Even in 2021, that horror subgenre we call found footage is still alive and well.
A phenomenon that no doubt began with the massive success of The Blair Witch Project and was further fueled by the even more surprising success of the Paranormal Activity franchise, which began as a way for genre filmmakers to change a disability (lack of budget and proper equipment) With an advantage now, thanks to the development of technology, which is increasingly becoming a showcase of what can be done with consumer-grade cameras and cell phones, that even drone footage has become part of the inventory since drones have become more affordable. So far.
So unlike those early days, where movies like The Last Horror Movie, The Collingswood Story, and The Poughkeepsie Tapes all had that grainy and rugged look in common, movies with footage that can now be seen looks very stylish so some filmmakers have to use the presentation of their found film footage as a kind of documentary or vlog, which is the case of three of the four found film footage which I write here. Are any of them good? Let’s find out!
One of my favorite horror movies of the year, Thai director Banjong Pisanthanakun’s latest film (of Shutter and Pee Mak fame) seems to be stunning, all except the kitchen sink, a compendium of all the things that make horror unique and fun experience.
The story of a medium/shaman named Nim, possessed by the spirit of Ba Yan, followed by a documentary crew, the plot deepens as his nephew begins to show the same symptoms he experienced when he was first possessed by Ba Yan.
The full camera angle found doesn’t work very well here, as there are many instances where viewers will ask how certain shots were possible, especially since it was supposedly shot quickly as a documentary, and we didn’t even think about the logic of why some people belong and others are not.
But if you follow it and let the directors and the story bombard you with one delicious horror (no matter how cliché) after another, you’ll find yourself in the company of one of the funniest horror movies of the year.
The V / H / S franchise is a horror anthology series of spotted footage that comes as a collection of old VHS tapes seen in a particular location.
Finding those tapes usually makes up the story wrap and the contents of the tapes make up the rest of the film.
Because perhaps only with V / H / S: Viral as the franchise’s sweet spot, V / H / S / 94 has proven to be one of the best in the series, with all of its segments hitting the mark in an accurate and fun way.
I really like “The Subject” by Timo Tjahjanto, and over-the-top cyberpunk grindhouse gem that looks like a first-person shooter, and Ryan Prows ’latest segment titled“ Terror ”, which holds a group of extremist militiamen. of a dangerous supernatural weapon.
Paranormal Activity: Next Of Kin
With Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension being declared as the franchise’s final film six years ago, it’s a bit surprising to suddenly see a new film being sold as part of the franchise in 2021.
The surprise doesn’t end there, however, because aside from the camera angle seen in this film (a documentary crew, which is a million miles away from the lo-fi aesthetic of the previous six films), nothing is anything. here that connects this film to the franchise as has each of the previous six films, even with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.
So not only did we have to witness a completely unimaginative mockumentary reconstruction of Midsommar, but we were also deceived into believing it was a new Paranormal Activity film. It certainly isn’t.
The Deep House
If watching Paranormal Activity: Next Of Kin has already caused you a little annoyance, be prepared to get angry when you finish watching The Deep House, a new horror film with a fairly large pedigree, courtesy of directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (of Inside and Kandisha fame) and a concept – an underwater haunted house film – that promises something new and maybe new.
Told the story of two YouTubers trying to make a name for themselves by exploring the most dangerous and frightening places in the world, we are taken to a separate lake branch somewhere in France that is artificially flooded, below. where it is said that you have found a clean and perfectly preserved home.
Partially found footage film, where filmmakers use footage shot using couple cameras, GoPro, drones, and whatnot but also use standard filmmaking techniques when footage is not used that is, the whole film is greatly hampered by the nauseating nature of the filmed diver found.
This is made even worse by the absolute numbers and character development plot here. If you think The Blair Witch Project makes you dizzy, you haven’t seen it yet!