In honour of The Last Exorcism, which is released this weekend let us take a quick look at the noble art of keeping your costs down by shaking the camera around a bit.
I’ll be honest though, I’m a sucker for a found footage film. It is a great way to make a film more frightening or suck the audience in.
First off is an obscure Japanese movie Noroi: The Curse (2005).
A film that features some random acting, including one of the worst examples of somebody playing a person with special needs I have ever seen. However there are some great weird imagery here too, including a bizarre final 20 minutes which goes way beyond the usual creepy kid theme that typified J horror at the time.
It’s the usual cursed child with ESP story line, which you would expect, which is probably why nobody has picked the film up in this country. But it’s a great deal of fun too.
On to the trailers and let us go for one of the most notable video nasties ever made and certainly not a film I would get you to invite your friends around to see so let us keep it to just the teaser, it’s Cannibal Holocaust (1980). (NSFW)
Not a very nice film so let us move on to something a little different before everybody walks out. A comedy to lighten the mood before we jump back in to horror. It’s the greatest mockumentary about music ever (and a reminder that this genre isn’t just about scaring you) It’s Spinal Tap (1984)
On to our final film and it’s another obscure movie, a British film called Resurrecting the Street Walker (2009)
It tells the story of a filmmaker called James who finds the remnants of lost video nasty and decides to try and finish the film. But, as things start to go wrong and there realisation that the effects in the movie might be too real.
It’s very low budget, but it does play to the strengths of the genre and there is a great ominous tone, perfect for people who want something a little different to the Blair Witch Project.