Mockumentaries are a blast especially when they tap into that part of many of us that secretly indulges a conspiracy theory or two. Who doesn’t love catching wind of a good cover-up about to be blown? So put on your black suit and get out your neuralizer for Five Lesser Known Horror Mockumentaries.
The Landing (2017)- Of the movies on this list, The Landing is the least effective, but it’s still got an interesting premise that makes it fun. If you’ve seen Apollo 18 and/or followed the conspiracy theories surround the scrapped mission, The Landing might by right up your alley. It imagines a successful Apollo 18 mission that doesn’t go awry until returning to Earth. Their re-entry goes off course causing the astronauts to crash land in a Chinese desert. While they all survive the landing, only one is left alive when the rescue team arrives. What killed the other two becomes a topic of speculation as the surviving astronaut’s story doesn’t jibe with the evidence.
Fury Of The Demon (2012)- From Dorian Gray’s portrait to Lovecraftian tomes to The King In Yellow, the idea of cursed works of art has been around for a while. So it was only a matter of time until film and video found curses of their own in such works as Videodrome, and Halloween III: Season Of The Witch. So it is with Georges Méliès’s lost film Fury Of The Demon. As with other mythical films like La Fin Absolue du Monde in John Carpenter’s Cigarette Burns and Enrique Zozoya’s Nero’s Last Days in Sylvia Moreno-Garcia’s story, “Flash Frame,” Fury Of The Demon drives its viewers insane. The insanity in this case is temporary but extremely violent, and along with others on this list, manages to come off as uncomfortably convincing.
The WNUF Halloween Special (2013)- A thoroughly enjoyable, superfun indie set in 1987, The WNUF Halloween Special is shot as a local TV news story (right down to the low-budget local advertisements). It follows a television reporter and crew as they enter the Webber House where accused murderer Donald Webber is suspected to have killed his parents. Webber maintains that he was ordered to do so after he accidentally summoned demons through everyone’s favorite occult family game, a Ouija board. Full marks as well for a nice little twist I didn’t see coming.
Mortal Remains (2012)- Capitalizing on the misdirection-as-publicity used for Blair Witch Project, the folks involved with Mortal Remains leave a number of informational breadcrumbs leading to “information” about this mysterious film and its equally mysterious director, Karl Atticus. Since the time I first ran across this movie, much of the “evidence” for the existence of the director, his films, and his inspirations have been yanked from Wikipedia. He still has entries on IMDB along with a lengthy chat debate concerning the veracity of the director and his films (elements of which may themselves be faked as well). I have to admit that I spent more time down this rabbit hole than I should have, and I also have to admit that I still have my doubts. What can I say? We all have our things.
Savageland (2015)- Lots of writers have stories situated in the Lovecraft mythos. If you read enough of them, you’re bound to come across some that suggest what Lovecraft wrote was all true and merely passed off as fiction. Sometimes, found footage horror will do something very similar, and this is exactly what happens with Savageland. I’m not a huge fan of the zombie subgenre, but this one certainly left a mark. Savageland concerns a zombie attack documented by a lone amateur photographer who is accused of slaughtering an entire Arizona border town. It’s presented with a straightforward, matter-of-fact tone in much the same way as Zombie Survival Guide, but rather than resulting in humor, Savageland results in tension. The film’s major selling point and most chilling feature has to be the grainy, blurry photos that suggest more than show the nature of the events. The overall effect is more than convincing enough to make you wonder.
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