Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday Screen Time #25: Found footage

Happy Saturday, everyone! You may remember that I shared my Halloween movie watchlist a couple weeks ago. Well, not surprisingly, I haven't stuck to it at all. Instead, I've been on a found footage horror kick! I've watched some great movies and some awful ones, but here they are!


Hell House LLC - I spotted this movie while browsing Amazon Prime's horror section and was immediately intrigued by the found footage aspect. I'd never heard of Hell House LLC, but the blurb promised of a crew of people setting up a haunted house in an actual haunted hotel! Going in totally blind, I was SO impressed with this movie! It was genuinely spooky with what appeared to be all practical effects. The actors were also genuinely good. I highly recommend this one if you're a fan of found footage! (4/5 stars)

Leaving D.C. - After finishing Hell House, I headed over to find some lists of great found footage movies. Leaving D.C. was on a lot of lists, so I was very excited to watch it. This is a film with one actor through most of it, although another woman makes a brief appearance. Leaving D.C. follows a man setting up his life in the middle of nowhere and the spooky(?) stuff that happens around him. Unfortunately, the scares weren't as good as I'd hoped and the ending is extremely unsatisfying. Luckily it's a pretty short film so I don't feel like I wasted too much time. (1.5/5 stars)

Man Vs. - This one was also on several lists of good found footage horror. Unfortunately, I couldn't even finish this one because I was so bored. It's about a man filming a reality show alone in the woods. He starts hearing weird noises, but it got a little too sci-fi for me. If you're more into science fiction than horror, you may enjoy this one! (DNF)

Grave Encounters - I discovered this movie a few years ago and it is hands down one of my top horror movies of all time. This one is about a crew of reality show ghost hunters who don't really believe in ghosts. Filming an episode in a haunted asylum changes that though, as everything begins to get strange. Time doesn't make sense and the building shifts around them. It's a wild, terrifying ride that I definitely recommend to horror fans who love found footage. (5/5 stars)

Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel - You know, the internet warned me about this movie, but I did it anyway. Everything that made Hell House LLC amazing is missing in this one. The actors are awful, the effects are awful, and the story tries too hard to build on lore that didn't need to be expanded. It's just a mess. (1/5 stars)

Have you seen any of these? What did you think?
What are your favorite found footage movies?
Let me know in the comments!