Horror is undoubtedly the genre that owes the most to its constant visual language. One of the most adaptable and accepting subgenres is found footage. Expect to see a lot of obscure treasures, neglected series entries, and movies that will make you doubt the veracity of what you just witnessed.
Movies Like The Invitation
1. Don’t Breathe
Film Plot: of the movie: Rocky, a young woman who wants to make things better for herself and her sister, decides to join her boyfriend, Money, and their friend Alex in robbing the home of a wealthy blind man. The group must figure out a way out of the blind man’s house before they become his newest victims, though, as he proves to be a more cunning foe than he first appears to be.
2. It Follows (2014)
Film Plot: Autumn should be about school, boys, and weekends spent at the lake for Jay, a 19-year-old. She is, however, left with odd visions and the overpowering feeling that someone, something, is following her after an apparently innocent se*ual encounter. With this responsibility, Jay and her pals need to figure out how to get away from the horrors that seem to be right around the corner.
3.The Babadook (2014)
After losing her spouse in a vehicle accident, Amelia experiences difficulty adjusting to her new situation as a single mother. She can’t make her pals leave because of Samuel’s fear of monsters and violent reaction to them. They read a bizarre novel about the “Babadook” monster that lurks in their home when things seem to be at their worst. Even Amelia, who tries in vain to burn the book, seems to be affected by The Babadook.
4. The Gift (2015)
After more than 20 years, a horrifying secret from the past is made public. How well do we know those who are closest to us, Robyn wonders. Robyn and Gordo are terrified by the horrifying reality of what happened between Simon and Gordo.
5. Green Room (2015)
Film Plot: A group of people who strayed into a remote area in the Pacific Northwest discover a terrible act of brutality. They are singled out for attack because they are the only witnesses, and they want to ensure that all traces of the evidence are destroyed.
6. Hush (2016)
Film Plot: When a masked killer knocks on the window of a deaf and mute writer who had withdrawn into the woods to live alone, she must fight for her life in silence.
7. The Autopsy Of Jane Doe (2016)
Plot: While looking into a family murder, Sheriff Sheldon and his squad are perplexed to find a stranger’s body buried in the basement that does not match the scene of the crime. He delivers the dead body of the stunning Jane Doe late at night to coroner Tommy Tilden and asks that the cause of death be withheld until the following morning so that he can address the media. Austin Tilden, Tommy’s son, and assistant are prepared to leave for the movie theatre with his fiancée Emma, but he stays behind to assist his father with the autopsy. Along the turbulent and sad night, they reveal strange and unsettling information about Jane Doe.
8. Gerald’s Game (2017)
Plot: The story follows a married couple who are on a rural retreat when a game turns unexpectedly into a terrifying battle for survival. Jessie, the wife, is forced to face long-buried demons in her own psyche, as well as those who may be lurking in the shadows of her seemingly vacant home.
9. The Rituals (2017)
Plot: A group of pals gets together to plan a trip after a lengthy absence. Finally, they choose to travel to Sweden to go hiking. They are forced to cut through the forest when one of them is hurt in order to reach the lodge a couple of hours sooner. They stayed in an eerie, deserted mansion during a torrential downpour. They are in for surprises they didn’t anticipate from this alleged bonding experience.
10. Apostle (2018)
Plot: The year is 1905. After his sister is abducted by an enigmatic religious sect and a payment is demanded for her release, Thomas Richardson sets out for a desolate island to rescue her. As he delves more and deeper into the secrets and lies upon which the commune is based, it soon becomes apparent that the cult will rue the day it baited this guy.
11. Creep (2014)
Plot: A cameraman responds to a Craigslist advertisement for a one-day assignment in a remote mountain village to record the last words of a dy**g guy. The last messages become darker and darker, and the task takes an odd turn. The videographer persists in finishing the work, but when it comes time to leave, he can’t find his keys, and when he gets a strange phone call, he realizes that his customer is not who he first appeared to be.
12. Creep 2 (2017)
Plot: Sara is a video artist who focuses on the closeness of lone males in her work. She responds, thinking she might have found the topic for her upcoming project because one web advertisement excites her so much. She travels to a remote home in the forest, where a man who claims to be the poster of the advertisement welcomes her and identifies himself as a serial murderer, just as he did in the posting (Mark Duplass). She agrees to spend the day with him since she can’t pass up the opportunity to make something that is genuinely shocking. But as the day goes on, she becomes aware that she might have put herself in a situation from which she is unable to recover.
13. Calibre (2018)
Plot: Director Matt Palmer employs techniques similar to those in “Invitation” to arouse discomfort and fear. Two young men are traveling to the Scottish Highlands for a hunting trip when a disaster threatens to disrupt their plans. As they try to hide their crimes in an unfamiliar village, the out-of-towners feel uneasy.
