I saw 118 feature films in the theater this year, and yet I had a pretty hard time compiling this list. I saw a lot of good movies, but I feel like I saw very few GREAT ones. Very little truly blew me away, including a lot of the films everyone else is putting on their end-of-year lists. It’s not that those movies--or many of the others I saw and liked--weren’t good. It’s just that few of them particularly touched me, for some reason. I can count on one hand the number of times I cried in a theater this year, which is very unusual (I’m a big movie crier; I admit it). And nothing I saw left me as slack-jawed as The Witch or Goodnight Mommy from last year, or pushed artistic boundaries as interestingly as Birdman the year before. I can’t tell if I’m just getting old, or if being a filmmaker and seeing how the sausage is made has made movies more difficult to appreciate. But for whatever reason, it felt like a very 'meh' year for me.
That said, I did see some great stuff, mostly at festivals (of which I attended 10 this year, thanks to Found Footage 3D). I like to include festival movies on my list because I think it’s good to make people aware so that you can catch them in their general release. Here’s the best of what I saw in 2016:Read more
We aren't even in official release yet and Found Footage 3D is already being hailed by several major outlets as one of the best films of 2016 and a must-see release in 2017.
Over at Birth.Movies.Death, Kayln Corrigan asked indie filmmakers to pick their top 5 movies of 2016. In his selection of FF3D, horror icon Joe Lynch says "what gobsmacked me what how well the 3D worked both as a comment on the format but also to legit work the crowd... This was a perfect genre festival screening; laughter, cheers, actual SCREAMS as the film unfolds. The audience felt exhilarated when it was over."
iHorror names us one of the 5 Film Festival Horror Movies to Look for in 2017. Jason Coffman calls the film "a smart, funny satire of the form that happens to double as an excellent example of it" and lauds the movie's "brilliantly inventive uses for its 3D. This is a 3D movie that absolutely must be seen on the big screen for maximum effect."
Found Footage Critic picks us as one of their 5 Highly Anticipated Found Footage Films for 2017: "We can confidently say that this 3D movie is a solid feature that found footage horror fans should place on their must-see list".
And finally, Joshua Millican at HorrorFreakNews puts FF3D on his list of 15 Amazing Horror Movies from 2016 You Probably Missed and says that "all of us who saw Found Footage 3D during its run on the festival circuit agree it’s one of 2016’s best."
Our fall festival run is over. In the final tally we played 21 screenings at 20 festivals in 11 U.S. states and 6 foreign countries on 4 different continents.
Along the way we picked up 15 awards, including 4 Best Features, 4 Audience Awards, 2 Best Special FX, a Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and 4 Best Actors for 3 different actors.
Not a bad haul...
Have no fear if you haven't had a chance yet to see the film. We promise to return in the Spring not only with more festivals, but with news about our general release!
FF3D has picked up SIX more awards in the last two weeks:
Audience Award - Austin Film Festival (Austin, TX)
Best Feature - Madtown Horror (Madison, WI)
Best Director (Steven DeGennaro) - Madtown Horror (Madison, WI)
Best Special Effects - Madtown Horror (Madison, WI)
Best Actress (Alena von Stroheim) - Madtown Horror (Madison, WI)
Best Actress (Alena von Stroheim) - Eerie Horror Film Festival (Edinboro, PA)
This brings our total to 13 awards in 8 festivals. Not too shabby...
Found Footage 3D continues to steamroll over the competition, winning another three awards this weekend.
In four awards-eligible festivals, FF3D has picked up a whopping SEVEN awards, including three for "Best Feature". Our awards thus far include:
Jury Award - Bruce Campbell's Horror Film Festival (Chicago, IL)
Audience Award: Best Feature - Splat! Film Fest (Lublin, Poland)
Audience Award: Scariest Feature - Splat! Film Fest (Lublin, Poland)
Audience Award: Best Special FX - Splat! Film Fest (Lublin, Poland)
Best Feature - Fear Fete Horror Con (Biloxi, MS)
Best Cinematography - Horrorquest (Atlanta, GA)
Best Supporting Actor (Scott Allen Perry) - Horrorquest (Atlanta, GA)
After two very successful, sold-out festival screenings, the reviews are starting to come in and frankly they are better than we could possibly have hoped for. Found footage is notoriously NOT a critic-friendly subgenre, but in our case the critics seem to agree with the audience and have had almost universally positive things to say about the film. We are grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support. Highlights from some of our favorite reviews are below. You can find even more on our reviews page.
