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Faux or False Reality Horror Films

This is a sub-genre of horror that has only a few films belonging to it so far, but has the potential for more. Pseudo documentary, video diary & fictional game shows are just a few examples of the types of films which fall into this category.

Faux or False Reality Films appear to be from the “real world”. Actual events captured on film.

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Faux Documentary: These movies appear to be actual documentaries.

The Legend of Boggy Creek: A classic from the early 70s about a Bigfoot type creature. It has some major problems, but remains an entertaining enough film.

Cover of The Legend of Boggy Creek

Diary of the Dead: Director George A. Romero’s film explores what happens when a group of film school students make a documentary during a zombie apocalypse.

The Last Broadcast: Ultra low budget film (filmmakers state it cost $900) attempting to discover what happened in New jersey’s Pine Barrens during a live broadcast of a public access TV show doing a special on the Jersey devil.

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Found Footage: The concept of these films is that the viewer is seeing footage shot by the people the occurrence is happening to.

The Blair Witch Project: This film has had a major influence upon modern cinema. It cost under $30,000 to make and has made well over $200,000,000. 3 student filmmakers disappear while doing a project on the Blair Witch. One year later their footage is found.

Cover of The Blair Witch Project

Cloverfield: A group of friends is having a going away party when a giant monster attacks New York City.

Cannibal Holocaust:The most effective of the Italian cannibal films’ from the 80s.

Cover via Amazon

Paranormal Activity: A young couple are terrorized by a demonic entity after moving into a new house. They set up a video camera to record what’s happening. Costing less then $20,000 to make this film did quite well at the box office.

Welcome To The Jungle: 2 couples wander into the jungles of New Guinea in search of John Rockefeller and encounter cannibals.

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Video Journal: The increase of people recording their thoughts and posting them on various online sites.

The Last Horror Movie: A serial killer has taped over the video you have rented. Creepy.

 The Zombie Diaries: A film crew records what happens during a zombie apocalypse in the UK.

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Pseudo Game Show: Nightmare games.

Series 7 The Contenders: People have their names drwn in a lottery and must hunt each other.

 Slashers: The most popular game show in Japan involves players being hunted by masked slasher killers.

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