Alto Giove, è tua grazia, è tuo vanto
il gran dono di vita immortale
che il tuo cenno sovrano mi fa.
Ma il rendermi poi quella già sospirata tanto
diva amorosa e bella
è un dono senza uguale, come la tua beltà.
– Polifemo: Alto Giove – Nicola Porpora
Dove sei, amato bene?
Vieni, l’alma a consolar.
Sono oppresso da’ tormenti
ed i crudeli miei lamenti
sol con te posso bear.
– Händel, Rodelinda, Acte 1: « Dove sei, amato bene? » (Bertarido)
Let me, let me,
Let me freeze again
Let me, let me
Freeze again to death.
– Shakespeare, King Arthur: Act III, Scene 2: Cold Song (Cold Genius) – Henry Purcell
I love these horror lists! This one is a reblog from The Lineup, at…
Found footage is the perfect way for filmmakers to terrorize audiences without terrorizing their own wallets. These films combine raw performances with tense, first-person filmmaking to deliver their chills, all shot on a shoestring budget. Many surprised viewers with their fear-factor despite the slim resources available.
Part of why these films are successful? Viewers already know the ending. Those in the found footage are either dead or missing. The real interest is in discovering just how that happened. The technique has spanned genres too, reaching into the realms of fantasy and science fiction.
So dim the lights, pop a Dramamine, and settle in for a night of bone-chilling terror. Here are 11 of the best found footage flicks that horror has to offer. (Click images to enlarge.)
1. The Blair Witch Project
Is there any other way to kick off this list? Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick delivered one of the scariest films of the 90s with TBWP and quickly became the flag-bearer for the found footage subgenre. It trails three film students as they venture into the woods hunting the legendary Blair Witch. The original script, completed in 1993, left actors the ability to improvise much of the film. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was an immediate hit. What’s more, the director’s $11,000 project terrorized enough people to churn out $248.6 million at the box office, making it one of the most successful independent films of the time. The mysterious and long-awaited Blair Witch reboot hit theaters in 2016.
2. Cannibal Holocaust
Even though the previous entry is credited with launching the found footage phenomenon, it’s Ruggero Deodato’s brutal Cannibal Holocaust that actually gave birth to the subgenre. Released in 1980, the film follows a professor as he searches for his film crew protégés who’ve gone missing. He doesn’t find them–alive–but what he does find is their footage, with scenes of human brutality you’ll wish had never been caught on tape. The film was inspired by Italian media reporting of Red Brigade terrorism and gained its fame thanks to its controversial use of incredibly graphic imagery and violence. In fact, after its premiere in Italy, the film was confiscated by a local magistrate, and Deodato was arrested for obscenity.
3. Lovely Molly
We bet you can’t make it through the night without shuddering after watching this chiller, which follows an unstable newlywed and her four-legged demon suitor.