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Found Footage Horror Films

Fear and the Appearance of Reality

Found Footage Horror Films by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
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As the horror subgenre du jour, found footage horror's amateur filmmaking look has made it available to a range of budgets, allowing both major studios and independent productions to participate in the popular phenomenon. Surviving by adapting to technological and cultural shifts and popular trends, found footage horror is a successful and surprisingly complex experiment in blurring the lines between quotidian reality and horror's dark and tantalizing fantasies. Found Footage Horror Films explores the subgenre's stylistic, historical and thematic development. It examines the diverse prehistory beyond Man Bites Dog (1992) and Cannibal Holocaust (1980), paying attention to the safety films of the 1960s, the snuff-fictions of the 1970s, and to television reality horror hoaxes and mockumentaries during the 1980s and 1990s in particular. It underscores the importance of The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Paranormal Activity (2007), and considers YouTube's popular rise in sparking the subgenre's recent renaissance. This book also explores a number of other movies including Rec (2007), Home Movie (2007), Exhibit A (2007), Cloverfield (2008), The Tunnel (2010), The Last Exorcism (2010), The Devil Inside (2012), V/H/S (2012) and the popular web series Marble Hornets.
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers; June 2014
245 pages; ISBN 9781476613215
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Title: Found Footage Horror Films
Author: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas