THE LOST FOOTAGE OF LEAH SULLIVAN (2018) Reviews and overview


‘Some cases should stay cold’

The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan is a 2019 American found-footage about the contents of an unedited memory card. The subject is Leah’s school project about the infamous Mulcahy Massacre.

Directed by Burt Grinstead from a screenplay co-written by Anna Stromberg (they both also star), based on a story by Grinstead and Rob Runyeon, the Blanket Fort Entertainment production also features David Nash, Maureen Keiller, Denise Walker, Jimmy Driscoll, and Matthew Pelieci.

A young journalism student decides to return to her hometown to investigate a brutal murder that took place 30 years prior. Without much hope of finding any real answers, she interviews a series of local characters, all of whom leave their own bewildering take on the legendary Mulcahy Murders in her student film.

As the facts unravel, she begins to realize that this cold case murder, may not be so cold after all.

Along with the help of the handsome deputy police officer, Patrick Rooke, she begins to uncover the horrifying truth of what really happened that night thirty years ago. As she gets closer to discovering the truth, she edges even closer to her own demise. Will her blind ambition overtake her desire to survive?


“Most found footage horror movies feel like they’re either terror inducing first person scream-a-thons or slow burn, atmospheric movies that send a shiver down your spine. Unfortunately, it’s the latter that I feel the movie fails to deliver.” BRWC

“The one thing that makes The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan work from the very beginning is the cast. Specifically, Anna Stromberg as Leah Sullivan. She is charming and sweet but also has a drive that I can only be impressed by. Also, a lack of fear that is dangerous, but hey, that’s what makes this movie so creepy to watch.” Heaven of Horror

“The impact of a small crew, a small cast, and a simple but effective concept really drove home that the found footage genre can be revitalized in the simplest yet most refreshing of ways. Lost Footage is an absolute must watch for anyone who (like me) finds themselves jaded and burnt out on horror full of jump scares and orchestra stabs.” Horror Buzz

“It can easily stand alongside some of the best the last couple of years have had to offer to the genre, less in-your-face visceral than Hell House, LLC, but with a mysterious mythology like that of Butterfly Kisses. In short, there’s more to be explored here.” Horror DNA

“A strong entry into the found footage genre from a director who understands the power of a black screen, the power of what you hear. Some jump scares have been done before but I’ll give them a pass as they still worked; the creep factor was well executed overall.” The Movie Waffler

“If you’re not a fan of found footage films this probably won’t do much to change that. The lack of extreme shaky cam and out of focus footage should make it easier to watch, however. If you are a fan of the genre, however, The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan should be right up your alley.” Voices from the Balcony


Having been shown at various festivals, the world theatrical premiere by Artist Rights Distribution is on Wednesday, December 11th 2019 in Los Angeles. The screening, which will be attended by cast and crew, is open to the public. Further theatrical screenings for Winter will be announced shortly. Buy tickets here

Cast and characters:

  • Anna Stromberg … Leah Sullivan
  • Burt Grinstead … Patrick Rooke
  • Denise Walker … Alice Sullivan
  • Jimmy Driscoll … Harold Noel
  • Maureen Keiller … Margaret Stromberg
  • David Nash … Creature
  • Matthew Pilieci … Ryan

Technical details:

87 minutes

New and future releases