With The Devil Inside and Chronicle at the forefront of our attention, lets look at some of the past camhorror movies that have made the craze what it is today.
10. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Where it all began. Sure this movie didn’t cause the obsession that surrounds these movies today, but it is what Twitch Of The Death Nerve is to slashers. Besides being the first of its kind it will always be remembered for being incredibly brutal and a little too realistic for its own good.
9. The Last Exorcism (2010)
I know this movie isn’t the greatest out there, but seeing possession on handheld camera is a disturbing feeling that really lets you believe that it could almost be true. At times it’s genuinely chilling and hey, what film couldn’t do with a little fine tuning?
8. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
The latest offering from the massive Paranormal Activity series. Part 2, whilst entertaining, lost its way a little, but this one brought the series back to what we love and terrified audiences once again. A rare achievement for a sequel.
7. [●REC]² (2009)
Another sequel. Such a wonderful premise just had to be explored further and it was done just as masterfully as the first, almost making it feel like one long movie. It has you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next ghoul to lunge from the shadows, ready to kill.
6. Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon
Aspiring slasher Leslie Vernon allows a film crew to follow his every move. This could so easily have bombed, thankfully it didn’t and gave us a wonderful, ironic glimpse into the life of a killer. The insight and “insider tricks” we are privy to in this movie are priceless and very entertaining.
5. Cloverfield (2008)
Monster movie and camhorror all rolled into one, this movie is one fast paced rollercoaster ride. The destruction of the New York City skyline will blow you away and are worth seeing this for alone. A masterclass in viral filmmaking that really payed off.
4. Paranormal Activity (2007)
Really the start of the second coming of these kind of films. A small budget and a big vision culminated in a movie that truly terrified its audience. The magic here is in the subtlety, it keeps you on your toes right up until the chilling climax.
3. [●REC] (2007)
This showed us that the Spanish are the new players in Horror town. The zombiesque nightmare bombards us with relentless scares and a feeling of claustrophobia that stays with you even onces the films stopped rolling. Here’s hoping [•REC]3: Genesis will carry on the wonderful legacy that this film started.
2. Trollhunter (2010)
The Norwegians really showed themselves the dark horses of horror with this truly original film. The scenery, effects and characters are all stunning and it leaves you with a racing heart as well as a little food for thought. Truly the jack-of-all-trades of horror.
1. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
What else could it be? Nowadays people seem divided about how scary this movie is, at the time of its release it was a phenomenon that fuelled hearty debates of whether it was genuine of not. It kickstarted the camhorror genre and in my opinion is not only the best “found footage” movie, but also one of the best horror movies of all time.