A brief history of found-footage genre films
By Patrick Kevin Day, Nate Jackson, Lily Mihalik and Jevon Phillips
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'Cloverfield' (2008)( Paramount Pictures )
The plot:What begins as a flirtatious night out ends with the demolition of New York City. "Cloverfield" follows five New Yorkers as they struggle to survive the wrath of a gargantuan snaggle-toothed monster attacking the city.
What goes bump in the night:An amphibious creature with a penchant for destruction.
How the footage was found:The Department of Defense recovers the footage at U.S. incident site 447, the area formerly known as Central Park.