For the folks who’ve had it up to here with treacly tributes to the magic of moviemaking, we’ve put together a series about the menace of moviemaking—films in which camera crews find themselves implicated in the unsavory acts that they’re recording, and even run the risk of becoming part of a gruesome spectacle themselves. No dry dissertations on the ethics of nonfiction filmmaking here, just some harrowing handheld cautionary tales about the dangers of sticking your lens where it doesn’t belong, including bleak Belgian mockumentary Man Bites Dog, Oliver Stone’s media-saturation satire Natural Born Killers, and the movie that launched a new cycle of found-footage horror, The Blair Witch Project.  

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