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Apr 23, 2005
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Horrormentary- A horror film genera in which the horror film is told by the perspective of a camera. The film is filmed using shaky camerawork, because according to the plot it was filmed with a hand-held camera by one of the characters.

The first one I came upon was .The Blair Witch Project. The Blair Witch Project, set in 1994, tells the fictional story of three young student filmmakers who get lost in the woods while filming a documentary about the eponymous local legend, the Blair Witch. After being terrorized by an unseen presence for several days, they mysteriously disappear. They were never heard from again. Neither the students nor their bodies are ever found, although their video and sound equipment (along with most of the footage they shot) is found a year later, several feet under a building foundation that was laid at least a century earlier.

The first film that used this technique was Cannibal Holocaust Filmed in the Amazonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Rainforest; it focuses on a team of four documentarians who head deep into the jungle to make a documentary on the primitive native tribes that live there. After two months and no word from the team, a famous Anthropologist is sent on a rescue mission in hopes of finding the team alive. Much of the film is the depiction of the recovered film's content, which functions similarly to a flashback and grows increasingly disturbing as the film progresses.

The resent film cloverfiled is presented as a series of scenes (from a digital camera) obtained by the United States department of defense pertaining to Case Designate "Cloverfield", found in an area "formerly known as central park". The footage that comprises the rest of the film is shot under the context of a personal hand-held camera used by various characters throughout the film's events.

Two new films will be released using the same style George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead where a group of film students are making an independent horror film when they become trapped in a world being consumed by flesh-eating zombies. They then turn their attention toward making the film into a documentary on their personal horror experiences. And the Poughkeepsie tapes where the tapes in question are the murders that take place.

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