
Not Rated | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
A video artist looking for work drives to a remote house in the forest to meet a man claiming to be a serial killer. But after agreeing to spend the day with him, she soon realizes that she made a deadly mistake.
I'm a fan of the first Creep, so was looking forward to this entry when it was released. I have to say that it didn't disappoint, and in some ways surpassed the first, even though I still prefer the first Creep more. Mark Duplass (Aaron) performance is fantastic. The new "victim" is surprisingly completely different in every way from the previous victim, so it introduced new and unexpected interactions between the two characters. Once again, this entry keeps you guessing right to the very end and has that same uncomfortable feeling from the previous movie. Over-all, this was a great sequel.
19. The Tunnel (I) (2011)
Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Considering this was largely a crowd funded film, this is quite impressive. The location is perfect being inside of a tunnel system, and this is probably one of the best creature/threat in a found footage film. There is a particularly disturbing scene within a flooded room and one of the characters. The acting is very convincing, and the suspense is non-stop in the second half. The film is free to watch on youtube, so go and watch it.
20. Ghostwatch (1992 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
The BBC gives over a whole evening to an 'investigation into the supernatural'. Four respected presenters and a camera crew attempt to discover the truth behind 'The most haunted house in ... See full summary »
Considering this was originally a UK TV movie, its actually quite impressive and ahead of its time. There were some legitimately creepy moments in this one. Whats even more impressive on how this was originally broadcasted back in Oct 31 1992 as a "live" show investigating and presenting an haunting, creating a huge controversy in the aftermath where people believed that it was actually happening, or were just very disturbed on what they were seeing. All that being said, I feel this movie provides in two fronts, with the movie itself and the back story surrounding it.
21. V/H/S/2 (2013)
R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller
Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance.
Votes: 39,659 | Gross: $0.02M
In my opinion, the best of the trilogy. Like the first movie, a found footage anthology film, this time focusing on 4 stories centered around VHS tapes. The two that stood out to me the most, were the cult story and the alien story. Both are unique and terrifying.
22. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)
R | 84 min | Horror, Mystery
When a young man becomes the target of a malevolent entity, he must uncover its true intentions before it takes complete control of him.
Votes: 42,619 | Gross: $32.46M
A nice change in setting for the series. Rather than the typical privileged suburban home and neighborhood, instead, takes place with a lower income Mexican american family and apartment complex. I consider this film second best in the series. Acting is great with likable characters. It also explores some interesting concepts that manages to connect with the over all series.
23. The Visit (I) (2015)
PG-13 | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Two siblings become increasingly frightened by their grandparents' disturbing behavior while visiting them on vacation.
Votes: 130,100 | Gross: $65.21M
A POV found footage style attempt by the master of "What a twist" M. Night Shyamalan. You'll never see seniors the same way after this. Overall, this was a very good horror movie with a couple of good scares and creepy moments. The most impressive aspect would be the two young leads, putting on a very strong performance, but they did at times come off a little too mature for their age. Another criticism relates to what happens with a lot of higher budget FF horror movies. It seems too polished and too professional. Also, considering these are kids, I doubt their mother would have actually afforded or even trusted them to handle those types of cameras.
24. Lake Mungo (2008)
R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Strange things start happening after a girl is found drowned in a lake.
A mockumentary with some found footage. Focuses on the mystery surrounding the sudden death of a teenager and the interviews with family and friends. This film took some unexpected and disturbing twists in the story. No jumpscares and gore here, just very convincing story telling all unfolding through the interviews and footage.
25. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
R | 83 min | Horror, Mystery
In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.
Votes: 94,623 | Gross: $104.01M
Set in the 1980's, explores the parents of Katie and Kristi and their paranormal experiences. This entry introduced some new elements with the camera and expanded into the family history. Some good creepy moments and scares.
26. Devil's Pass (2013)
R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A group of students go to the location of the infamous Dyatlov pass incident to make a documentary, but things take a turn for the worse as the secret of what happened there is revealed.
