Found Footage Horror Films: Fear and the Appearance of Reality

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McFarland, Apr 24, 2014 - Performing Arts - 244 pages
As the horror subgenre du jour, found footage horror's amateur filmmaking look has made it available to a range of budgets. 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.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
Expanding the Prehistory 19381998
29
One Safety Films
42
Two SnuffFictions
58
Three Television
72
A Critical Chronology 19982009
87
Four Revisiting The Blair Witch Project
93
Further Discoveries 20072013
149
Seven Exorcism Films
151
Eight The Family
165
Nine Nation History and Identity
178
The Specter of Commercialism
192
Notes
203
Bibliography
217
Index
227

Five The Vanishing of the Real
112
Six Approaching Paranormal Activity
129

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Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is a film critic, academic and author of eight books on cult, exploitation and horror film.

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