In no particular order…
Grave Encounters (2011)
Directors: Colin Minihan, Stuart Ortiz
Shot in the style we define as “found footage”, a group of ghost hunters for a TV show known as ‘Grave Encounters’ go into an abandoned insane asylum in the search of the “paranormal”, but their experience is a lot more than all of them bargained for.
This is the type of film that will leave you watching every element on the screen from the edge of your seat, anxiously awaiting the next big scare that shall emerge from the foreground or the background of any given shot.
As Above, So Below (2014)
Director: John Erick Dowdle
An Archaeologist on the search of the philosopher’s stone is led to search the dark Catacombs of Paris with a team of investigators, but what they find down there comes straight from Dante’s inferno itself.
This film is also shot in a ‘found footage’ style and is an exploration into the depths of hell as well as religion as a wider concept. As the film is shot on location in the actual Catacombs of Paris, the horror is of this picture radiates, making for a very creepy movie.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Director: Drew Goddard
Five youthful friends go on a trip to a cabin in the woods expecting a drug and drink filled party holiday, but they get a lot more than they bargained for when they end up being in the middle of a twisted survival game of flesh eating zombies, ghouls and demons. Two doctors involve themselves into the game of life and death, but all you see is not all you get with this film.
The Cabin in the Woods is a film that uses all stereotypes of horror/teen flicks to its advantage, with the twists and turns coming time and time again until the very end. One of the first 21st century horror films with a truly new take on the horror genre that flips every known rule on its head.
The Collector (2009/10)
Director: Marcus Dunstan
A man down on his luck decides to steal from the rich family he is working for, but he picks the wrong night to do it. A masked madman has gotten there first. The night goes from a solo theft to a saving mission and a game of cat and mouse from a psychotic killer.
This is a home invasion story with a twist. The collector is written by the writers of Saw IV, V and VI, and this heavy influence is evident in the film’s gory tale.