Movie Review: “Found.”

I’ve always been criticized by my family members because of my taste in films. For example, I thoroughly enjoy Full Moon Features and older horror films, and when I say older, I usually mean all the way as far back as the 1930s. This is the curse that I live with, I suppose. I love horror, and I have ever since I was a child. In-fact, I was Freddy Krueger for Halloween one year. The trouble with this comes when I am asked the reason why I like some of the films that I do. If I were asked about Full Moon Features, for example, I would say that I enjoy the B-movie quality they have to offer. They have a certain whimsical storytelling, and whether it’s wholesome or not is irrelevant, I enjoy them. There’s a similar feeling with certain older horror films, in-particular, I absolutely love slasher films. I enjoy when a film franchise builds itself around the antagonist, and I especially love it when that villain is like ChuckyPennywise, or Freddy Krueger.

I remember talking to my friend before I watched this film, and we were talking about how a good indie horror film is one in a million. Every one good low-budget horror film is followed by a billion-and-one terrible ones. Similar to mainstream horror, but on a much more spacious scale. I wondered whether or not it was a waste of time, but after watching this film, I realized why I do it. The feeling of watching a film like this, just stumbling upon it, in a heap of other films, it’s one of the most satisfying experiences that one could ask for.

Found is a 2012 horror film written and directed by Scott Schirmer. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Todd Rigney.

If I were to tell you what this film is about, I don’t think that I could offer you more than a generic summary, and for what it’s worth, I think that’s the best approach for any movie review. The film offers a certain coming-of-age outline for the main-protagonist, a small boy named Marty, but it immediately takes a sadistic turn when it is revealed that his older brother is a serial-killer. The film practically glazes over it with a sadistic wink, as if the decapitated head in the bowling bag is no different than if they were Playboys. Meanwhile, a lot of the story is actually about Marty growing up, dealing with bullies, what he’s interested in, and the discovery that, albeit a little rough around the edges, his brother seems alright. I mean, he takes an interest in his brother, seems nice and like he genuinely cares for him, but of course, there’s the fact that he kills people.

The film is gleefully entertaining at the beginning, the acting is fine and well delivered, and there is some entertaining scenes to appreciate. Like I said, the film comes off more as a coming-of-age film more than it does a horror. The characters are well-built, and dammit, I can’t help but find myself relating to Marty’s horror obsessions. The film feels almost like a nostalgic trip in the first half, until diverting into one of the most surprisingly disturbing final acts that I have seen in a long time. I don’t mean surprisingly disturbing as in, it’s so disturbing it’s surprising, but I mean that I was just surprised because it came out of nowhere.

The film’s final half might be the most memorable, and it might be the surprise of it all, but there’s some honest dark imagery in there that I really wasn’t expecting. Before this, my friend and I hadn’t even heard of the film, but it seemed like something that should’ve at least had some sort of a cult-following. I mean, the film’s low-budget and all that they did with it, and how ghastly and memorable it was for me the first time viewing it, the film is definitely one of the best independent horror films that I have seen in a while. (Albeit, the film came out in 2012.)

I would definitely recommend watching this film if you have the opportunity. I think it’s just an example of why I watch independent horror films, they take it to demented routes that you simply don’t expect to see. The film isn’t without some moments that might be a little iffy, but I think the good definitely outweighs the bad here.

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