Found Footage

[6.0] Like the first movie and The Blair Witch Project before it, PA2 utilizes a faux verite approach to exploit some of our most primal fears. I’m not sure I want this crude, unpolished treatment to become a full-blown sub-genre, but one of these kinds of movies every couple of years could be a nice diversion from homogenized remakes of iconic horror movies. Basically, if …

[7.5] M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) returns to form after over ten years of sub-par and crappy output. The Visit is a small-scale but clever character-driven thriller about two children who go for a week-long visit with grandparents they’ve never met before. Things are okay at first, but then the grandparents begin exhibiting strange behavior. Then things start to get spooky… and that’s all …

[5.0] Blair Witch is a sequel that plays out more like an amped up remake of 1999’s now-classic The Blair Witch Project. More kids are going into the Burkittsville woods where the legend of the Blair Witch is still very much alive. This time, it’s so that a young man can find out what happened to his sister (one of the characters from the original …

[8.0] This monster movie from the creators of Lost and Felicity combines low-budget ingenuity with high-budget production values for a thrilling movie going experience. The whole film is hand-held ‘found footage’ documenting a group of friends’ attempted escape from Manhattan after the city is attacked by a raging leviathan. The monster’s design is fresh and original, and the young cast do very good jobs running …

[7.0] Exists is easily the best Bigfoot movie ever made. There’s still room for improvement, but I have to applaud writer Jamie Nash and director Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project) for making my favorite boogeyman as scary as he ought to be. The monster is fast, furious, angry, and towering. The story isn’t the most original, but it suffices. Five college kids sneak away …

[5.5] Bobcat Goldthwait takes us to Bigfoot country in this found-footage film about a Sasquatch enthusiast who drags his girlfriend into the woods to help him shoot a documentary at the site where the famed Roger Patterson footage of the creature was recorded back in 1967. On one hand, this is easily one of the best Bigfoot movies ever made, but that really isn’t saying …

[4.0] Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam) slums it with this found footage horror flick about a small Maryland community that gets infected by mutant parasites. The core concept is a solid one, building off the real-life parasite Cymothoa, which eats away and replaces the tongues of fishes (Google some pictures if you dare!) Unfortunately, found footage movies are officially cliche and it’s …