While I dont believe in all the conspiracies surrounding the dyatlov pass incident, I do find the subject interesting. I also feel this would be the obvious choice for a FF horror movie, and this one does a pretty decent job at it. It even adds some sci-fi into the mix. Starts off slow with some history and character development, but immediately takes off half way through. Pretty good special effects and decent enough acting.
27. Grave Encounters (2011)
Not Rated | 92 min | Horror, Mystery
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.
Have you ever thought to yourself, while watching one of those douchey ghost hunter shows, what they would do if there was an actual haunting and even attacked? Well, Grave Encounters tackles that idea and I feel they succeed here. This is one of those films that ends up being better than it should be. Its not perfect, but entertaining enough with some good scares.
28. Savageland (2015)
Not Rated | 82 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
When a small town near the Arizona-Mexico border is wiped out overnight, suspicion falls on the lone survivor. But a roll of photos the survivor took that night tells a different story.
Pleasantly surprised by this one. Mockumentary style horror movie. The story is told from the perspective of a documentary, with a very clever way of using photos to tell the story and horror. This is fictional, but the acting and the very creepy/disturbing photos make it convincing and leaves you on edge. No jump scares, and hardly any gore here. Watch at night, lights off and with headphones for the best effect. My only criticism is the very end at the final 2 minutes. Felt it wasn't executed very well.
29. V/H/S (2012)
R | 116 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, Adam Wingard | Stars: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard, Hannah Fierman
Votes: 62,047 | Gross: $0.10M
Found Footage style anthology film. The stories are told from the perspective of VHS copies found in a house with an overarching developing story with the characters who found them. You get a nice variety of different horror themes which mostly succeeds. My favorite story is the weird girl in the night club. This is a good introduction into the VHS trilogy. Highly recommend the second film which has a bigger budget and pacing is better.
30. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)
R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery
Using a special camera that can see spirits, a family must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan.
Votes: 27,848 | Gross: $18.30M
This is an interesting entry to the Paranormal Activity series. I have always liked the idea of sequels exploring other aspects and realms of the story. In this case, its explored via a specially built 80's video camera. Common criticism is the quality of the CGI, but honestly, I found it more than adequate and did not distract from the story. I feel this is an underrated entry to the series.
31. Hell House LLC (2015)
Not Rated | 93 min | Horror, Mystery
Five years after an unexplained malfunction causes the death of 15 tour-goers and staff on the opening night of a Halloween haunted house tour, a documentary crew travels back to the scene of the tragedy to find out what really happened.
Mockumentary found footage Film. Focuses on deaths that took place on a haunted house around Halloween. This was a nice surprise when released. Acting was great and very convincing. Characters at the beginning do come off a little douchey at times, but gets better as the film progresses. Some good creepy moments.
32. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo.
Votes: 23,909 | Gross: $0.07M
This movie completely surprised me. Its shot in a mockumentary / found footage style. Its set in a universe where slasher icons like Jason, Michael Myers and Freddie Kruger actually existed. Leslie Vernon is basically a killer who is trying to get a start in the "industry". If your a fan of slashers, then you will definitely love this with all its inside jokes of the genre. It has dark humor, but can get quite serious as well.
33. The Last Exorcism (2010)
PG-13 | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.
Votes: 49,880 | Gross: $41.03M
High budget found footage possession film, and for what its worth, it ain't bad. Actually its quite good. Its not original in any way, but does it well. The acting is convincing and does it well. Strangely, I found the main character Cotton Marcus to be extremely likable and I was actually interested in knowing his fate throughout the movie. Found Footage films, typically, have throw away characters, so this was a nice refreshing change. The ending might leave some unsatisfied, but its was fine for me.
34. Europa Report (2013)
PG-13 | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.
