Found – USA, 2012

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‘Marty loved horror movies… Until his life turned into one.’

Found – stylized as found. – is a 2012 American horror film written and directed by Scott Schirmer on a $8,000 budget and starring Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck, Phyllis Munro and Louie Lawless. It is based on the novel of the same name by Todd Rigney.

 

Marty is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn’t start trouble in class. But a darkness is beginning to fall over Marty’s life. The kids at school won’t stop picking on him, his parents just don’t seem to understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it — his big brother is a serial killer!

Brotherly love is put to the ultimate test in this emotional coming-of-age story that descends into full-blown horror…

In the UK, it was passed ’18’ for strong bloody violence, sexualised violence, gory images after 4 seconds of BBFC compulsory cuts. See more at Melon Farmers where suspicions are raised that the UK release may be a pre-cut version. The US DVD is uncut.

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 Buy found. uncut on DVD: Amazon.com

Reviews

“Scott Schirmer’s Found is an amazing modern horror classic that wears its influences on its sleeve. Found is psychological horror that lulls you into one train of thought, then smashes all of your senses with the completely shocking and horrific climax that you will be talking about with your friends for ages.” Cinesploitation

“Overall Found is a truly original horror film. Pulled off with a super low budget, Found is a real achievement. It’s shockingly dark and violent but it goes places rooted in real emotions and characters. I can’t wait to see what Schirmer does next.” Dark of the Matinee

 

“The acting is stilted and stiff, making for an oddly incongruent tenor to the spirit of a film that borders of self-parody (this would be miles more enjoyable if it was). It’s hard to fully appreciate the gravity of the subject matter when the lackluster dialogue and delivery mostly nulls the effect (i.e. the film’s many slurs, which attempt to add an edge to the storytelling, come off as dulled and weak).” Sound on Sight

 

“It’s this pandering to the lowest common denominator and curious support for the need for censorship that prevents Found from being great. Coming smack in the centre of the film, it unbalances everything else. A pity, because everything else is genuinely thought provoking, impressive and unsettling slice of arthouse horror. I still recommend checking this out – just be ready to start shouting at the screen at certain points.” David Flint, The Reprobate

Trivia:

The October People picked up the distribution rights in 2014 after the movie was positively received at various film festivals.

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