Found-footage movies are really great! I know not every single reader out there will agree with me. In fact, the first time I saw a found-footage film, I was really astonished. I thought they are the type of film that every horror movie lover loves to watch. As years passed by, I discovered exactly the opposite.
Most people actually don’t like found-footage films; excluding Paranormal Activity.
What is Found Footage?
Let me define what found-footage movies really are since it will help you understand what I’m talking about if you’re not really so much into movies.
As Wikipedia puts it:
Found footage is a genre of film making, especially horror, in which all or a substantial part of a film is presented as discovered film or video recordings, often left behind by missing or dead protagonists. The events on screen are seen through the camera of one or more of the characters involved, who often speaks off screen. Filming may be done by the actors themselves as they recite their lines, and shaky camera work and naturalistic acting are often employed
I was Introduced to Found Footage..
The first time I watched a found-footage movie was a few years ago on HBO. It was named Quarantine. Later I found out that the movie was actually a remake of the original film named REC (I bet you know the word that appears next to the red dot in most video camera screens when filming).
The story of Quarantine was really awesome. It was full of tense not just because of the screenplay, but more because I had this feeling going on inside me that everything that I’m watching is real. I know that it’s not, but trust me, the screen was repeatedly fooling me into thinking that these things are real. I’ll write a review on Quarantine someday later.
The second found footage movie I watched was The Blair Witch Project. It’s an American psychological horror film (note the word, psychological) that tripped me into thinking that it was totally real! Or at least based on real events. This movie deserves an independent review so I’ll just stop spoiling the storyline and tell you that I didn’t repent any second of the movie.
At last, I began to wonder why I haven’t been watching Paranormal Activity lately. That is probably the most popular and successful film in found footage genre that has been lengthened to three sequels.
I don’t know why, I couldn’t watch Paranormal Activity because it seemed downright boring. My elder brother, who is also a movie lover, tells me that he put all his efforts into watching this film but after 30 mins of hard working (patience!) he had to finally give up. I agree with him. Paranormal Activity is boring. But all the other found footage films that I watched aren’t.
Found Footage on TV
Have you heard of the horror TV series named The River? If you haven’t, you should really look for it and see if. If you love horror movie at all, you will definitely love it and you will find your mind glued to it, literally. Not to mention, it’s a combination of regular footage and found footage filming. And I think they nailed it combining the both style of camera work.
To be clearer, at The River, you see not just found footage but also footages like they appear on most other films (I’d rather refer to them as normal camera work). The editors of the series have done an outstanding job mixing both types of entirely different camera work into a smooth and lively timeline that literally sticks your eyes on the screen and makes you use swear words when commercial breaks take place.
I think The River is no longer on air. I’m not residing in the U.S. so I don’t know if these TV series are telecast repeatedly. You may be able to find a DVD at local stores.
Back to the point
So, the whole point of this post was, do you like found footage-type films? If yes, let’s hug bro!
*Hugs* “Wanna drink something?”
But if you’re not a big fan of found footage movies, I’m really wondering is that because found footage camera work make you more scared? As far as I know, found footage is mainly used in horror movies where they fit the best. And the camera shake it provides to make the whole work look amateur ultimately makes things look more scary.
Please have no shy in confessing the fact that you dislike found footage movies because they scare the hell out of you!
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