"one of the best 3D and one of the best found footage movies I’ve ever seen."
"delivers one of the best 3D experiences I’ve had in a theater since the format had its resurgence in 2009"
"a brilliant sendup of the subgenre"
"the near-perfect horror experience"
"truly... a modern indie gem that really, really deserves a place among the greats"
"the 3D is exceptional.... I think you’ll find it hard to show me a more impressive use of 3D in a live-action feature film"
"This is the best found footage movie ever made. It is the best 3D movie I’ve ever seen. It is not only one of the best horror-comedies I’ve ever seen, it’s one of the best films I’ve ever seen of any kind. DeGennaro’s script is brilliant. The actors are excellent. The camerawork and 3D effects are mesmerizing. This movie MUST be released in 3,000+ theaters across the country or every single Hollywood studio might as well be swallowed up by gigantic sink holes because if they can’t present something this great to the widest possible audience, there’s no longer any reason for them to exist."
"simply amazing in almost every way possible"
"you’re best to have some fresh underwear at hand by the time the end credits roll"
"a found footage film for people that hate the genre"
"some very effective uses of 3D"
"had me literally leaping out of my seat"
"right up there with some of the best horror works I’ve seen in 2016"
"The last found-footage horror movie that you’ll ever need to see"
"a definite 'do not miss'!"
"destined to become a franchise"
"when the ensemble is as strong as this one, well… I can’t help but swoon"
"one of the best found footage movies ever made"
"has an amazing ability to shift tones and sympathies multiple times in the course of a single scene"
"the rare sendup that works as both a goof on the thing and as a great example of the thing itself"
"a gem and a joy"
"paid me back for all of the Blair Witch imitations I've watched over the last 17 years"
"It sets out to deconstruct every trope that it then implements perfectly"
"in the way that Scream dealt with slasher movies, Found Footage 3D deals with 3D AND found footage"
"My ass (my literal ass) left the seat four times"
"definitely a movie that you want to see in 3D"
"should be seen by found footage supporters and haters alike"
"not just for horror fans"
"an absolutely hilarious take down AND a love letter to the sub genre"
"Comedy and horror are pulled off well here, and sometimes not even from scene to scene, but back and forth during one single sequence"
"supernatural elements run riot in the glorious and scary final act"
"#1 film at FrightFest 2016"
"Steven DeGennaro’s debut movie is all hit"
"does a perfect balancing act between genuine comedy, affecting drama and scream aloud ghost-train scares"
"Give this man a Marvel movie now!"
"well devised shit-your-pants scares"
"deftly written dialogue and inspired humor"
"the effects should ideally be seen in 3D to be truly appreciated as the 2D version doesn’t do the film anywhere near as much justice"
"by far one of the better horror/comedies I’ve seen"
"a surprisingly refreshing movie that may well rekindle your dwindling love of the shaky cam"
"When the film starts to get darker it’s done so effortlessly you forget you’re not laughing anymore"
"the Scream of its time"
"the best found footage film since the original Blair Witch Project and possibly the best ever!"
"some of the best 3D that I’ve ever seen"
"a triumph on all fronts"
"the 3D effects are stellar"
"Smartly written, believably acted, and deftly crafted, FOUND FOOTAGE 3D is funny, smart, and scary as hell"
"the Scream for found footage movies"
"a super-meta comedy film that slowly turns into a horror film in the best way possible"
"the 3D works... it actually feels like you’re there"
"my favorite kind of horror-comedy, which is the kind that’s funny right up until it’s not funny at all"
"really respects its audience’s intelligence, both by winking at them and by delivering real scares"
"clever, highly satisfying"
"you need to see it in 3-D"
"Scream updated for the digicam generation"
"for those of you who are fed up to the teeth with both found footage and 3D, both are very good here"
"smart, funny, and ultimately frightening"
"hugely entertaining, creepy and scary and fun"
"up there with the best of the best in modern horror-comedy"
"catnip for genre fans who are exhausted by terrible lazy found footage films"
"pulls off that extremely difficult horror comedy trick of being properly funny and genuinely scary"
Read even more reviews here.