version of The Blair Witch Project
, Lost Tapes
is a Mockumentary
series which asks "What If?
there really are
monsters like Bigfoot, the Chupacabra and other beasties out there?" Each episode starts with a disclaimer pointing out that it's merely "inspired by the possibility that hidden creatures exist
". Normally the monsters aren't actually shown, save for glimpses of Conspicuous CG
, Props or Costumes. To justify its airing on Animal Planet
, the series laces its footage with factoids about real animals supposedly related to the featured monster. Sometimes in an attempt to lend an air of plausibility to the scenario, other times the factoids end up being scarier
than the film.
Currently the series is aired back to back, with two half-hour episodes strung together, and has received a budget upgrade (or at least, a heavier reliance on practical FX).
The FX still look mildly silly at their best, but it can be effective on rare occasions. It helps that most of the People in Rubber Suits
effects are hidden by the shaky camera work.
This series has examples of: