The latest addition to the found footage genre is “Late Night With the Devil.” Clearly inspired by the British classic “Ghostwatch,” the film by brothers Cameron and Colin Cairnes, an Australian duo working in independent horror for the past decade, does exactly what its title indicates – no more, no less.

Found footage, as a subgenre, has a series of already familiar crutches. For example, those scenes where characters inexplicably keep filming to convey important information to the audience, defying all common sense. Here, since much of the film revolves around a supposed recording of a 1970s talk show, the filmmakers need to create the artifice of a backstage camera recording everything during commercial breaks. It’s silly, but it works. We buy into it and move on.

The problem is that, just like in “Ghostwatch,” where a TV program airs a Halloween special that ends up serving as a conduit for supernatural appearances, the action takes a while to get going. When things finally heat up, the Cairnes brothers show their love for the genre with some of the most entertaining practical effects. The result is not scary per se; it leans more towards the playful.

However, there’s nothing truly unmissable here. In “Ghostwatch,” even if it takes a while to get going, at least some good scares happen once the paranormal investigation gets underway. “Late Night With the Devil,” on the other hand, is too trapped in the gears of its own genre, constrained by the limits of the artifice it sets for itself, while failing to create imaginative enough scenarios from its premise.