A year or two ago I stumbled upon a little teaser trailer for an indie flick entitled Found from director Scott Schirmer, and while it was only, say, 30-seconds in length, it left a lasting impression on me that could not be shaken off. Perhaps this was fate that this trailer appeared before my eyes, but what ever the reason, I was hooked. So when the opportunity finally came, I jumped up like a giddy little kid in a candy store for what treats I would find in Found, and, man, this sucker didn’t let up for one second.
The film revolves around a young boy named Marty (Gavin Brown), who is a huge horror nut much like his older brother Steve (Ethan Philbeck), and as you can imagine, being a young horror fan and being in school can bring some stigma, its basically the same as being a fan of metal, but you’re always being judged and picked on, and this is the case for young Marty.
So with the horrors of school life, he has an escape, and that escape is horror films, his room, much like is elder brother’s room, is filled to the brim with classic posters (go see how many iconic films you can spot), but unlike Marty, his older brother Steve has a deep dark secret which Marty stumbles upon while sneaking into his older brother’s bedroom one night.
During his searching, he stumbles upon a bowling bag and from here on out the film takes a deep dark turn, a severed head is found, but, instead of being disgusted, Marty, is somewhat fascinated and often returns to the room to take a glimpse of this ‘possession’.
With this in place and the foundation now set up, the film moves along at a steady rate while throwing in some truly awesome carnage and an eerie feeling is always in the background. While the film itself is a horror flick, it is also a much more coming-of-age story, as we follow Marty, make certain choices throughout his young life as he watches some things that in turn, changes his life for ever.
As a horror fan I hate having anything spoiled, so I will save any spoilers, but, the full is a full-on bloodbath, the violence is brutal and dare I say it, artistic in parts. Yeah, I’m a gorehound at heart, but there is something truly unique and fascinating regarding the kill. So if you’re looking for something utterly brutal which still has a heart, Found is definitely the one for you.
Schirmer did a fantastic job at not only directing this one, but for finding the talent to pull it off, as, without some of these performances I don’t think the film would have had the same effect as it does, and Philbeck, is utterly fascinating as we watch his character descend into the realms of madness. just wait until you get to the part where Marty and his friend David (Alex Kogin), begin to watch a night of horror flicks. It is off the freakin’ hook and definitely the stand out moment for me, one scene in particular clinched the deal.
Also, I must give praise to the artist Lowell Isaac, who crafted the awesome title sequence which will leave you all in awe, trust me, the title sequence could be its own film itself its that good.
As you can probably tell, I absolutely love Found, but I’m struggling to find anyone else that has seen it, this is definitely one of the hidden gems of 2012 and a true contender for the best horror film of 2012, yep, I did just go there.
So if you’re fed up with all the rubbish that Hollywood continues to churn out, give a little indie flick by Scott Schirmer a shot, I can almost guarantee that you will love it as much as I did, so if you see this one playing in a festival near you, go see this, I mean it. Found is stunning, a absolutely breathtaking piece of art which will grab you, pull you in and keep you there under its grotesque and bloody wing and will not let up, until the final few seconds.
Found is perfectly titled, I found this little gem, now I hope you guys will too.