Saturday, 5 March 2011

Found footage films and the diegetic camera

Why are there so many of these films?

Cannibal Holocaust (Deodato, 1980), Man Bites Dog (Belvaux, Bonzel and Poelvoorde, 1992), The Last Broadcast (Avalos and Weiler, 1998), The Blair Witch Project (Myrick and Sanchez, 1999), August Underground (Vogel, 2001), My Little Eye (Evans, 2002), The Last Horror Movie (Richards, 2003), Zero Day (Coccio, 2003), Incident at Loch Ness (Penn, UK, 2004), The Magician (Ryan, 2005), Alone with Her (Nicholas, 2006), The Zombie Diaries (Bartlett and Gates, 2006), Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (Glosserman, 2006), Rec (Balaguero and Plaza, 2007), Diary of the Dead (Romero, 2007), Paranormal Activity (Peli, 2007), The Poughkeepsie Tapes (Dowdle, 2007), Welcome to the Jungle (Hensleigh, 2007), Quarantine (Dowdle, 2008), Cloverfield (Reeves, 2008), Rec 2 (Balaguero and Plaza, 2009), The Last Exorcism (Stamm, 2010), Paranormal Activity 2 (Williams, 2010) 

What's the appeal? Don't get me wrong, I love many of these films but why this trend now?