Published Dec. 22, 2019

5 Movies Filmed By The Characters

5. Paranormal Activity

Rating: R

Year: 2009

Run time: 1h 26m


Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

Audience Score: 57%

A couple, played by Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat moved into a new home. Trying to get comfortable in their new house, they notice a few suspicious things going on. Pictures and vases fall at their own, doors shut and tables move. They figure out that a supernatural force is present. Experts aren't able to help and they can't move out. 

100% of the movie is filmed by a handheld camera. The point of this is to catch everything that happens in the house, mostly while the couple sleeps.   

4. Creep

Rating: R

Year: 2015

Run time: 1h 17m


Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

Audience Score: 65%

Josef, played by Mark Duplass, sent out an ad for someone to make a professional recording of his words to his son. A videographer named Aaron, played by Patrick Brice, decides to get some extra money by filming him. At first, Josef seemed like a good person that just wanted to talk to his son. As the day progresses, Aaron realizes that Josef is anything but normal, he is a very creepy person. 

This movie was given pretty good reviews for its idea. A sequel came out in 2017 simply called Creep 2, and that one got a 100% on rotten tomatoes. 

Filmed entirely from Aaron's camera, this is in documentary style. We slowly see how creepy Josef can be by building his way up to becoming terrifying. 

3. The Visit

Rating: PG-13

Year: 2015

Run time: 1h 34m


Rotten Tomatoes: 67%

Audience Score: 51%

Two parents, played by Kathryn Hahn and Benjamin Kanes, just want a few days vacation together. They send their two children, Becca, played by Olivia DeJonge and Tyler, played by Ed Oxenbould, to their grandparent's house. They soon discover that there is something wrong with their grandparents.

What makes this idea so interesting and really expresses the ending is that the kids have never seen their grandparents before. Their parents haven't seen the grandparents in a very long time.

The entire movie is filmed by Tyler's handheld camera to catch all of the creepy behaviors of their grandparents. That's all that will be said because this movie has too good of an ending to spoil.    

2. What We Do In The Shadows

Rating: R

Year: 2015

Run time: 1h 26m


Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

Audience Score: 86%

The only comedy on this list, a group of four vampire friends decide to make a documentary on the life of a modern day vampire. Their film decides to stay away from the benefits and shows more of the struggles. They also make fun of the weaknesses and cliches of vampires and it is hilarious. They don't just live among humans, they also live among other monster groups. Their rivals throughout the movie are the werewolves. Their main line is "werewolves, not swearwolves" any time they cuss. 

They also have their blood urges. To solve this, they schedule who they will turn into a vampire and when. When they bite the wrong friend, their schedule is messed up and have to show him the ways of vampires.

1. Chronicle

Rating: PG-13

Year: 2012

Run time: 1h 29m


Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

Audience Score: 71%

Andrew, played by Dan Dehaan, a high school outcast, suddenly decides that he will buy a camera and record everything. This seems to be a very good time to record because him, Matt, played by Alex Russell, and high school hot shot, Steve, played by Michael B. Jordan, make a great discovery. They find a hole in the ground and go down it. They find some crystal structure that gives them telekinetic powers. They seem to be better people with these powers, but their dark sides are slowly exposed. 

What's clever is that this movie isn't about a view through one person's camera. It's actually filmed through other peoples' cameras, security cameras and helicopter cameras. 

Est. Nov. 9, 2019