Top 20 Mockumentary Horror Movies

Mockumentary is a feature film that imitates a documentary. In the very name of the genre there is a hint for an overly gullible public: “mock” is translated as a mockery, imitation. Artistic tricks are engaged in a fake of reality, for example, chilling events. The pseudo-documentary horror films in our selection are perfect for scaring the audience or engaging them headlong into what is happening on the screen.

Claustrophobes: Quest in Moscow (2020)

A novelty movie in the mockumentary style will tell about blogger Kyle, who likes to surprise subscribers with unusual adventures. For another portion of adrenaline, the guy goes to Moscow, deciding to change the usual scenery. A Russian billionaire invites Kyle and his friends to complete a quest in a Soviet-era prison . The guys like the idea, but after a few trials, there is no trace of their former enthusiasm. The quest turns into a bloody attraction, where every step can be the last.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Follow Me

Actors:
Keegan Allen, Holland Roden, Denzel Whitaker …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Konjiam Psychiatric Hospital (2018)

The mockumentary horror film will take viewers through the corridors of an abandoned mental hospital. A few decades ago, patients in a mental hospital committed mass suicide, and the fate of the head physician is still unknown. A popular blogger decides to take a chance and make a video with horror elements to get a record number of views. Together with other daredevils, the guy explores a dilapidated building, where answers to terrible secrets are stored in one of the rooms.

Original title:
Gonjiam

Actors:
Wi Ha-joon, Park Chi-hyun, Park Sung-hoon …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
16+


Visit (2015)

Single mother Paula sends children to their parents for acquaintance and interesting recreation. Tyler and Becca enjoy visiting their grandparents. Hospitable relatives allow you to have fun, do nothing and enjoy freedom, but there is a strict rule in the house. After half past nine in the evening, children are strictly forbidden to leave their room.

Original title:
The Visit

Actors:
Olivia DeJong, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Katherine Hahn …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.2

Age Limits :
16+


Atticus Institute (2015)

An American horror film about scientific experiments filmed with an amateur camera creates the effect of presence with a tense expectation of a denouement. Employees of the Atticus Institute are examining people with unusual abilities . The attention of scientists is attracted by Judith Winstead, who struck everyone with the power of paranormal talents. The military decides to use the woman’s gift as a weapon, but the patient’s dark side holds many surprises.

Original title:
The Atticus Institute

Actors:
Ria Kilstedt, William Mapother, Sharon Moan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Paris. City of the Dead (2014)

An American archaeologist with a company of like-minded people arrives in the capital of France. Scarlett is not interested in classic sightseeing tours, she has something much more interesting to do in Paris. With a detachment of adventurers, the girl descends into the Parisian catacombs to find an artifact in the dungeon – the philosopher’s stone. But what awaits reckless travelers underground and who will be able to get to the surface?

Original title:
As Above, So Below

Actors:
Perdita Wicks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.2

Age Limits :
16+


Real Ghouls (2014)

Pseudo-documentary horror film, shot on a phone camera and professional equipment in the format of a reality show, will show the everyday life of modern vampires. For thousands of years, ghouls have tried to stay in the shadows, but the inhabitants of the mansion in Wellington wanted glory. A group of journalists visit the vampires to interview them and capture their time on camera. Sensation hunters hope to get exclusive material and follow the company of immortal guys everywhere.

Original title:
What We Do in the Shadows

Actors:
Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh…

Country:
New Zealand, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Michael King Obsession (2014)

After the death of his wife, a staunch skeptic and atheist decides to create a documentary that exposes specialists in otherworldly phenomena. Michael King meets with occultists, necromancers and demonologists, trying to catch charlatans on fraudulent activities with imitation of mysticism and horror. However, the mysterious rites of the masters of magic lead to an unpredictable result.

Original title:
The Possession of Michael King

Actors:
Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson, Kara Pifko …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Deborah Logan’s Demons (2014)

The top horror films in the pseudo-documentary genre continue with a picture about a medical student. Mia receives a serious assignment and goes to the backwoods where Sarah lives with her mother Deborah. An elderly woman suffers from Alzheimer’s disease – and it is this disease that a student should study and highlight in a documentary film. The girl sets up cameras in the house and closely monitors the behavior of the patient. Over time, it turns out that not all of Deborah’s actions can be attributed to a progressive disease.

Original title:
The Taking of Deborah Logan

Actors:
Jill Larson, Ann Ramsey, Michelle Eng…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
18+


The Mystery of the Dyatlov Pass (2013)

After watching a film about the mysterious death of Soviet tourists, based on real events, American Holly King decides to go through a dangerous snowy route. The girl gathers a group of like-minded people to get answers to numerous questions along the way. The real reason for the death of Igor Dyatlov’s squad has not yet been established, and Holly hopes to find any clue.

Actors:
Holly Goss, Matt Stockow, Luke Albright …

Country:
Russia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Sacrament (2013)

A pseudo-documentary horror film in the style of amateur footage is worth a watch for fans of thrillers based on real dramas. Correspondent Patrick’s sister lives in a religious commune, where she was helped to get rid of drug addiction . Caroline invites her brother over, and Patrick’s colleagues join in. But a trip to a heavenly place with an idyllic community turns into a tragedy.

