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In a meta-twist on the horror movie genre comes the horror film about horror films. Here are some of the most popular and well-executed (see what we did there?) navel-gazing scary films, ie. scary movies about scary movies.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Director: Oren Peli
Starring: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs
This film has a relatively standard horror plot: a family is stalked by a murderous demon. What makes this film unique, however, is how it’s told. Much of the film is seen through the vantage of security cameras and other devices used to make it appear they were all culled together to thread together the story. This movie spawned a whole series of eight films.
Stream Paranormal Activity on Paramount+, Pluto TV and Netflix.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Director: Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez
Starring: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard
When this film – likely the progenitor of the entire found-footage horror sub-genre, first released, its uniquely modern (for the time) style of storytelling scared viewers in a whole new and unfamiliar way. Told through a video camera held by an increasingly panicked teen, this poorly lit, blurry, grainy, unsteady, hyper-realistic video-as-film follows friends investigating the myth of a witch and ending up getting lost in the woods.
Stream The Blair Witch Project on Apple TV and Vudu.
Scary Movie (2000)
Director: Keenan Ivory Wayans
Starring: Anna Faris, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Shannon Elizabeth
Warning: This film is as much a comedy as it is a horror film. This parody of slasher flicks satirizes popular ones of the day and their classic tropes. Don’t let the comedy fool you though; it’s still got its fair share of scares! The movie spawned four sequels applying the same formula to formulaic haunted house, mysterious object, alien invasion and demon-possessed children movies.
Stream Scary Movie on Apple TV and Vudu.
Midnight Movie (2008)
Director: Jack Messitt
Starring: Rebekah Brandes, Daniel Bonjour, Greg Cirulnick, Mandell Maughan
The polar opposite of the Wayan brothers’ franchise, this horror film takes its horror seriously. Replete with classic blood and gore with a little sex and nudity thrown in (thank you, Mr. Hitchcock,) it involves a rare midnight screening at a dilapidated old theater of a slasher film whose maker apparently went insane from it. That doesn’t dissuade the audience, however, all of whom are unaware that when the lights go down, this bloodbath features audience participation.
The Final Girls (2015)
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine
An orphan and several other high-school teens watch a B-movie slasher flick made by the orphan’s mother – an 80s scream queen, before she allegedly died. Suddenly, the friends all find themselves trapped inside the movie and face-to-face with some startling truths. To live to tell the tale however, they must adapt to the classic tropes of the genre.
Stream The Final Girls on Apple TV and Vudu.
After watching these scary movies about scary movies, you’ll never look at another horror movie the same way again!