14. The Visit (2015)
Plot: The Visit, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is his best horror movie from 2015. It shares some similarities with The Invitation in terms of the suspense it creates and the central idea. When two kids are brought to visit their grandparents, just like in Kusama’s thriller, nothing is as it seems.
15. The Wicker Man (1973)
Plot: Instead of having the protagonist live in a frightening house in Los Angeles, the thriller has them on a distant island, which heightens the tension and makes them feel more vulnerable. A malevolent organization plays a major role in the storyline and shocks of the movie, adding to the suspense and fear.
16. The Platform (2019)
Plot: Early in 2020, The Platform made its Netflix debut. This immediately had an effect on Netflix subscribers. This futuristic horror movie stands out because of its unique plot and its avant-garde, abstract style. The movie’s definite melancholy concept also adds to its unnerving, thought-provoking quality.
17. Hereditary (2018)
Plot: Hereditary would undoubtedly arise from cult-like concepts from The Invitation combined with demon imagery from The Exorcist and a ’90s slasher level of gore. Director Ari Aster uses bloody violence, a dark atmosphere, and spooky mythology to finish this heart-pounding thriller.
18. Goodnight Mommy (2014)
he Invitation partially succeeds in creating doubt in the viewer’s minds about whom they may trust by giving them frequent indications that something isn’t quite right. Similarly to that, this Austrian psychological thriller conjures up this unnerving ambiguity. The narrative revolves around two boys and their mother, who has an unnerving bandaged appearance that makes the boys uneasy and causes them to question her intentions.
Although the atmosphere and suspenseful buildup are memorable, this average thriller is really elevated by the stunning revelation at the end.
19. Get Out
Director Jordan Peele explores the breakdown of character trust in his horror film Get Out. The film cleverly plays with ideas like conspiracy and control while taking viewers on a spooky, Twilight Zone-style mental journey. The socioeconomic roots of race and class are also incorporated by Peele to round out this riveting, heart-pounding film.
20. Lake Mungo (2008)
It’s an engrossing family drama with superb performances and delicate camerawork that explores the diminishing edges of their sanity while also showing hints of the supernatural. If there is such a thing as “horror drama,” then this documentary-style film is deserving of the label.
21. Paranormal Activity (2007)
This American supernatural horror movie Paranormal Activity was released in 2007. The young couple, at its core, is plagued by a paranormal presence in their house. The movie makes use of found-footage conventions that were repeated in the series’ succeeding movies. A total of $193 million was made globally, with about $108 million coming from the U.S. box office and another $85 million from other countries.
22. Hell House LLC (2015)
Stephen Cognetti wrote and directed the found-footage horror movie Hell House LLC, which was released in 2015 and was made by FBI Films. The movie follows a group of Halloween haunted house designers as they get ready to launch their well-liked scary attraction, Hell House, in 2009. On the first night of the trip, tragedy strikes as an unidentified “malfunction” result in the deaths of 15 visitors and employees.
23. REC (2007)
Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza collaborated on the writing and directing of the 2007 Spanish found footage horror film Rec. It is regarded as one of the best movies in the found footage and horror genres and was released on November 23, 2007, to both critical and commercial success. On-Time Out’s list of the Top 100 Best Horror Films, Rec came in at number 60. In 2008, a new version of the movie called Quarantine was released in the US.
24. One Cut Of The Dead (2017)
Shin’ichiro Ueda is the author and director of the zombie comedy Horror movie One Cut of the Dead (Japanese: Kamera o Tomeru, roughly translated as “Don’t Stop the Camera!”). It centers on a group of actors and filmmakers who are charged with making a live television zombie movie. The movie broke box office records by generating more than a thousand times its budget, earning US $27,935,711 (or 3.12 billion) in Japan and $30.5 million globally.
25. Host (2020)
Rob Savage is the director of the 2020 British supernatural horror movie Host. During the COVID-19 epidemic, it was shot over the course of 12 weeks directly on the Zoom program. The film stars Radina Drandova, Caroline Ward, Haley Bishop, Emma Louise Webb, Jemma Moore, and Jemma Moore as a group of friends who try to flee a terrible magical force that was unintentionally unleashed during a seance.
26. Noroi: The Curse (2005)
Koji Shiraishi co-wrote and directed the 2005 Japanese horror movie Noroi: The Curse. Masafumi Kobayashi, played by Jin Muraki, is a paranormal investigator looking into a string of puzzling events for a documentary. The movie uses discovered footage traditions with a pseudo-documentary approach. It is streaming on Shudder and has generally gotten favorable reviews.
27. The Taking Of Deborah Logan (2014)
Adam Robitel makes his feature film directorial debut with the 2014 American found footage supernatural horror movie The Taking of Deborah Logan. It tells the tale of a documentary crew in Virginia who are creating a movie about Alzheimer’s patients when they discover something horrible while filming an Alzheimer’s patient. The movie was released on October 21, 2014, and it was produced by Jeff Rice and Bryan Singer.
