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13 Found Footage Films That’ll Make You Feel Like You’re Right There Watching It Play Out

The most intriguing sub-genre of 'em all.

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1. Chronicle

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: Hanging out with some pals who unexpectedly stumble into superpowers. You'll wish you had some special abilities too, especially once you begin to see what happens when they fall into the wrong hands.
20th Century Fox

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: Hanging out with some pals who unexpectedly stumble into superpowers. You'll wish you had some special abilities too, especially once you begin to see what happens when they fall into the wrong hands.

2. The Poughkeepsie Tapes

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: You're right there witnessing a psycho killer commit gruesome acts, but you can't do anything to help the victims, no matter how loud you yell at the television.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: You're right there witnessing a psycho killer commit gruesome acts, but you can't do anything to help the victims, no matter how loud you yell at the television.

3. The Visit

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: Going on a trip to visit some kids' creepy-ass grandparents, who get aggressively scarier each day.

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: Going on a trip to visit some kids' creepy-ass grandparents, who get aggressively scarier each day.

4. District 9

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: It's as if some aliens arrived a while back and were forcefully integrated into human civilization. Now, you get to be part of the film crew who is making a documentary about 'em.
TriStar Pictures

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: It's as if some aliens arrived a while back and were forcefully integrated into human civilization. Now, you get to be part of the film crew who is making a documentary about 'em.

5. Cloverfield

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: A GIANT CREATURE IS ATTACKING NEW YORK AND YOU'RE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CHAOS TRYING TO SURVIVE.
Paramount Pictures

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: A GIANT CREATURE IS ATTACKING NEW YORK AND YOU'RE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CHAOS TRYING TO SURVIVE.

6. Project Almanac

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: Hanging with a group of high schoolers doing typical teenage stuff. Oh, and time traveling to the past super casually, not worrying about tearing a hole in the fabric of time or whatever.
Paramount Pictures

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: Hanging with a group of high schoolers doing typical teenage stuff. Oh, and time traveling to the past super casually, not worrying about tearing a hole in the fabric of time or whatever.

7. Project X

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: Being in attendance for the most epic high school party, only you get to silently observe and don't have to actually deal with any human interaction.
Warner Bros. Pictures

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: Being in attendance for the most epic high school party, only you get to silently observe and don't have to actually deal with any human interaction.

8. REC

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: You're in the early stages of what's sure to be a massive, lengthy, zombie infestation. It's basically an episode of Fear The Walking Dead that takes place in Spain.
Filmax International

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: You're in the early stages of what's sure to be a massive, lengthy, zombie infestation. It's basically an episode of Fear The Walking Dead that takes place in Spain.

9. Unfriended

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: Watching high school drama unfolding on a Macbook screen, only it's way more hardcore than your run-of-the-mill teenage beef.

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: Watching high school drama unfolding on a Macbook screen, only it's way more hardcore than your run-of-the-mill teenage beef.

10. Paranormal Activity

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: Witnessing some unlucky folks experience all of the scary scenarios you imagine when you hear a bump in the night.
Paramount Pictures

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: Witnessing some unlucky folks experience all of the scary scenarios you imagine when you hear a bump in the night.

11. The Last Exorcism

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: It's like you're hanging out on a farm, which could be scenic and relaxing if it weren't for someone's demon-possessed daughter attacking people.
Lionsgate

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: It's like you're hanging out on a farm, which could be scenic and relaxing if it weren't for someone's demon-possessed daughter attacking people.

12. Phoenix Forgotten

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: You're on a trippy journey in the wrong part of the Phoenix desert with some dangerously curious folks, and some very not chill aliens lurking.
Cinelou Films

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: You're on a trippy journey in the wrong part of the Phoenix desert with some dangerously curious folks, and some very not chill aliens lurking.

13. V/H/S

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: Ever have one of those nights where you have multiple, horrifying nightmares every time you fall back asleep? It's exactly like that.
Magnet Releasing

What it makes you feel like you're experiencing firsthand: Ever have one of those nights where you have multiple, horrifying nightmares every time you fall back asleep? It's exactly like that.

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