I have been aware of the existence of this movie for quite some time. I started doing this website, covering independent horror almost exclusively. And, while I love indie movies, most of the reason that was my focus, was because it’s a lot easier to get an indie filmmaker to send you their film for coverage, than it is to get product from the big studios. I have witnessed some remarkable indie horror over the years, but I have seen some pure garbage as well. The most prolific sin of the indie horror industry, is that the main focus is almost always the special effects. And don’t get me wrong, I love some practical effects, but if it’s not sandwiched in-between good photography, effective lighting, and professional performances from your actors, the impact is severely limited. I say this, because I want you to understand why I was apprehensive to watch Found at first. Thankfully, I was in the mood for something different last night, so I got myself in the proper mindset, and popped in XLRator Media’s upcoming DVD release of the film. You can pre-order your copy by clicking here, but in the meantime, allow me to share some thoughts on this spectacular independent horror film.
From The Press Release:
Marty (Gavin Brown) 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 (Ethan Philbeck) 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.
At no point throughout the duration of found was I taken out of the story by what I would deem “bad” acting. I actually found(huhuh) everyone’s performance to be quite convincing. There are definitely degrees of bad acting. Some films border unwatchable because of this very thing. The fact that Writer/Director Scott Schirmer and his team were able to put together such an impressive final product on a budget of (around) $8K, is the very reason studios look towards indie filmmakers to recruit talent for their upcoming megabusters. The last time a film with such a humble budget impressed me this much, was Jeremy Gardner’s The Battery last year. And that is being released by Scream Factory this month. I know that XLRATOR now owns the US distribution rights to the film, but I can’t help but fantasize about a company like Scream Factory purchasing the rights, and giving us the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray that the film deserves.
Found presents its grisly, haunting tale like any professionally made film would. The acting, though by actors that are almost entirely unknown, is beyond that with which we have come to expect. The way in which the film was shot, gives the film a look that far surpasses the budget with which it was made($8,000). I know that some of you that aren’t used to low budget films are going to scoff at that number, and automatically assume that Found isn’t for you, but if I’ve ever made a recommendation to you that turned out to be a winner, take my advice and give Found a chance anyway. Though the ‘action’ portion of the film is certainly a slow-going affair, the film amps up its creepy and disturbing nature early on, and it only gets more disturbing from there. Rather than focusing on the serial killer, the story focuses on the killer’s little brother, who happens to be obsessed with horror movies. If there’s anything Found does well, other than put the viewer in a dark, uncomfortable place, it’s kick us square in the nostalgia. Most of us grew up like this, counting the minutes until you can browse the shelves and take home a few tapes. That type of relatability causes you to form an even stronger relationship with the character, which makes the seemingly-imminent doom even more effective.
Found will finally come to DVD on the 23rd of this month, from XLRATOR MEDIA. If you’re looking for something a little different, or something that will disturb you to your core, and sit with you long after the last scene, consider picking the disc up. I strongly believe that Found will find itself sitting somewhere on my best-of-the-year list. I’ll probably watch it another time or two between now and then, as it has tremendous replay value. If you’ve never seen an independent film in your life, I could see having a tough time with it until it picks up, but for veterans of the genre, I expect all of you to love it.
- - Great independent horror movie
- - Extras, including short films
- - No Blu-ray