Votes: 71,045 | Gross: $0.13M
A found footage film with a little mockumentary in it. Tells the story of a crew traveling to the Jupiter moon of Europa to see whats under the icy surface. More of a sc-fi drama thriller, with some horror sprinkled in. Over-all, this was a great lower budget film. Acting was top notch, and visuals were impressive.
35. The Bay (II) (2012)
R | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.
Votes: 27,401 | Gross: $0.03M
A mockumentary found footage film. Focuses on an environmental event that took place on a small vacation town, before, during and after with the cover up. Acting for the most part was above average and some impressive makeup effects. It has a lower budget look, but manages to have a big budget feel with the scale of the event.
36. The Houses October Built (2014)
Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Five friends are stalked by a group of mysterious and disturbed individuals while on a road trip looking for the ultimate haunted house attraction.
If your looking for a good found footage movie to watch on Halloween, then this should be your pick. A group of friends traveling around the country looking for the best haunted house attractions. Until they piss off one specific location. Needless to say, things get out of hand. Over-all, pretty good, with convincing performances, and memorable characters.
37. The Atticus Institute (2015)
Not Rated | 83 min | Horror
When the US government attempts to weaponize the power of a possessed woman, they soon discover that there are forces that exist in this world that simply cannot be controlled.
An unexpected and impressive mockumentary/found footage film. A whole unique take on possession. Unnerving and did a great job in suspense. Acting was convincing and really made the whole thing work. I really liked the idea of how it all got started and eventually the government involvement. If your looking for something new regarding possessions, then this is the movie to watch.
38. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery
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.
Votes: 103,656 | Gross: $84.75M
Follows the family of Katie's sister from the first movie. This also begins the extended over-arching story that envelopes the rest of the series from this point forward. Not as great as the first Paranormal Activity, but manages to hold its own with good acting, some decent scares and suspense.
39. Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)
87 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
An aspiring Romanian filmmaker obsessed with Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway goes to shocking extremes to convince Anne to star in his upcoming film.
A disturbing found footage style, celebrity stalker film. Basically, guy in eastern European country making a film specifically for Anne Hathaway, using actresses to play her. Things eventually get out of hand. The main character does a great job making it feel authentic and extremely convincing. The whole film leaves you with an uncomfortable and awkward feeling.
40. The Possession of Michael King (2014)
R | 83 min | Horror
After poor advice from a psychic leads to the death of his wife, a man vows to disprove the existence of the paranormal by allowing himself to be possessed by demons.
This was actually pretty good possession movie. Good acting and some legitimate disturbing moments. There is also something about the way it looks, how it uses colors and shadows which really enhances it. Its no Exorcist, and in no way original, considering how one of the possession scenes almost feels like something out of Evil Dead 2, but it does the job well.
41. Banshee Chapter (2013)
R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Journalist Anne Roland explores the disturbing links behind her friend's sudden disappearance, an ominous government research chemical, and a disturbing radio broadcast of unknown origin.
I hesitated in adding this movie, as 80% of it is filmed the traditional style. However, it does have enough scenes of Found footage to qualify I suppose. That being said, this was an impressive lower budget gem. Some truly horrific ideas relating to government experimentation with drugs and its consequences. The lead actress, in my opinion was a bit weak in performance, but the Thomas Blackburn character is what steals the show. A clear inspiration from Hunter S. Thompson.
42. The Sacrament (2013)
R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller
A news team trails a man as he travels into the world of Eden Parish to find his missing sister, where it becomes apparent that this paradise may not be as it seems.
Votes: 18,754 | Gross: $0.01M
Documentary crew visits a remote religious cult. Heavily inspired by the events in Jonestown. They even re-enact the infamous "drinking the koolaid" moment that actually took place. If you want even more context, you can search on youtube for the real audio recording of that horrible moment. It adds an extra layer of realism into the scene, making it even more disturbing. Over-all, this movie is pretty good. Nothing new is done here, but does it well with plot, acting and suspense.
43. The Fourth Kind (2009)
PG-13 | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi