The signal-to-noise ratio among “scary” stories and videos found online isn’t great, but the few standouts are always worth the trouble. If you have an affinity for “Blair Witch”–inspired found footage, “The Cop Cam” may be the short horror film for you.
Shot entirely from the first-person perspective, with a police officer’s gun appearing as it would in a video game, the the two-minute video centers around a cop responding to a disturbance call at a spooky, seemingly abandoned house. His radio cuts in and out throughout, sometimes to the point of abstraction. The home he’s entered isn’t entirely empty, of course, and what he finds isn’t at all what he was expecting.
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Short-form work like this is becoming ever more prominent as resources become less expensive and more readily available. “The Cop Cam” comes from Isaac Rodriguez and No Sleep, who also made a short called “Face Swap” last month. They specialize in this sort of material, of which there’s more to be found on their YouTube channel.