Found-Footage Horror and the Frame's Undoing

Cecilia Sayad
2016 Cinema Journal  
This article fi nds in the found-footage horror cycle an alternative way of understanding the relationship between horror fi lms and reality, which is usually discussed in terms of allegory. I propose the investigation of framing, considered both fi guratively (framing the fi lm as documentary) and stylistically (the framing in handheld cameras and in static long takes), as a device that playfully destabilizes the separation between the fi lm and the surrounding world. The article's main case
more » ... ticle's main case study is the Paranormal Activity franchise, but examples are drawn from a variety of fi lms.
doi:10.1353/cj.2016.0003 fatcat:ze2pav5p6vfvjgt7mv4kp2dwmq