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Fan-Made Doc Explores How the Found-Footage Genre Poisons Cinema

We came across a horror fan filled with rage, who spends quite a bit of his time complaining about the death of horror (when there are literally hundreds of incredible indies floating around). Even though we don’t like to spend our energy on negativity, I found his “How New Line Cinema Destroyed the Friday the 13th Franchise” to be loaded with gems that offered a lot of food for thought. There was enough effort behind it to share with you guys, even if I don’t agree with everything he says.

One of his other fan-made docs focuses on the found-footage subgenere, and how it’s poisoning cinema.

The 37-minute long doc goes through the history of found-footage (Cannibal Holocaust, Faces of Death, Blair Witch), how it’s a talentless pool of filmmakers, and also explores why it’s popular and how marketing plays a huge role in its success.

To show you how much I love this guy’s work, he references V/H/S various times…and I’m totally cool with it. I too agree that found-footage films can be poison, but it’s no different than when everyone was trying to ripoff Saw; Hollywood emulates what’s popular and will never be behind what’s fresh and cool. The biggest difference is that found-footage is a form of filmmaking that anyone can do, so there are way more indie films available for distributors to pick up and dump onto VOD. It feels like too much. It is too much.

What do you guys think?



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