Original title:
The Sacrament

Actors:
Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentaker Audley …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Bay (2012)

A fantastic picture in a pseudo-documentary manner about parasitic mutants that arose in the waters of the bay due to the dumping of chicken manure. The horror film consists of video fragments filmed by the participants in the incident. On the coast of an American town, a biological disaster is unfolding due to an environmental crime that has flown like a boomerang to people. The beginning of the tragedy falls on Independence Day, and one of the first witnesses is a local journalist.

Original title:
The Bay

Actors:
Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Keter Donoghue …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Apollo 18 (2011)

A mockumentary in the horror and thriller genre will reveal the secrets of a space mission , where astronauts face a difficult task. The Americans should place a missile strike warning device on the surface of the moon. The United States is concerned about its own security, but the real threat lurks among the cold craters. Astronauts encounter unexplained phenomena that prevent them from completing their mission.

Original title:
Apollo 18

Actors:
Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Grave Seekers (dilogue, 2010 and 2012)

The members of a popular TV show agree to spend the night in a mental hospital with a terrible reputation. Many years ago, cruel experiments on people were carried out on the territory of the clinic, and the souls of patients still cannot find peace. The host of the program intends to establish contact with the ghosts, but will the otherworldly forces of the guests be released from the building? The mockumentary film was filmed on the territory of an abandoned psychiatric clinic in Canada, which gave the picture a realistic look.

Original title:
Grave Encounters

Actors:
Sean Rogerson, Mervin Mondeser, Ashley Gryzko …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


The Last Exorcism (2010)

Horror films shot on a smartphone and a regular camera are in no way inferior in terms of entertainment to expensive films with a high rating. Church minister Marcus Cotton is engaged in the exorcism of the devil, arranging demonstrative exorcism sessions. The churning water and the smoking cross are part of the creepy show, but the congregation doesn’t need to know about the tricks. A desperate father turns to Marcus for help, whose daughter is possessed by dark forces. The priest readily takes up the ceremony, not suspecting what he will have to face.

Original title:
The Last Exorcism

Actors:
Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bar…

Country:
France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Troll Hunters (2010)

Fantasy mockumentary about a group of Norwegian students and an unusual turn in their journey. Young people are investigating the mass death of bears, and suspicions fall on a local hunter. The man turns out not to be a poacher, but an employee of the secret state service, which catches real trolls, and the guys join the extreme hunt for fantastic creatures.

Original title:
Trolljegeren

Actors:
Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Johanna Merk …

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Quarantine (2008)

A mockumentary horror film takes place in an isolated residential area where, by chance, a TV journalist ends up. Angela is assigned to report on the fire department ‘s night shift , but the routine call turns into a death trap. Rescuers arrive at the call of worried residents who heard the inhuman screams of a neighbor. On the spot, it turns out that the woman was a victim of an unknown virus – and the entire building is quarantined.

Original title:
Quarantine

Actors:
Jennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris, Jay Hernandez…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Reportage (2007)

The aspiring journalist is in search of sensational material, so she goes with a rescue team to the challenge. The police cannot calm down an elderly woman who rushes to the guards. Several people have already suffered from the bites of the raging lady, and the authorities are forced to block everyone in the house until the circumstances are clarified. Pseudo -documentary Spanish film shot in the best traditions of horror in a closed space.

Original title:
[Rec]

Actors:
Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terrace, Jorge-Yamam Serrano…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Diaries of the Dead (2007)

Another pseudo-documentary film shot on a mobile phone will captivate the audience with incredible realism – everything that happens can be seen through the eyes of the main characters. Chaos reigns in the city, which began with the sudden resurrection of a murdered family. The risen dead pounce on law enforcement officers, and a terrible virus breaks out of the crime scene. A group of students is trying to find the surviving relatives without becoming victims of bloodthirsty monsters.

Original title:
Diary of the Dead

Actors:
Todd Schroeder, Laura DeCartere, Amy Chupac Lalonde …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions :
18+


Tapes from Poughkeepsie (2006)

A documentary with horrific scenes of brutal murders falls into the hands of the police. The maniac has been terrorizing the town of Poughkeepsie and the nearest settlements for several months, recording sophisticated crimes on film. The best profilers are engaged in the search for a serial killer, but the psychopath is always one step ahead. The maniac changes tactics and preferences in choosing victims, pushing detectives on the wrong path.

Original title:
The Poughkeepsie Tapes

Actors:
Stacy Chbosky, Ben Messmer, Samantha Robson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Blair Witch: Coursework from the Other World (1999)

Rounding out the list of the best pseudo-documentary horror films is the story of three college students. A terrible legend is connected with the forest in the state of Maryland about a witch who does not let random travelers out of her possessions. The guys decide to check the authenticity of the old fairy tale – and go in search of artifacts. Halfway to the witch’s lair, the students realize that they are lost, but this is not the worst discovery yet.

Original title:
The Blair Witch Project

Actors:
Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael S. Williams…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age limits :
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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