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The 5 Best Hand Held Camera Movies

Hallowe’en is just around the corner, which means it’s time for yet another installment of Paranormal Activity.  The first movie was such a huge hit, and made for dirt cheap, and part of the reason was due to using hand held cameras to make the flick.  Lost footage movies are nothing new however, and we bring to you our list of the best of the best.

This list has to start with The Blair Witch Project.  This 1999 movie was a massive hit, and the story about three film students getting lost in the woods was so convincing that it had some people believing it was real.  Of course it didn’t help that the filmmakers created fake websites, and a fake documentary trying to convince people that the footage was indeed found and that the people were actually missing.  The actors even shot most of the film themselves, and used their own names.  The movie may be cheaply made, but it can still scare you from wanting to camp out in the woods.

Of course the first Paranormal Activity needs to be mentioned as well.  At first this movie about a young couple plagued by a demonic presence had a hard time finding a distributor, but thanks to great word of mouth from the people who had seen it, it soon had a huge internet following and had people sign a petition to get it to come to their city.  If you check out the credits of the movie, everyone who signed the petition is listed.  It followed the pattern of the Blair Witch, claiming that it was a real story, and the footage was claimed to be found, but of course that was all part of the marketing ploy.

J.J. Abrams got into the found footage game when he produced the 2008 sci-fi/horror movie Cloverfield.  The movie may only run for 85 minutes, but it’s an action packed 85 minutes about a group of monsters that suddenly attack Manhattan.  You never, ever find out what exactly happened, but you see how one group of people handle the situation.  It’s been rumored that a sequel of sorts is in the works that takes the same invasion and shows it from another perspective, but as of yet nothing has been put into development.

Superheroes have been all the rage for a few years now, and Chronicle takes the genre and makes it its own.  It follows three teenagers who suddenly find themselves gifted with super human abilities after uncovering something underground.  It’s not based on a comic book, but it is better than some that have been.

Project X is the only comedy on the list, and it deals with 3 high school teenagers who decide to throw a party and tape the entire thing.   Of course the party goes way out of control, and the students find themselves having to deal with the consequences.

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