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tisdag 27 februari 2018

FOUND (2012)

Directed by: Scott Schirmer
Written by: Scott Schirmer, Todd Rigney
Stars: Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck, Phyllis Munro... read more

Country: USA
Style: Drama | Thriller
Runtime: 1h 43min

Found is based on a short novel, written by Todd Rigney. It's a very emotional and brutal coming-of-age tale centers around a shy, bullied 5th grader named Marty and his life as a horror-obsessed teenager. In 2011 director Scott Schirmer (Harvest Lake, Plank Face) decided to make his own movie version out of it, and ever since the first time I watched it I've appointed Found to be one of the best made independent movies during this century and there are several reasons why it deserves a widespread reputation.

After finding a human head in his brother’s closet, Marty (Gavin Brown) fears for the safety of his family while making a desperate effort to reconnect with his brother Steve (Ethan Philbeck), whose homicidal cravings threaten to destroy life as Marty knows it. Since Marty loves horror movies and the macabre overall, he often borrows movies from his brother to watch with his only friend David (Alex Kogin) to get inspiration in a violent comic they are working on together. But lately something has been a bit off about Steve, he 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?

Found was made on a budget of $8.000 and has become critically condemned because of its bad actors. But honestly, the characters are so modest and honest that you'll relate to them in a truly gripping way. It's held together by a chilling soundtrack that allows the story to seamlessly flow together with all its components. The story teases your mind from the very beginning and slowly grabs your emotional center and firmly squeezes your brain to a meltdown. It has good potential and it's original, not just because of a crazy killer, but for something more developed and even deeper in its social context.

I hope more people experiences this movie, because the heart of the drama is what needs to be exposed since the true nightmare of this is the fact that it could very well be happening in your own 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 put your head in racism and bullying at the same time; what's the amount out of that? Very close to our reality and how we look at it today. It's a difficult moral and ambiguous story - a horror movie with contemporary cultural social commentary.

If this review isn't enough to make this well defined nightmare affective, there's an element in the movie that forces you as a viewer to test your limits of what's acceptable horror. It's about a question that people have argued for quite some time; does horror movies make youths to maniacs? This is the first time I've seen that subject matter carefully dealt with it in our horror industry in such an honest manner while taking you into some of the most sickest and twisted areas of shock/horror cinema.

To justify this review in a fair way; no matter how you categorize Found, it attains the somewhat quite unusual that you rarely find in regular movies. It remains in your skull and several days later you realize that you still thinking about it. It has done something with me that few movies have succeeded to do, it has reverse my thinking of how I define horror and I think that's a good sign.

My rating: 4 out of 5


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
Language: English
Color: Color

DistributorMonster Pictures


Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. French Canadian weirdo, lives in the past, afraid of the future, but curious about what to come. Beginner in extreme horror and visual arthouse, and finds it exciting to discover the world down under. Growed in the 80's and discovered cheesy classics, among others John Carpenter, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, Stuart Gordon. Live for electro, rock and metal music and have a long story full of concert memories. This is the first time he takes the interest in writing about what he is experiencing.