Real die hard fans of the horror movie genre know that the first, and maybe the most terrifying found footage movie was the 1980 movie, Cannibal Holocaust, controversial at the time after rumors swirled that the footage was not fake. As with a lot of the best movies of all time, some thought the footage and story were very much real. The director, Ruggero Deodato, was arrested on obscenity charges because of the extremely graphic scenarios depicted in the movie.
More recently found footage has seen a resurgence in popularity.The extremely successful Paranormal Activity was what really injected new life into the genre. A host of other found footage movies followed, notable titles include Cloverfield, V/H/S, and Quarantine, most of which were moderately successful. Horror has seemed to be the go to approach for the majority.
Then there are other found footage horror movies that are truly set apart from the rest. One of the most outstanding that comes to anyone’s mind when you think of non-horror found footage is Project X. Project X takes the viewer through a day in the life of three high school losers just trying to be cool, get the girl, and break all the rules. They achieve their goals in spades when they throw what grows into the greatest party anyone this side of the Pacific has ever seen.
Directors haven’t given up on reinventing the genre. It seems that each year they manage to engage audiences across the globe, thinking of more exciting, unbelievable ways to add a new kind of twist. Although, even though they are horror movies, they could still use catchy movie theme songs here and there.