Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire

★★☆☆ – (2019) – A live-action play within a known haunted house goes as badly as many expect. Attempts to add a backstory to the previous entries, but 98% of this has been seen before. Never terrible, and wants to be spooky, but can only remind of the superior original. On the plus side, this has the most fake looking facial scar in movie history.

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Hell House LLC

★★★☆ – (2015) – A group of friends open a haunted house attraction in an actual haunted house. Begins as any other found footage cheapie, but what sets this apart from the others is a genuine creep factor throughout. It’s sometimes hard to tell what’s happening, especially toward the end, but there are plenty of moments that elicit chills.

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They’re Watching

★★½☆ – (2016) – A home improvement show travels to Europe to film a rustic house, but find trouble of the witch variety. Manages to put forward some fun character scenarios, though those characters are hardly profound. Skirts by with a few slow spots, but the finale is so manically bonkers the wait is more than worthwhile. Cheap in production, but high in ambition.

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Be My Cat: A Film for Anne

★★☆☆ – (2015) – A man who’s obsessed with Anne Hathaway hires, films, and brutalizes actresses who resemble her in preparation for his desired meeting with her. The premise is unique, and the found footage aspect works, but even at only 87-minutes this tends to drag. Has a few unnerving spots, but the uneven pace and repetition make this easy to drift away from.

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Unlisted Owner

★★½☆ – (2013) – A group of friends venture into a house where recent murders transpired, only to find doing so isn’t the brightest of ideas. Has some genuinely funny camaraderie among the leads, though their jokes gradually give way to perpetual yelling. The intro is too abrupt, and the finale mimics The Blair Witch Project, but this hits the right marks and provides fun.

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Afflicted

★★☆☆ – (2013) – A young man on vacation in a foreign land is attacked by, and gradually becomes, a vampire. Has the authentic feel of a reality show in the early stages, and the lead’s slow dissolve into vampirism is effective. By the end, however, anything insightful becomes routine, and the found footage gimmick feels unnecessary.

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The Taking of Deborah Logan

★★½☆ – (2014) – A small documentary crew films a woman who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s, only to find her affliction is far more dangerous than anticipated. The first half is yet another found footage story that thinks its bland design is unique, but the story gradually becomes creepy, surprising, and tense. Makes little sense, but escapes its own monotony and tends to entertain.

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