The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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List Criteria: Vote up the top found footage horror films

In the mood for a frightful night? Browse through this list of the scariest found footage films, for movies with the most terrifying fake recordings from cameras unearthed from a creepy basement or the depths of hell or whatever. This list has been ranked by horror film fans and casual critics, so you know each of these best found footage scary movies will be sure to turn movie night into fright night. One of the creepiest types of horror, found recordings are often presented as the only known surviving evidence about a bloody event, like torture or mass slaughter. The 1980 film Cannibal Holocaust is recognized as one of the earliest in the genre, featuring lost film canisters found by anthropologists. Due to its graphic brutality and violence, the movie was banned in several countries, and its director was even charged with obscenity and with making a snuff film. Oh boy! Some of the best horror movies now fall into this genre, including V/H/S, Paranormal Activity, and The Blair Witch Project. If you don’t see a particular movie with scary found footage listed, go ahead and add it to the list. Or, if you don’t agree with the rankings, you can vote for your own favorite scary movies featuring found footage and get it placed higher on the list.


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    Paranormal Activity 
	is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

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    The Blair Witch Project 
	is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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    V/H/S 
	is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Drew Sawyer

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    REC 
	is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez

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    V/H/S 2 
	is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    V/H/S 2

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    Grave Encounters 
	is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Alex Sander, Merwin Mondesir, Mackenzie Gray

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    Quarantine 
	is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

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    As Above, So Below 
	is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Cloverfield 
	is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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    The Taking of Deborah Logan 
	is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang

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    Paranormal Activity 2 
	is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden, Katie Featherston

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    The Fourth Kind 
	is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton

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    TrollHunter 
	is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg

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    The Last Exorcism 
	is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Ashley Bell, Elton LeBlanc, Iris Bahr

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    The Sacrament 
	is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, A. J. Bowen

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    Paranormal Activity 3 
	is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Sprague Grayden, Johanna Braddy, Meredith Eaton

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    Devil's Pass 
	is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Gemma Atkinson, Richard Ried, Matt Stokoe

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    The Bay 
	is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl

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    REC 2 
	is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Manuela Velasco, Albert Grabuleda Capdevila, Javier Botet

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    Afflicted 
	is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Zach Gray, Michel Gill, Greg Ng

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    Melanie Papalia, Bill Oberst Jr., Matt Riedy

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    The Poughkeepsie Tapes 
	is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    Bobbi Sue Luther, Ron Harper, Amy Lyndon

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    Cannibal Holocaust 
	is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman

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    The Houses That October Built 
	is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies


    The Houses That October Built

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    Creep 
	is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Mark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice

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    Behind the Mask: The Rise of L... 
	is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Robert Englund, Zelda Rubinstein, Scott Wilson

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    Lake Mungo 
	is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Steve Jodrell, Talia Zucker, Tamara Donnellan

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    Julie McNiven, Dale Dickey, Tomas Arana

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    The Conjuring 2013 
	is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

    ranked low on reranks & added by MarcoBorges
    The Conjuring 2013

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    Apollo 18 
	is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Warren Christie, Michael Kopsa, Andrew Airlie

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    Exists 
	is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Madison Burge, Brian Steele, Roger Edwards

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    Paranormal Activity: The Marke... 
	is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Molly Ephraim, Meredith Eaton, Katie Featherston

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    The Borderlands 
	is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Alien Abduction 
	is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Jillian Clare, Walter Phelan, Katherine Sigismund

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    Atrocious 
	is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Rafael Amaya, Ferran Castera, Jose Masegosa

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    Willow Creek 
	is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Peter Jason, Bryce Johnson, Alexie Gilmore

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    The Atticus Institute 
	is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    John Rubinstein, Rya Kihlstedt

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    Skinwalker Ranch 
	is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Erin Cahill, Jon Gries, Michael Horse

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    Diary of the Dead 
	is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Quentin Tarantino, Stephen King, Simon Pegg

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    Paranormal Activity 4 
	is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Sprague Grayden, Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston

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    Project Almanac 
	is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Sofia Black D'Elia, Amy Landecker, Gary Grubbs

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    The Tunnel 
	is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Luke Arnold, Peter Overton, Goran D. Kleut

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    Evidence 
	is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Radha Mitchell, Stephen Moyer, Caitlin Stasey

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    The Banshee Chapter 
	is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Ted Levine, Katia Winter, Michael McMillian

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    Home Movie 
	is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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    Adrian Pasdar, Cady McClain, Austin Williams

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    Devil's Due 
	is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

    added by MatthewGill
    Aimee Carrero, Allison Miller, Vanessa Ray

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    Apartment 143 
	is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

    added by MatthewGill
    Rick Gonzalez, Gia Mantegna, Michael O'Keefe

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    Grave Encounters 2 
	is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

    added by GabrielCabrera
    Brenda McDonald, Peter Chao

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    Europa Report 
	is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

    added by MatthewGill

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    Unfriended 
	is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

    added by MatthewGill

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