How did I compile this list? There’s no real method to my special brand of madness. I simply looked through films released between October 1st 2017 and September 30, 2018 and worked and reworked the list until I had 31. This countdown is not for the elitists or festival goers, so if the film hasn’t been released to the masses, it won’t be on the list. Also anything released in October will most likely be on next year’s list—so sorry, no films like HALLOWEEN or SUSPIRIA just yet. I hope you’ll join me daily and don’t forget to like and share my picks with your pals across the web. I’ll also provide a second film suggestion in a separate post that is worth noting this year or missed being on the list by a skosh for those who can’t get enough horror.
So let’s get to it! Chime in after the review and let me know what you think of the film, how on the nose or mind-numbingly wrong I am, and most importantly, come up with your own darn list…let’s go!
#11 FOUND FOOTAGE 3D
Why is FOUND FOOTAGE 3D #11? I have seen this one multiple times and every time I watch it, I laugh my ass off. Being a fan of the found footage genre, I long for well done films of this type, but most of the time, I’m disappointed. This film exudes love for the genre and is a must see for all horror fans. You can find FOUND FOOTAGE 3D on Shudder, on iTunes and Amazon!
FOUND FOOTAGE 3D (2016)
Directed by Steven DeGennaro
Written by Steven DeGennaro
Starring Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O’Brien, Tom Saporito, Scott Allen Perry, Jessica Perrin, Scott Weinberg, Doran Ingram, John Daws, Carlton Caudle
Find out more about this film here
I have a love/hate relationship with found footage films. If done well and made with the care to make things feel authentic, I can still be pulled right into the film. But ignore some key details or get sloppy and the film simply falls apart for me. FOUND FOOTAGE 3D seems to have gone the extra mile to make the viewer feel as if it is an actual documentary (which I’ll get into later) and also has a sense of humor to wink at the viewer who, like the filmmaker themselves, seem to have watched an unlimited amount of found footage films.
A group of filmmakers set out to make the ultimate found footage film and just to make sure it goes the extra mile, the producer has purchased a 3D camera to make the strange happenings all come at ya’ from three dimensions. But once they make their way to a supposedly haunted locale and begin to set up their props to make their film, they realize that the place may actually be haunted!
FOUND FOOTAGE 3D sets out to accomplish something a film like BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLEY VERNON tried to do and make a meta film centering on the tropes of the found footage genre. All of the “rules” of found footage are both addressed and then shattered or exemplified throughout the film as if the film is going by a rulebook and then following up on those tropes with their own winking spin on it. For example, the filmmakers muse about how audiences crave authenticity, so no additional music or multiple angled cuts are taken to suggest the film has been processed and produced by an outside party. Sure the footage is spliced together, but as far as making sure the film seems like untouched footage, it does feel accurate. Not only are tropes from found footage films addressed, but old tropes like the pariah warning the crew not to go to the locale to shoot offer up some of the biggest laughs in the film.
What amplifies this film’s potency for entertainment is the phenomenally talented cast. All around the film crew has fantastic comic timing, both in the way the story is written (and takes the genre seriously while at the same time lampooning it) and the comfortable and non-scripted way they interact with one another. The producer’s misguided interference with the director’s vision is something ripped straight from INCIDENT AT LOCH NESS where director Werner Herzog and producer Zak Penn battle it out over their distinctly different versions of what the film should be. Here, the director Andrew (Tom Saporito) is driven to the point of insanity by the vapid producer Derek (Carter Roy), with the rest of the cast picking sides along the way. This is a comedy of errors set in a world of horror and entrenched deeply into the genre it loves. It both pulls back the curtain to show the turbulent happenings with the makings of film and entertains as a film excellently.
FOUND FOOTAGE 3D is a film definitely made by horror fans for horror fans. The more you know about horror, the more you’re going to love it. As a found footage film, it works AND it offers up the same sort of statement SCREAM did for the slasher trend. That said, while SCREAM seemed to have an air of superiority towards those slasher films it mocked, FOUND FOOTAGE 3D applauds the genre and enthusiastically gives the subgenre a well-needed adrenaline shot in the arm. Yes, it takes the found footage technique into a ridiculous level by introducing 3D, but that’s what makes it so much fun. If there’s a complaint, I have to say skip the trailer below because I feel it reveals way too much of the best moments of the film. By far, this is the best found footage film of the year and one of the best ever.
THE COUNTDOWN SO FAR…
#31 – Sam Patton’s DESOLATION
#30 – CULT OF CHUCKY
#29 – 1922
#28 – PSYCHOPATHS
#27 – GHOST STORIES
#26 – PYEWACKET
#25 – DOWNRANGE
#24 – MAYHEM
#23 – COLD SKIN
#22 – THELMA
#21 – THE BABYSITTER
#20 – TONIGHT SHE COMES
#19 – THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD
#18 – THE RITUAL
#17 – FAKE BLOOD
#16 – BETTER WATCH OUT
#15 – MARROWBONE
#14 – MOM AND DAD
#13 – THE ENDLESS
#12 – BLACK HOLLOW CAGE
#11 – FOUND FOOTAGE 3D
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