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As the horror subgenre du jour, found footage horror's amateur filmmaking look has made it available to a range of budgets. Surviving by adapting to technological and cultural shifts and popular trends, found footage horror is a successful and surprisingly complex experiment in blurring the lines between quotidian reality and horror's dark and tantalizing fantasies. Found As the horror subgenre du jour, found footage horror's amateur filmmaking look has made it available to a range of budgets. Surviving by adapting to technological and cultural shifts and popular trends, found footage horror is a successful and surprisingly complex experiment in blurring the lines between quotidian reality and horror's dark and tantalizing fantasies. Found Footage Horror Films explores the subgenre's stylistic, historical and thematic development. It examines the diverse prehistory beyond Man Bites Dog (1992) and Cannibal Holocaust (1980), paying attention to the safety films of the 1960s, the snuff-fictions of the 1970s, and to television reality horror hoaxes and mockumentaries during the 1980s and 1990s in particular. It underscores the importance of The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Paranormal Activity (2007), and considers YouTube's popular rise in sparking the subgenre's recent renaissance.


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As the horror subgenre du jour, found footage horror's amateur filmmaking look has made it available to a range of budgets. Surviving by adapting to technological and cultural shifts and popular trends, found footage horror is a successful and surprisingly complex experiment in blurring the lines between quotidian reality and horror's dark and tantalizing fantasies. Found As the horror subgenre du jour, found footage horror's amateur filmmaking look has made it available to a range of budgets. Surviving by adapting to technological and cultural shifts and popular trends, found footage horror is a successful and surprisingly complex experiment in blurring the lines between quotidian reality and horror's dark and tantalizing fantasies. Found Footage Horror Films explores the subgenre's stylistic, historical and thematic development. It examines the diverse prehistory beyond Man Bites Dog (1992) and Cannibal Holocaust (1980), paying attention to the safety films of the 1960s, the snuff-fictions of the 1970s, and to television reality horror hoaxes and mockumentaries during the 1980s and 1990s in particular. It underscores the importance of The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Paranormal Activity (2007), and considers YouTube's popular rise in sparking the subgenre's recent renaissance.

30 review for Found Footage Horror Films: Fear and the Appearance of Reality

  1. 5 out of 5

    Thursday Simpson

    There is a lot of good scholarship here. Super well researched and written, I just don't read the Blair Witch Project the way it seems a lot of scholars do. I don't see any hubris at all, and that alone just kind of turned me off to this book, as with the other scholarship I've read on the Blair Witch Project. But this is definitely a good and worthwhile text. There is a lot of good scholarship here. Super well researched and written, I just don't read the Blair Witch Project the way it seems a lot of scholars do. I don't see any hubris at all, and that alone just kind of turned me off to this book, as with the other scholarship I've read on the Blair Witch Project. But this is definitely a good and worthwhile text.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Cebulski

    A great in depth overview in general, but the analyses of the gender politics in Blair Witch and the Paranormal Activity series are the real highlights. Heller-Nicholas is easily one of if not my favorite film studies writer.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Nicely done, with sharp readings of many of your favorite found footage horror films, especially The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, and the Paranormal Activities.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    Almost perfect. Very insightful!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Spot on - a great concise introduction to the sub-genre. I particularly liked the discussion on gender politics with regards to the first Paranormal Activity, and the 'McMansions' aspect of the notion of the new fear found in the Home. No mention of The Borderlands though, the British found footage film, though that may be because it hadn't been released at the time of writing. Spot on - a great concise introduction to the sub-genre. I particularly liked the discussion on gender politics with regards to the first Paranormal Activity, and the 'McMansions' aspect of the notion of the new fear found in the Home. No mention of The Borderlands though, the British found footage film, though that may be because it hadn't been released at the time of writing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mark Barber

    A thorough and thoughtful examination of the sub-genre's historical roots and underlying gender politics. Wisely leaves room for more debate. A thorough and thoughtful examination of the sub-genre's historical roots and underlying gender politics. Wisely leaves room for more debate.

  7. 5 out of 5

    GracieKat

    A very good coverage of the found footage genre. It covers all of the genre. The primary focus is on horror because it's a genre that seems to fit the found footage style well. They also have a great index of all of the movies that are mentioned. Some are good, others are great. I particularly recommend BBC's GhostWatch. Their chapter on the show also brings up some very good points on the media and it's responsibility to it's consumers. They also make a very valid point on commenting that found f A very good coverage of the found footage genre. It covers all of the genre. The primary focus is on horror because it's a genre that seems to fit the found footage style well. They also have a great index of all of the movies that are mentioned. Some are good, others are great. I particularly recommend BBC's GhostWatch. Their chapter on the show also brings up some very good points on the media and it's responsibility to it's consumers. They also make a very valid point on commenting that found footage is like 'safe snuff'. You get the illusion of watching death without the reality of it. All in all, if you're interested in the found footage sub-genre or even just horror in general, it's a very good read.

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