Paranormal Activity 4 has been out for a week now, and is all set to be the film of the Halloween season yet again, as fans search for a horror film to watch to ring in yet another Hallows Eve. Ariel Schulman’s film-cum-franchise has relaunched the “Found Footage” genre of horror that was first made popular by the 1999 film “The Blair Witch Project” into the public’s consciousness. So much so, it has replaced the Saw Franchise as the staple Halloween Horror release of the year, with a fifth film in the series having been confirmed for next October, too.
However, if “Found Footage” is your game, and you’re looking for an alternative to the Paranormal Activity franchise for this Halloween, here are ten more awesome found footage horrors that we personally think outdo it. Below, you will find number 10 on our list, counting backwards to our number one choice.
10. The Last Broadcast
Released in 1998 and directed by Stefen Avalos, The Last Broadcast focuses on a group of four documentary film makers. After a pair of TV journalists are murdered in suspicious circumstances, David Leigh, the central character, sets out to get to the bottom of the murders whilst making his documentary about it. He learns of “The Jersey Devil” myth, and recruits four colleagues to enter Pine Barrens and broadcast a live TV show of their exploits for TV and Radio. All but one of the groups members are also killed in mysterious circumstances, and the only survivor, Suerd, is sentences for their murders, but when a damaged videotape reel is sent to Leigh and the real, horrific truth comes to light through the contained footage, we learn that all is not as it seems.
A fairly predictable twist, but it is gruesome and gory, and the ending is well played out.
This article was first posted on October 27, 2012