The Found Footage Phenomenon review

The idea of the found-footage horror film is typically traced back to the phenomenal success of The Blair Witch Project in 1999.

This documentary from Sarah Appleton and Phillip Escott attempts to broaden the narrative and explore the true origins of voyeurism in cinema, dating back to films such as Peeping Tom (1960).

We get interviews with filmmakers such as Eduardo Sanchez, Oren Peli, Rob Savage and even Ruggero Deodato, giving their takes on the sub-genre as well as perspective on their own films.

The doc does explore films such as Cannibal Holocaust, REC plus more modern successes such as Troll Hunter and Host.

Appleton and Escott also give more time to lesser known found footage efforts such as The Last Broadcast and The McPherson Tape, which have remained on the periphery when the Blair Witch’s of the world have thrived.

Like all great documentaries, The Found Footage Phenomenon will just make you want to watch all of these great films all over again, plus discover new and old ones you may not have given the time of day previously.

The Found Footage Phenomenon will premiere on Shudder on 19 May 2022.

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