1. Grave Encounters (2011)
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There have been numerous reports of paranormal activity at the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital for years, and now ghost hunter Lance Preston and his crew are filming an episode of their reality show “Grave Encounters,” which focuses on ghost hunting. They voluntarily lock themselves in the building for the night to conduct a paranormal investigation for television purposes, and they film everything that happens. In a flash, they understand that the building is more than just haunted; it’s actually alive, and it has no intention of ever letting them go.
Suddenly, they’re trapped in a maze of seemingly endless hallways and corridors, and the ghosts of the facility’s former patients are stalking them. After a while, they begin to doubt their own sanity, slipping deeper and deeper into madness until they discover the truth behind the hospital’s dark past…and tape what turns out to be their final episode.
2. Cloverfield (2008)
Cloverfield is a film about five New Yorkers seen through the lens of a small video camera held in the filmmaker’s hand. To make the movie fit on a single digital versatile disk (DVD), it uses footage from the tape that is being recorded over to establish a subplot. The film begins with the destruction of a building by an unknown monster. Parts of the building and the Statue of Liberty’s crown fall on them as they investigate. While on their quest to find a way out and save a friend (who also happens to be the main character’s love interest), the film follows them on their adventure.
3. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
Kristi, Daniel’s wife, Ali, their son Hunter, 2, and their dog all relocate to Carlsbad, California. Few days later, their house is broken into, but nothing is missing. Apparently. They install a number of security cameras and a DVR to catch any repeats of the incident. It turns out that their house is cursed, and when they hire a Spanish-speaking nanny to take care of Hunter, she says that something is wrong with it and starts praying for them. After a series of bizarre and puzzling occurrences, Ali comes to the conclusion that their home may be possessed by a demonic force.
4. The Conjuring (2013)
They move their family to a run-down farm house in rural Rhode Island in 1971 and soon strange things start happening around it, creating a terrifying nightmare for them and their children. To get some answers, Carolyn turns to renowned paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren. What the Warrens find is a whole area rife with a satanic specter that has turned on the Perron family and follows them wherever they go. It will take all of the Warrens’ skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral threat at its source before it can be stopped.
5. Blair Witch (2016)
The couple Lane and Talia find a DV tape in the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, on the root of a lightning-damaged tree. Although most of the found tape is static, there is a brief segment near the end where someone is scream and run in an abandoned house to escape something that is after him.
Following his accidental discovery of the uploaded footage, James gathers a group of friends in search of answers to the unsolved mystery of his sister Heather’s disappearance twenty years ago in the same woods. One of the team will get lost in a green maze filled with the chilling legend of the Blair Witch, Elly Kedward. The Blair Witch will torment the team, slowly eliminating them one by one. After a while, James will be thrust into the center of the evil, confined to the house where his sister vanished, with no idea that the witch will once again demand her blood.
6. Session 9 (2001)
The bid for a decrepit insane asylum is won by an asbestos removal crew. The personal histories of the crew complicate what should be an easy, if hurried, job. As an example, Hank is seeing Phil’s old flame and Gordon’s new baby is making him nervous. Trying to become a lawyer complicates things even further. While Mike is listening to the tapes of a former patient with multiple personalities, including the enigmatic Simon who doesn’t appear until Session 9, the mysterious Hank vanishes after discovering some old coins.
7. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
In 1979, a film crew consisting of four young Americans attempted to make a documentary about the never-before-seen indigenous cannibalistic tribes in the deep jungle of the Amazon rainforest near the border between Brazil and Peru. Due to the fact that it’s been over a month since the crew hasn’t been heard from, Professor Harold Monroe and his rescue team, which included veteran guide Chaco Losojos and his assistant, set out on a mission to find them in the Green Inferno. Following the Yakumos, a tribe that no white has ever seen before, soon enough, the Professor’s rescue party will encounter the elusive Yanomamos or Tree People and the fearsome Shamataris or the Swamp People.
After a while, as more information is discovered about the fate of the film crew, the Professor will attempt to recover the blood-stained raw footage and return it to New York to the executives of the Pan American Broadcasting System, who are eager for the riveting unedited footage. Is there any truth to the rumors about the overzealous documentarians, and what exactly happened in the film’s closing moments?
8. The Amityville Horror (1979)
In The Amityville Horror, a large house on Long Island’s coast is where newlyweds George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into the house that they hope will be their dream home and end up in terror based on a true story that was claimed by writer Jay Anson.
George and Kathy buy the house despite the agent’s full disclosure of the property’s past history. Their family priest Father Delaney believes the house is haunted and performs an exorcism on it despite George’s claim that “Houses don’t have memories.” However, the presence of an evil spirit in the home causes him to go blind and fall ill. George and Kathy enlist the help of a priest, Father Bolen, and a police detective to face their fears of the house, but they have no idea that the spirit is planning to take possession of George and then the children.
9. Quarantine (2008)
A night shift at a Los Angeles Fire Station is assigned to a television reporter and her cameraman. Due to blood curdling screams coming from an apartment unit in a small apartment building, police officers are already on the scene after responding to an ordinary 911 call. Within a short time, they discover that the woman who lives in the building has been infected with an unknown pathogen.
After a vicious attack on a few of the residents, the news crew tries to flee with them, but they soon discover that the CDC has quarantined the building. Officials have cut off access to phones, internet, televisions, and cell phones, and those trapped inside have no way of getting information from outside. As soon as the quarantine is lifted, all that is left is the videotape from the news crew, which shows what happened.
10. The Bay (2012)
This “found-footage” film is set in 2009 in the town of Claridge, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. The town’s annual 4th of July Crab Festival is marred by illness, with residents displaying a wide range of symptoms, leading local news reporters to speculate that the water has been contaminated. While no one knows what it is or how it is spread, fear grows into panic as people start behaving strangely and others die as a result of it. Attempts are being made by government authorities to conceal the incident by seizing video footage from every media outlet and individual source they can find. This film was made and hidden by a local reporter who saw and reported on the outbreak in the hopes that the horrifying truth would be revealed one day.
11. The Fog (1980)
At midnight on the eve of Antonio Bay’s 100th anniversary, strange things start to happen. Before that, wealthy leper Blake bought the Elizabeth Dane, a clipper ship, and sailed across the ocean with his people to establish a leper colony. However, as they sailed through dense fog, a campfire adrift misled them, causing the ship to veer toward the light and collide with the rocks. Meanwhile, as the town prepares for a celebration, the victims of this heinous crime are rising from the sea to exact revenge on the town’s founders. They carry out their vicious attacks, searching for what is rightfully theirs, under cover of the ominous glowing fog.
12. Mirrors (2008)
When the Mayflower Department Store in New York was partially destroyed by fire many years ago, a former NYPD detective named Ben Carson was hired to serve as night watchman. After he shot and killed a man, Ben developed a drinking problem and was eventually forced to resign from the police department. His marriage was also ended in divorce, and he now lives with his younger sister Angie in her apartment.
He hasn’t drank in three months, and he sees this job as a chance to start over. On his first night, he discovers that the mirrors are immaculately clean, which his colleague explains was due to the previous night watch’s obsession with the reflective surfaces. After a couple of nights, Ben sees weird images in the mirrors, but due to the lack of credibility of his past, his ex-wife Amy believes he has hallucinations as a side effect of his medication. As a result of the brutal murder of Angie in her bathtub, Ben comes to believe that he is being pursued by a malevolent force residing in the mirror.