It’s Found Footage Month here at Nightmare on Film Street and we know you kids love to binge watch. So, allow us to enable you by giving you the 8 best found footage flicks currently streaming on Netflix! Here are my personal favorites. I encourage you to check them out, but also to do some digging yourself. I always like new discoveries, but these ten are a fantastic place to start!
8. They’re Watching (2016)
Crew members (Kris Lemche, David Alpay) of a reality TV show become embroiled in a centuries-old web of revenge and horror when Eastern European villagers attack a woman suspected of witchcraft.
This one is a must, because it’s one of the more lighthearted entries in the subgenre. When bingeing, it’s always a good idea to sprinkle a little comedy into the mix. How can you go wrong with a horror-comedy with evil villagers? They’re Watching tells the story of a home improvement show shoot that goes horribly wrong. The crew shows up in the remote town and begins shooting b-roll. While doing so, they are caught filming a cemetery during a funeral and the locals are not too happy about it. The town follows the production like a hawk and it isn’t long before things go from bad to worse.
7. 13 Cameras (2015)
Newlyweds, Ryan (PJ McCabe) and Claire (Brianne Moncrief), move into a new house across the country, only to find out that their marital issues are the least of their problems. Unbeknownst to them, their grim and lascivious landlord (Neville Archambault) has been spying on them from day one.
Tons of changes are coming for Ryan and Claire. They just got married, are expecting their first child and just moved to a home out in the country thousands of miles from where they were living before. The peace and quiet seem perfect for two people taking the first steps of their life together. While it sounds perfect, they soon learn two things that turn this dream into a nightmare. First, they discover there are cameras throughout the house and that their landlord is at the other end of them. Second, they learn this landlord isn’t just a creep, he’s a goddamn murderer. This movie will make you feel very seen.
6. The Presence (2014)
When three friends who are hoping to get proof of paranormal activity break into an abandoned castle that is a rumoured hot spot, they find an evil presence of terror and madness.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s haunted castles. What’s not to love? Ghosts and castles just go together. So, why not make a haunted castle movie in Germany, whose beautiful castles served as Disney’s inspiration for Cinderella? The staff of and visitors to Hohnau Castle believe it is haunted. A film crew agrees to stay there while it’s empty to try and catch some footage of the paranormal. They get far more than they bargained for and soon learn just how deep this goes. This movie is tense, dark and twisted.
5. As Above, So Below (2014)
Archaeologist Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks) has devoted her whole life to finding one of history’s greatest treasures: Flamel’s Philosopher’s Stone. According to legend, the artifact can grant eternal life and turn any metal into gold. When she learns that the stone is hidden underground in the Catacombs of Paris, she assembles a crew to guide and document her historic mission. As they begin their descent, the team-members have no way of knowing that they are entering their own personal hell.
Archaeologist Scarlett Marlowe has dedicated her life to researching and finding Nicolas Flamel’s famous philosopher’s stone. Its magical powers would change the world and Scarlett is determined to find it. When she learns it may well be in the catacombs below Paris, she assembles a team and heads underground. Unfortunately for the team, they find a whole lot more than a stone. This movie combines so many things I love: Harry Potter, history, archaeology, mythology and, of course, catacomb exploration. It packs it all into one terrifying stew.
4. Apollo 18 (2011)
Apollo 17 was the last U.S.-sponsored lunar voyage — or was it? Hours of found footage, classified for decades, point to a subsequent moon mission — Apollo 18 — that ended very badly. Astronauts John Grey (Ryan Robbins), Nathan Walker (Lloyd Owen) and Benjamin Anderson (Warren Christie), on a mission to install radar scanners, discover a Soviet space capsule nearby. The men also discover a dead cosmonaut, and unfortunately for them, learn how he died.
In the early 1970’s, the US stopped sending astronauts to the moon. The explanation given was, basically, it isn’t worth the risk and money anymore. Just like that, the Apollo 17 mission was the last time a human stepped foot on the moon. Apollo 18, however, offers a different explanation. This 2011 wonder is the found footage left behind by the members of Apollo 18 team. The US government sent one more group to the moon. This time, however, things did not go as planned. Things start going missing, the crew sees movement among the rocks and then they find the body of a Russian cosmonaut. They just might not be alone out there. See the footage NASA doesn’t want you to see!
3. The Chernobyl Diaries (2012)
A group of young tourists (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley), hoping for an adventure off the beaten path, hires an extreme-tour guide. In spite of warnings, the tour guide takes the sightseers to the town of Pripyat, Ukraine, once home to workers at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant but abandoned after the 1986 nuclear disaster. After briefly exploring the ghost town, the tourists find themselves stranded — and worse, they are not alone.
A group of friends are taking a trip across Eastern Europe. They document the trip and decide they want to head down the road less traveled. So, they find a person willing to drive them to Pripyat, the site of the Chernobyl disaster. This is going to make for an epic trip and even more epic vid! That’s well and good, but when they discover their phones aren’t working and the driver isn’t coming back, things start to sour. Toss in some creepy mutated animals and some even creepier officials and the terror really sets in.
2. Creep 2 (2017)
A video artist who craves shocking stories realises she has made a mistake when she meets a serial killer in a cabin.
2017’s sequel to the fantastic Creep is one of those rare moments when the sequel is as good as original. Duplass found a way to address the fact that the audience is already in on the twist when they see part 2, which is no easy feat. In Creep 2, our weirdo, who now goes by Aaron, is upfront about being a serial killer. Aaron offers to allow documentarian Sara to follow and film him as he goes about his murderous business. Much like the fable of the fox and the scorpion, however, Sara soon learns this may not have been the best idea.
1. Creep (2014)
Aaron answers an online ad and drives to a stranger’s house to film him for the day. The man wants to make a movie for his unborn child, but his requests become more bizarre as the day goes along.
Aaron answers an ad, agreeing to film a man as he goes about his day. The man wants someone to do this because he has terminal cancer and wants to create this video so his unborn son can watch it someday. It’s heart-wrenching to watch, knowing he’ll never share it with his son. Aaron already feels odd being there, but little does he know things have only begun. 2014’s Creep is one of the most effective uses of found footage ever. It creates a real-time groundedness that is hard to beat. I felt totally sucked in and, thus, sucker-punched by the twist.
Those are our picks for some of the best Found Footage horror movies currently available to stream on Netflix! Share some of your Found Footage faves with the Nightmare on Film Street community over on Twitter, our Official Subreddit, and the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook.