During a virus-spawned zombie outbreak in England, three groups of survivors (including a TV news crew) document their gut-munching experiences with hand-held cameras. Although it was completed before similar POV zombie movie Diary of the Dead, The Zombie Diaries wasn't released in the US until after the more famous Romero film.
An enjoyable horror-comedy that plays like Spinal Tap for slasher fans, Brutal Massacre is the documentary of a washed-up B-movie director's attempt to make his big comeback with an incompetent cast and crew.
The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)
The titular tapes in this intense faux documentary are a collection of over 200 hours of videotape shot by a serial killer, found in a house in Poughkeepsie, New York.The bulk of the film consists of the footage he took of himself stalking, kidnapping, torturing and killing his victims . This grim, unsettling movie was to be released in the spring of 2009 but has yet to see the light of day beyond film festivals. Perhaps that's for the best.
In this smash hit from Spain that inspired the American remake Quarantine, a TV reporter and her cameraman document a local fire department's late-night activities, including an emergency call to an apartment building that turns out to be the site of a viral outbreak that turns the inhabitants into violent zombie-like creatures.
Under the Raven's Wing (2007)
A documentary filmmaker shooting the tale of three young women who've formed a twisted murder cult bites off more than he can chew and finds his fate intertwined with his subjects.
John moves to a small Arizona town and discovers that most of the residents are under the influence of a religious cult of masked weirdos who worship a god named Bryan. The story is told through John's camera as he attempts to document the cult's activities, as well as security cameras that show the inner workings of the Bryanites.
The biggest hit POV film since The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield purports to be "found" video footage of a giant creature attacking New York City. A young man videotaping a friend's going-away party documents their attempt to make it through the city to rescue a mutual friend trapped in a collapsed building.