Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin (2021, dir. William Eubank)

An adopted documentarian traces her birth family to an Amish community: she makes a film. Otherwise-unrelated reboot of the long-running found-footage horror series. Takes its time, but there’s some okay supernatural stuff among the usual jumpscares and format contrivances (a Christopher Landon script helps). An unfamiliar cast helps.

Here’s the trailer.

The Deep House (2021, dir. Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo)

A vlogging couple explores a submerged supposedly-haunted house. Technically proficient but dumb-as-wet-rocks underwater jumpscare horror flick (with found footage and real-time elements), that’s wholly uncertain what to do with its premise. Mercifully brief and good-looking, though.

Here’s the trailer.

Harland Manor (2021, Dir. Steven R. Monroe)

A team of tech savvy Youtubing paranormal investigators experience strange events in an abandoned house/hospital/asylum/insert building here. By the numbers jump scares and derivative. Seen this all before and done better. Yawn.

Harland Manor (2021, Dir. Steven R. Monroe)

Welcome to the Jungle (2007, dir. Jonathan Hensleigh)

Four US backpackers searching for a long-lost heir in Southwest New Guinea disregard rumours of cannibal tribes. Straightforward but effective found-footage horror with interesting credits, clearly in dept to both Cannibal Holocaust and The Blair Witch Project, with a glimmer of Heart of Darkness in the background.

Here’s the trailer.

Feed The Gods [AKA Braden Croft’s Feed The Gods] (2014, dir. Braden Croft)

Mismatched siblings travel to a remote town searching for traces of their long-disappeared mother. Contrived little horror piece with found footage and cryptid elements which starts intriguingly but falls apart once a plot needs to replace set-up. A shame in some ways, as there’s potential in the premise.

Here’s the trailer.

As Above, So Below (2014, dir. John Erick Dowdle)

A driven archaeologist and crew investigate the Paris catacombs for a sacred alchemical relic. Decent location work, a photogenic cast, and a couple of unsettling early moments make promises that the movie can’t quite sustain, setting for straightforward face-your-demons stuff but no real story answers.

Here’s the trailer.

Followed (2020, Dir. Antoine Le)

A YouTuber spends Halloween in a haunted hotel to boost his subscriber numbers. A good found footage premise that gradually falls into predictable handheld horror territory. The actors struggle with the dialogue and film logic, leaving it to meander into nonsense. Waste of an idea.

Host (2020, Dir. Rob Savage)

Six friends hold a seance via an online Zoom meeting during Covid lockdown and things go badly wrong. Hints of ‘Unfriended’ here, but a very well executed and jumpy film. Lots of great ideas and some familiar genre tropes, but also much to recommend. Well worth your time.

The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014, Dir. Adam Robitel)

A film crew attempting to document an elderly Alzheimers patient encounter something far more sinister. Borrows from other genre films of this type, but has some effective moments and a couple of really good shocking twists – when they arrive. Worth a watch!

American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020, dir. Jenny Popplewell)

An archive documentary time-lining the 2018 murder of Shannan, Celeste, and Bella Watts by Shannan’s husband Christopher, and the subsequent police investigation. Grim and compelling, and well-assembled from news coverage, social media posts, police and court interview videos, and from text conversations.

Here’s the trailer.