28. Trollhunter (2010)
The 2010 Norwegian “found footage” mockumentary Trollhunter is a dark fantasy movie. Trollhunter, written and directed by André Ovredal, earned favorable reviews from Norwegian reviewers. On June 10, 2011, it made its US debut to largely favorable reviews.
29. Unfriended (2015)
The first motion picture totally filmed on a computer screen is Unfriended. The actors portray high school students having a Skype discussion, including Shelley Hennig, Will Peltz, Moses Storm, Jacob Wysocki, Renee Olstead, and Courtney Halverson. The character portrayed by Heather Sossaman committed suicide after being bullied. The movie had its world premiere on July 20, 2014, at the Fantasia Festival, and it hit theatres on April 17, 2015.
30. Deadstream (2022)
The story of the movie centers on a discredited internet celebrity who makes an effort to win back his followers by live-streaming one eerie night in a haunted house. On March 11, 2022, Dead stream made its global debut at South by Southwest, and on October 6, 2022, it was made available for purchase in the US. Melanie Stone and Joseph Winter both appear in the movie.
31. Cloverfield (2008)
American found footage monster movie Cloverfield was released in 2008 and was directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams, and written by Drew Goddard. Starring in it are T.J. Miller, Jessica Lucas, Mike Vogel, Lizzy Caplan, Odette Yustman, and Michael Stahl-David. During a farewell party, a huge monster and several other lesser beasts assault New York City, sending six young citizens running for their lives.
32. Grave Encounters (2011)
At the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, 2011, Grave Encounters had its world premiere. Ashleigh Gryzko, Sean Rogerson, Mackenzie Gray, Merwin Mondesir, and Juan Riedinger are the actors who appear in it. Before being made available on video-on-demand, the movie only had a brief theatrical run in a few U.S. cinemas. The movie had its Italian premiere two months earlier through distributor Eagle Pictures with the working title ESP Fenomeni Paranormali.
33. As Above, So Below (2014)
The movie, starring Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Marion Lambert, Edwin Hodge, Francois Civil, and Ali Marhyar, came out on August 29, 2014. It is shown as the recovered film from a documentary crew’s exploration of the Paris Catacombs. Critics gave the movie mainly unfavorable reviews, although it nonetheless made $41 million more than its $5 million budget.
34. Frankenstein’s Army (2013)
Richard Raaphorst’s found footage horror film Frankenstein’s Army was released in 2013. From a Red Army team’s perspective, the movie is set on the Eastern Front of World War II. In the movie, Soviet troops advancing into Germany come upon mechanical zombie soldiers built by a Victor Frankenstein-related mad scientist.
35. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
2011’s Paranormal Activity 3 is a supernatural horror film made in America using recovered footage. It is a prequel and the third (‘albeit chronologically the first) film in the Paranormal Activity series. When it was released, the movie broke box office records and set a new mark for a horror movie’s midnight opening ($8 million).
36. Be My Cat: A Film For Anne (2015)
The movie was shown on January 21, 1934, in Switzerland, at the Suriname Filmex Awards. It tells the tale of a comical chicken that set out on an amazing journey to build Albania’s abandoned capital city. It is the fourteenth film produced by the IL iMEN Studios and a continuation of Be My Cat: A Film for Anne from 1959.
37. The Den (2013)
Zachary Donohue made his feature film directorial debut with the 2013 American horror film The Den, which was also released overseas as Hacked. The movie examines topics like kidnapping, voyeurism, computer hacking, social media, and videotaped deaths in the vein of snuff movies. Melanie Papalia plays a young woman who witnesses a murder on a webcam in the film.
38. The Last Exorcism (2010)
A dejected evangelical priest makes the decision to take part in a documentary that documents his final exorcism and exposes the sham of his ministry. He sees the affected daughter after getting a letter from a farmer requesting assistance in exorcising the devil. The movie was a box office hit, earning more than $67 million on a $1.8 million budget, and it earned favorable reviews from reviewers.
39. Smile (2022)
Smile is a 2022 American supernatural horror movie that Parker Finn both wrote and directed. It features Sosie Bacon as a therapist who sees a patient commit suicide, prompting her to think she is seeing paranormal forces. On September 22, 2022, the movie had its global premiere at Fantastic Fest, and on September 30, 2022, it was made available in North America. With almost $187 million in box office receipts on a $17 million budget, it was a box office hit.
40. Piggy (2022)
Carlota Pereda is the director and writer of the 2022 Spanish French rural horror thriller film Piggy. It is based on the like-named short films. Richard Holmes, Carmen Machi, Claudia Salas, Camille Aguilar, Irene Ferreiro, and Pilar Castro are also members of the cast, which is led by Laura Galan.
According to what we learned from our research, the majority of individuals enjoy horror films because they give them an adrenaline rush, even if the genre is meant to elicit the “negative emotions” that were previously discussed.