Date: 2012-01-30 07:18 pm (UTC)

I'd make a distinction between Blair Witch, Cloverfield and Lake Mungo, particularly in terms of narrative structure:

Agreed. In that we get the "straight-up" documentary, instead of the found-footage documentary. But I'd still call it part of the same phenomenon.

I also love the time-distortion or dimension loop element of it

Yes. Because, for me, if there's any non-psychological element to actual hauntings, it has nothing to do with restless "spirits," but "weak spots" in time.

The question, however, is always how did someone get hold of this footage, were they involved in making it, and who edited it?

Which, in a way, gets back to the "Why are you telling this and to whom?" problem I have with first-person narratives that don't explain that question.
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