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IShallRiseAgain
Sep 12, 2008

Well ain't that precious?



This thread is for posting your favorite fiction that presents itself as being non-fiction, so things that are just text are fine too. This thread isn't meant for things like fake news articles that weren't written for entertainment purposes, but just to manipulate people.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh09uIN6tl0 (LOCAL58TV - You Are On The Fastest Available Route)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gMjJNGg9Z8 (Unedited Footage of a Bear)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWXnt2Z2D1E (My house walk-through)

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Len
Jan 21, 2008

Pouches, bandages, shoulderpad, cyber-eye...

Bitchin'!



I’ll go to bat for the Bad Ben series. Theyre horror/comedy things that used to be on Prime streaming but are now on youtube and the Bad Ben TV roku channel.

Basically the guy wanted to make a movie and when he crew bailed he just made it with himself. And then he made 6 more. The second is the weakest and the cartoon should be avoided at all costs

PKMN Trainer Red
Oct 22, 2007

........




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-SL4ejpP94

Heroic Yoshimitsu
Jan 15, 2008




In a similar vein to Unedited Footage of a Bear, there's This House Has People In It - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-pj8OtyO2I

Also, there's I Am Sophie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c?iamsophie?videos . I'll admit, I haven't sat down and watched all of this, but what I have seen seemed pretty well-done.

The Saddest Rhino
Apr 29, 2009

I could hear the roots of loneliness creeping through me when the world was hushed at four o'clock in the morning






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NghZz_JS6q8

it's on shudder, go watch this

My Lovely Horse
Aug 21, 2010




Belgian movie Man Bites Dog is presented as a documentary made by a small crew that follows a serial killer. I highly recommend it but it gets very dark and explicit. It's a comedy.

e: Trollhunter is another good one. The premise is that a group of students set out to investigate rumours of a bear poacher, and find something altogether different in the woods. It's kinda marketed as a horror movie but it's a comedy too, just incredibly deadpan.

My Lovely Horse has a new favorite as of 14:02 on Jan 18, 2021

BobTheJanitor
Jun 28, 2003




This is creepy as hell.

But I appreciate that the guy who made it also did a making of video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtJ5rVfHkCA which is bright and completely non-scary and set to some ridiculously cutesy j-pop music.

Puppy Time
Mar 1, 2005



Heroic Yoshimitsu posted:

Also, there's I Am Sophie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c?iamsophie?videos . I'll admit, I haven't sat down and watched all of this, but what I have seen seemed pretty well-done.

It starts out pretty strong, but it broke for me when it went into anything tech, especially the "avid gamer" playing a poo poo-tier creepypasta game and freaking the gently caress out like she'd never encountered a single edgy romhack or heard of haunted games in her entire life.

Also the guy in the star trek shirt who monologs to a stuffed flamingo because the writer apparently couldn't think of a single other way to communicate that he's a lonely nerd who people take advantage of.


It's at its best when it's doing regular spoopy poo poo, and it seems like it might still have some story remaining that's been disrupted by everyone having to stay inside forever, so it'll be interesting to see where they go from here.



Noroi is the best found footage movie I've ever watched. Absolutely wonderful.



Loved this, also. Very simple, well told, doesn't overstay its welcome. More horror stories should be like this.

Crackmaster
Feb 6, 2004


Ted the Caver is a first-person "true story" about cave exploration, written in 2001 as a proto-blog (one showcasing accordingly retro web design). There's also a copy on the Wayback Machine if you prefer that the last page links to an intentionally non-existent page 11 instead of just itself, which I think has a teensy bit more punch. I also swear I've read before that the story was inspired by or straight up ripped from some book published in the 80s/90s, but the name escapes me, sorry.


Poking around Youtube for more Local 58 style stuff I found Gemini Home Entertainment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyDvpwpRPM4

That in turn led me to the unrelated but also interesting Eventide Media Center:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiTvpTuuAh4

There seems to be a proliferation of these "analog horror" channels, some better than others, so be sure to check the related videos Youtube recommends.


Finally, mockumentary The Last Broadcast is a feature length film about a hunt for the mythical Jersey Devil:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GwXCyJfPzE

It predates Blair Witch by a little bit, and though it's been over a decade since I last saw it, I remember enjoying myself. People in the comments suggest the ending is a letdown, though, so grain of salt, I don't really remember the details.

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Otana
Jun 1, 2005

Let's go see what kind of trouble we can get into.



This one is excellent. The random repetition, the slow burn, the absolute calmness. The making of is a pro-click too, it's so cool to see how it's just clever use of cheap practical effects.

Crackmaster posted:

Ted the Caver is a first-person "true story" about cave exploration, written in 2001 as a proto-blog (one showcasing accordingly retro web design). There's also a copy on the Wayback Machine if you prefer that the last page links to an intentionally non-existent page 11 instead of just itself, which I think has a teensy bit more punch. I also swear I've read before that the story was inspired by or straight up ripped from some book published in the 80s/90s, but the name escapes me, sorry.

