FOUND (2012)

Written by: Greigh Johanson.

I have personally appointed this work to one of the world's best independent films ever made and there are several reasons why this film deserves a widespread reputation. For no matter how you categorize Found, it attains the somewhat quite unusual that you very rarely find in regular movies nowadays. It remains in your skull and several days later you realize that you still thinking about it. It's a difficult moral and ambiguous story - a horror film with contemporary cultural social commentary. It has done something with me that few films have succeeded to earlier, it has reverse my thinking of how I define horror.

This is an emotional coming-of-age movie about a horror-obsessed boy who discovers his older brother is a serial killer. It's based on the novel with same name, written by Todd Rigney and in 2011 the director Scott Schirmer decided to make a film version of it. It all centers around Marty, a shy, bullied fifth-grader who takes refuge in horror films… until his life turns into one. After finding a human head in his brother’s closet, Marty fears for the safety of his family while making a desperate effort to reconnect with Steve, the big brother whose homicidal cravings threaten to destroy life as Marty knows it.

Marty just loves horror movies and the macabre overall. He often borrows movies from his brother to watch with his only friend David. They are also working on a violent comic together. But lately something has been a bit off about his brother, and upon further investigation he finds evidence that points to his brother Steve being a serial killer. Steve has been acting really strange, and more often than not with an attitude as of late. Where did this personality of his come from, and what will it lead to? After finding the tape "Headless" in Steve's room (a tape that had disappeared from the local video rental shop) he watches it with his friend and can't stop thinking about his brother doing the awful things that the maniac on this tape is doing.

Found was made on a budget of $8.000 and has become critically condemned because of its bad actor. But honestly, the characters are so modest and honest that you'll relate to them in a truly gripping way. It has good potential and it's original, not only for a plain slayer, but for something more developed and even deep. The story plays with you completely from the very beginning and slowly grabs your emotional center and firmly squeezes you. It will pushing you to the very edge of tense anguish as felt through the eyes and mind of a child.

The film is held together by a chilling soundtrack that allows the story with all it's components to flow seamlessly. Quite frankly I hope more people than just the horror community experiences this film because although the visuals are graphic the heart of the drama is one that needs to be exposed because the true nightmare of this film is the fact that it could very well be happening in your neighborhood or more disturbingly; in your very home. It exposes the twisted nature of misguided youth forced to face life with very few answers and nearly absent representation. Then simultaneously placing you head first into racism and bullying.

Much of the film's violence is based on a psychological dispute in the style of Michael Haneke's "Funny Games" and what struck me the most is how the Australian release of Found could be cut and what was it that actually got cut away? Most of the violence partly appears in the recorded "Headless" cassette Marty finds in his brother's movie collection. I find it very ridiculous if there are some details from that particular sequence, because if so, much of the film's inner birth disappears.

If this review wasn't enough to make this well defined nightmare affective there is an added element that forces you as a viewer to test your limit of what is acceptable horror. It is a question that people have argued for quite some time- are horror films warping young people? This is truly the first time that I have seen that subject matter carefully and poignantly dealt with in the horror industry in such an honest manner while taking you into some of the most sickest and twisted areas of shock/horror cinema.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Directed by: Scott Schirmer
Written by: Todd Rigney, Scott Schirmer
Produced by: Shane Beasley, Arthur Cullipher, Leya Taylor, Damien Wesner, Scott Schirmer
Cinematography by: Leya Taylor
Editing by: Scott Schirmer
Special Effects by: Shane Beasley, Kirk Chastain,
Arthur Cullipher, Leya Taylor

Music by: Mike Anderson, Carmelita Jehoh,
Aaron Marshall,  Bing Satellites, Lito Velasco,
Greg Wright, Matt Zink

Cast: Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck, Phyllis Munro, Louie Lawless, Alex Kogin, Andy Alphonse, Shane Beasley,
Year: 2012
Country: USA
Language: English 
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 43min

Distributor: Forbidden Films/ Monster Pictures