• Gabe Powers

Episode 16: Found Footage Horror, feat. Betsy Jorgensen of Your Favorite Monsters

DIG THE OLD CAMCORDER OUTTA STORAGE, DIM THE LIGHTS, AND RELIVE YOUR FAVORITE FRIGHTENING HOME MOVIES! REMEMBER TO ADJUST YOUR TRACKING!


We all know that found footage and mockumentary horror is the scourge of straight-to-streaming media these days, but there are some good movies out there, assuming you’re willing to endure a lot of very bad ones. Returning guest Betsy Jorgensen has taken it upon herself to cull through hundreds, nay, thousands of found footage horror movies. She has separated the gems from the muck using the finest fine-toothed comb and is here to talk about the best of the best. Or at least three of them – André Øvredal’s Trollhunter (2010), Joel Anderson’s Lake Mungo (2008), and Stephen Cognetti’s Hell House LLC (2015).


Your humble host, Gabe Powers, does his best to find what we might consider the first found footage horror film, we try to parse the difference between “found footage'' and “mockumentary,” and both of us pepper additional recommendations throughout the entire podcast.



00:00 – Intro/earliest examples of found footage & mockumentary horror

19:54 – Trollhunter

39:06 – Lake Mungo

1:02:56 – Hell House LLC

1:21:06 – Other recommendations, dream films, and outro


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