This is still one of my favorite short horror stories ever. I think it's because I've been potholing and it was one of the most singularly uncomfortable experiences of my life, that the idea of voluntarily squeezing into natural caves where no one's documented (or could reasonably rescue you if you got hurt) is already terrifying, but I especially love the lack of explanation. It just ends, with no closure or reveal.

yeah I eat ass
Mar 14, 2005

only people who enjoy my posting can replace this avatar

Since ted the caver was mentioned, another favorite of mine that was in the similar early-ish internet style was the Dianoaea house. The website isn't up anymore but it was a cool story and I still get "the door is open" scenes in my nightmares.

Len
Jan 21, 2008

Pouches, bandages, shoulderpad, cyber-eye...

Bitchin'!



yeah I eat rear end posted:

Since ted the caver was mentioned, another favorite of mine that was in the similar early-ish internet style was the Dianoaea house. The website isn't up anymore but it was a cool story and I still get "the door is open" scenes in my nightmares.

I know I've said it in other threads but you've got solid taste

https://creepypasta.fandom.com/wiki/The_Dionaea_House

https://ohdanigirl.livejournal.com/

http://dionaeahouse.blogspot.com/

https://loreenmathers.livejournal.com/

Edit: apparently someone made a horror short

https://screamfestla.com/2019/film/dionaea-house

Len has a new favorite as of 04:45 on Jan 21, 2021

yeah I eat ass
Mar 14, 2005

only people who enjoy my posting can replace this avatar

I really butchered the spelling of that one. But yeah, all the livejournal extensions at the time were so great. It's kind of unfortunate how now it would just be seen as some attempt at a viral marketing campaign.

Randalor
Sep 4, 2011






Speaking of modern found footage style content, I know the twitter TheSunVanished was a pretty good read through until I stopped following it because of the long delays I updates (understandable, just i kinda forgot it existed until this thread mentioned the Caver and Dionae House stories)

Otana
Jun 1, 2005

Let's go see what kind of trouble we can get into.


yeah I eat rear end posted:

I really butchered the spelling of that one. But yeah, all the livejournal extensions at the time were so great. It's kind of unfortunate how now it would just be seen as some attempt at a viral marketing campaign.

It was so cool at the time, I think it was the first story I'd ever seen that crossed multiple platforms. It was very obviously inspired by House of Leaves but it was a great homage.

Treguna Mekoides
Jun 17, 2008

A witch is always a lady except when circumstances dictate otherwise.

Not all found-footage is horror or spoof, as I think The Other Side Of The Wind showcases pretty well. It’s a weird watch despite being a “mockumentary” poking fun at the French New Wave while also showing how difficult Welles could be to work with.

The film is cobbled together from footage from Orson Welles’ last production. It was in development hell for over 40 years and when I saw it in ‘18, it was on Netflix. I think it’s worth it if you think you’d find it interesting.

I, of course, would pair it with They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, which is the making of flick about The Other Side of the Wind. It’s wild stuff!

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Puppy Time
Mar 1, 2005



Randalor posted:

Speaking of modern found footage style content, I know the twitter TheSunVanished was a pretty good read through until I stopped following it because of the long delays I updates (understandable, just i kinda forgot it existed until this thread mentioned the Caver and Dionae House stories)

Oh man I forgot about that one! It was pretty well done when I followed it- very good at telling the story without breaking the format or relying on bad exposition.

quote:

Poking around Youtube for more Local 58 style stuff I found Gemini Home Entertainment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyDvpwpRPM4

That in turn led me to the unrelated but also interesting Eventide Media Center:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiTvpTuuAh4

I had fun binging these last night. They have a lot of fun ideas, though it really bugs me that they don't really stick to their format idea and too often stray into regular horror movie territory. They're at their best when they're just weird and subtle. If you're hankering for more Local 58, or just like spoopy poo poo, these are a reasonably acceptable offering.

Puppy Time has a new favorite as of 15:56 on Jan 21, 2021

Phthisis
Apr 16, 2007

deliver me in a black-winged bird



I have a deep appreciation of the recent-ish Netflix movie, Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein.

It features David Harbour as "himself" (David Harbour III), investigating the life of his father (also played by David Harbour) centered around his performance in a televised stage play, titled Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein. It's hard to describe, but it's good imo and also only like 30 minutes long so whatever.

It really hits the sweet spot of being a mockumentary that could arguably pass as being a real documentary, but has just enough surrealism to make it questionable.

One of a Kind
May 18, 2009


I've always been fond of this mockumentary about Metalosis Maligna, a fictional disease caused by metal implants:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHtKMS1kjlo

And on a lighter note, The Centrifuge Brain Project, a satire involving unreasonably terrifying thrill rides:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVeHxUVkW4w

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

I'm meat on the hoof



If we're talking about mockumentaries, Christopher Guest's wonderful movies really stand out:
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Waiting for Guffman (1996)
Best in Show (2001, a favorite of mine)
A Mighty Wind (2003)
Mascots (2016)

My Lovely Horse
Aug 21, 2010




Possibly only adjacent to this topic, and I'm also sure it's already well known, but I've always loved Look Around You, a comedy show painstakingly imitating the look of 1980s educational TV and dryly presenting ludicrous ideas as scientific fact. There's a second season that switches gears to imitating popular science shows.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBaVwwuErmU

Randalor
Sep 4, 2011






While the second season isn't as good, I will give it props for the running gag the male host had running through the season.

