Found footage is popular in the horror genre. These documentary-style movies often make the audience feel like they’re following amateur filmmakers or people recording themselves on a standard, non-professional camera -- people who are just like them. This level of realism can connect an audience to the story and characters, provided it’s done right.
Here are some of your Hattiesburg Horror Movie Examiner’s favorite found footage movies. Some of them are well-known, some are not. But all are examples of filmmakers with a handheld camera and identifiable characters getting under an audience’s skin.