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How a New Wave of Found Footage Films Are Tackling Truth

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With three big titles in found footage coming soon, the format is more important than ever in interrogating our understanding of truth.


By Mary Beth McAndrews · Published on September 23rd, 2021

Entering the Discourse is a thrice-weekly column where we dig into who is saying what about new releases and upcoming projects. Today, we look at a trend emerging in the horror space around found footage and the controversy around Rob Savage’s new film DASHCAM.

Last year, there was an influx of screen-life horror films or films that used digital interfaces as a setting for terror. Think Rob Savage’s Host, which made Zoom calls, the one tenuous connection we had to the world, horrific. Now, found footage in its more traditional form is on the rise, with the upcoming release of V/H/S/94 and Paranormal Activity: Next Of Kin, as well as the discourse surrounding Savage’s latest film DASHCAM.

Savage’s DASHCAM made quite a splash at the Toronto International Film Festival. Some critics raved about his latest film, but much of the discussion arose around the casting of his main character. Annie Hardy plays the film’s dashcam operator who sits in her car and spouts anti-mask rhetoric that is unfortunately all too real in this day and age. But Hardy is not playing a character; she is playing herself.


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