DarklyDreaming
Apr 4, 2009

Welcome to Disney XD Everyone!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5iCF2Ltjlk

The WNUF Halloween Special Will always have a special place in my heart because of the ending.

Mister Kingdom
Dec 14, 2005

And the tears that fall
On the city wall
Will fade away
With the rays of morning light

Pigsfeet on Rye posted:

If we're talking about mockumentaries, Christopher Guest's wonderful movies really stand out:
This is Spinal Tap (1984)

You should check out Fear of a Black Hat. Basically Spinal Tap but for rap.

Puppy Time
Mar 1, 2005



BBC's Ghostwatch was the bomb. And terrified a whole bunch of people who thought it was real.

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

I'm meat on the hoof



Mister Kingdom posted:

You should check out Fear of a Black Hat. Basically Spinal Tap but for rap.

I'll have to look for it!

verbal enema
May 23, 2009

only marfans dot com


DarklyDreaming posted:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5iCF2Ltjlk

The WNUF Halloween Special Will always have a special place in my heart because of the ending.

Im still pissed off i spent so much time watching this

DreadUnknown
Nov 4, 2020


Pigsfeet on Rye posted:

I'll have to look for it!

Fear of a Black Hat is even more awesome if you have familiarity with hip hop and rap through the late 80s/early 90s, theres a ton of really good parody work in it.

Deep Glove Bruno
Sep 4, 2015

Feel the glove!


DreadUnknown posted:

Fear of a Black Hat is even more awesome if you have familiarity with hip hop and rap through the late 80s/early 90s, theres a ton of really good parody work in it.

The PM dawn parody that is entirely about making GBS threads, boogers etc. still kills me

when I doo-doo is my poo poo not brown? it's a universal thing, we all flush it down
when you wipe, do you look at the tissue? most folks do, it's not even an issue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Yjd1hLJSKg

Tomaquin
Sep 6, 2010


The Trial of Tim Heidecker is so deadpan it could almost be passed off as a real trial.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWotb3gci0A

Chip McFuck
Jul 24, 2007

We droppin' like a comet and this Vulcan tried to Spock it/These Martians tried to do it, but knew they couldn't cop it



The MacPherson Tape (aka Alien Abduction) is one I stumbled across recently and really enjoyed. Supposedly it's the first found footage film ever made. Kinda hokey and cheesy, but that just added to the charm for me.

IShallRiseAgain
Sep 12, 2008

Well ain't that precious?



Chip McFuck posted:

The MacPherson Tape (aka Alien Abduction) is one I stumbled across recently and really enjoyed. Supposedly it's the first found footage film ever made. Kinda hokey and cheesy, but that just added to the charm for me.

That's a good one, the problem is that the better cut of the film is hard to find.

Super Nintendo 64
Feb 18, 2012



Tomaquin posted:

The Trial of Tim Heidecker is so deadpan it could almost be passed off as a real trial.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWotb3gci0A

Super deadpan.
Anyone watched the full 8 hours?

Len
Jan 21, 2008

Pouches, bandages, shoulderpad, cyber-eye...

Bitchin'!



IShallRiseAgain posted:

That's a good one, the problem is that the better cut of the film is hard to find.

Somewhere at my dad's house is a VHS tape with the talking heads during the commercial breaks. I think, I doubt he's thrown any of them away but he may have

munce
Oct 22, 2010



Alternative 3
1977 BBC Science Report on the secret space program. Looks real and apparently fooled people when it first came out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmNFzBVKqyE

Super Nintendo 64
Feb 18, 2012



Dark Side of the Moon (2002) totally fooled me as a teenager. I believed it for a good 2 or 3 years.

Super Nintendo 64 has a new favorite as of 06:51 on Jan 27, 2021

My Lovely Horse
Aug 21, 2010




Eric Idle's The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash is another great one, presenting itself as a retrospective documentary on legendary Liverpool band the Rutles, a transparent take on the Beatles. It's crammed full of cameos and Beatles in-jokes, and they recorded a ton of "historic" concert and TV footage with cleverly composed songs. I've watched it so much over the years that I genuinely can't anymore because I know the timing of every upcoming joke.

twistedmentat
Nov 21, 2003

What's a war hero got to do to get some lubrication around here?



munce posted:

Alternative 3
1977 BBC Science Report on the secret space program. Looks real and apparently fooled people when it first came out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmNFzBVKqyE

It literally still is believed to be true by a lot of conspiracy nuts.

After This House Has People In It, my favorite Wham City series is Children of the Mirror. I'll just link the NIght Mind video on it because i can't seem to find the first few for some reason
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHQhddiJ_EM

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sticklefifer
Nov 11, 2003

TOO EASY

You can earn $20k a month by being your own boss. And that's not even the wildest part.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbfu39l0kxg

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