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The Found Footage Phenomenon

The Found Footage Phenomenon

Directed by Phillip Escott, Sarah Appleton

The Found Footage Phenomenon tracks the untold story of the found footage film, from its origins before and within Cannibal Holocaust, The Blair Witch Project and The Last Broadcast, beyond its boom in the late noughties with Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield and REC. The documentary showcases how found footage horror became a global sensation with films such as Kōji Shiraishi’s NOROI: The Curse, Shirome and Occult, The Paz Brothers’ JeruZalem, André Øvredal’s Trollhunter and also the differences between how the British and American film industries took to the genre respectively. Found footage spans four decades already and films such as Host, Death of a Vlogger and Spree have proven that it’s not done with us yet. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL.

A documentary tracking the history of the untold story of the global sensation; found footage.

Cast: Ruggero Deodato, Eduardo Sanchez, Lance Weiler, Stefan Avalos, Oren Peli

Member Reviews

This was amazing!! no words can really describe it but if you're into found footage movies this documentary is a real awesome treat.

1 day ago

Entertaining look at the history of found footage.

6 days ago

Not the most engaging documentary ever, it's worth a watch but it does retread quite a bit of the same ground or not really say all that much while literally saying a lot.

1 week ago

Interesting. But I would have really liked a deep dive into Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity and ANY mention of Hell House LLC. I mean, Shudder has Hell House readily available, they’re really a BIG miss.

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