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DVD review: Found (2012)

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Sometimes it just takes a little bit of time for a movie to gain that elusive bit of recognition that will push it towards the forefront of its class, and that example surely applies to director Scott Schirmer's bloody-fantastic Found.

Originally filmed in 2012 and forced to languish in darkness for the past 2 years outside of some film festivals, the movie has finally picked up distribution rights from The October People and will hit the DVD market on September 23rd. The movie has some deep-seeded social issues that are put on a boil and brought to the surface for all that dare to lay eyes upon the film. The story revolves around Marty (Gavin Brown), an everyday fifth-grader that couldn't be any more atypical if you carved him from stone: he gets good grades, minds his business in school, hangs out with his (only) friend, draws his own comics and digs horror movies. Marty's only problem is the constant bullying that he faces inside the school walls - he's relentlessly picked on by his classmates, and let's face it..Marty NEVER stands up for himself, painting an even bigger bullseye on his back.

The similarity at home is that he's picked on there as well, but in a different way: his doting mother (Phyllis Munro) still babies him to no end - keeping him out of school after particularly tough days and smothering him in those overbearing ways that make some kids just want to break free. His father (Louie Lawless) acts in the opposite: while not a tyrant, he does rule the house with an iron fist, and he's not afraid to use it - and most of the time he is spent policing Marty's older brother Steve (Ethan Philbeck)...and we'll get to HIS story soon enough. Young Marty continues to trod along in life, refusing to show some resistance to those that torment him, and it's even costing him his relationship with his best friend, who doesn't want to be around Marty anymore, due to torment by association.

However, Marty's biggest concern isn't the skeletons in his closet, it's the head in his brother's bowling bag that's the issue....yep, Marty's brother is a serial killer, and it's a topic that little brother is sworn to keep. Steve acts like the normal older brother: he lets Marty borrow his horror movies, gets pissed when he catches him in his room without asking, and vows to protect him from all harm..in any fashion. You see, Steve is a mirror-image of Marty, just in later years - all the symptoms are there to see with your own eyes: he's obviously been bullied in his life, by students and parents alike, and he now is manifesting that anger into murderous fashion...even going so far as to solve Marty's bullying problem by bloody force.

We witness a multitude of hot-button issues at play here: racism, domestic abuse, bullying and sexual assault - they all come into play at varying points in the movie, and some are easier to stomach than others, but all equally disturbing in fashion. The gore is plentiful (however has a very substandard look to it,) but should be adequate to please the violence-seekers. The performances are stiff and rudimentary, but you shouldn't get too hung up on these, as you'll most likely be entrenched in the moments as I was, waiting to see what each new day was going to present to young Marty. In the end, we've got quite the stylized horror film here, and whereas you won't find any jump-scares, the real horror is in the realism of the subject matter - you'd never know if HALF of this stuff is going on behind closed doors, and that is frightening in itself.

The movie looks lively on DVD, with the blood coming at you in a crimson tidal wave that literally leaks out of your TV onto the floor, and with a nice unrated version to fixate upon, you'll burst at the seams when the violence comes to your front door. Added to which is a nice collection of special features including audio commentaries with director Scott Schirmer and the film's writers, and BOTH uncut short films Deep Dwellers and Headless- so do yourself a favor - on September 23rd if this DVD pops up at your favorite electronics store, pick it up, because anyway you slice it, this is one horror movie that must be "Found".

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Updated 08-30-2014 at 04:52 AM by bronxtko

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