Found Footage: The Beginning, the Escalation, and its Societal Impact

Tonight, Erik Kristopher Myers (ekm) is talking about the roots of the found footage subgenre, its evolution, its contribution to the cinema, and its effects on society. Myers is a writer and filmmaker. His film Roulette (2013) won numerous festival trophies and his latest feature Butterfly Kisses (2018) shot to the top of the Amazon charts for New Release Fantasy, scoring rave reviews. Myers has also won numerous awards for screenwriting and editing, and among others, he has been a producer for XM Satellite Radio, a reporter for WTOP News, and film critic for The Dagger and Ain’t it Cool News.

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016): Drama / Horror / Mystery

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J.J Abrams strikes back! With a one-location, slow burn, claustrophobic, gripping mystery/thriller (occasionally horror), that will keep you on the edge of your seats. Is John Goodman actually a deranged, child-abuser? Should Mary Elizabeth Winstead escape? What’s happening out there? Are they better off inside? That said, the third act put off the vast majority of the fans. But I’ll leave it up to you.  Don’t read anything about it, just watch it.

Whether it ties to “Cloverfield” (2008) or not, it is something that you need to figure out. Then, should you decide that it is a “blood-relative”, figure out how. And should you figure that one out, then when. And after you think you have connected all the dots, watch “The Cloverfield Paradox” (2018) and feel free to gouge your eyes in.