BluRay/DVD Reviews


By • Nov 15th, 2014 •

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I found FOUND on the bottom shelf of a retailer that is notorious for altering artists’ releases in the name of their high and mighty religious beliefs acting as self-appointed morality police for the benefit of their consumers. Shockingly, this title was in stock since the censoring committee was fully engaged in placing a graphic over the letter “e” on the DVD release of SEX TAPE to shield such a dirty word from their consumers.

If they only knew what was in the box with the man wearing a gas mask on the cover.

FOUND is a suburban tale of bullying vengeance, skewed brotherly love, and parental disconnect. Set in a time when video stores existed, affixing a ‘be kind rewind” label on the sub-standard VHS format cassette, the young Marty is a nosy harmless pacifist with a desire to draw comics and watch horror films.

The viewer learns of Steve as Marty crosses the boundary and enters his brother’s bedroom without permission when nobody else is home to rummage through his brother’s closet, retrieving a bowling ball bag to reveal a severed head. It’s in the Voice Over that Marty expresses his thoughts and fears about his brother.

Something is wrong with Steve who should lie as medical waste in a dump as an aborted fetus. He’s the sour in a patch of family sweetness. Mother, father, and son number two seem to get along fine. The older brother battles with his father and ignores his mother. Typical teenage outbursts from a kid in his room with bongs, bottles of alcohol, and dirty socks may be the norm. The decapitations are not.

After victimized from an assault and taunting at school, Marty’s mother gives him the next day off followed by pizza and a trip to the video store for his much beloved horror films. To his dismay, only an empty box to the film HEADLESS remains. HEADLESS is the movie within the movie. It’s a gruesome butchering, raping and cannibalizing of women. After snooping in his brother’s room once again, he rejoices to find the stolen tape in his brother’s collection and questions if this film was the catalyst for his brother’s grim head reaping hobby.

Posters of music and movies hang in both brothers’ rooms. These illustrate the ridiculous popular belief of that day that music such as heavy metal caused good little boys and girls listening to their Sony Walkmans to absorb subliminal messages and act out murderously in the name of Satan. One such poster is of Iron Maiden’s mascot Eddie whose sinister image, upon sight, probably invoked prayer in these people.

Horror movies also caused a shudder among groups and played a pivotal role in fueling loud screams that the “monkey see monkey do” theory was in effect since the average deranged individual watching the genre at home and in theaters became a menace to society. On the back of Marty’s bedroom door is a poster to a film that stirred the pot of controversy, STREET TRASH; written and produced by FILMS IN REVIEW’s owner and editor, Roy Frumkes.

Just how much music and how many movies did Steve submit himself to and then capitulate his soul? Steve is a big brother with a big heart for Marty, and with an insane hatred towards everyone else. Steve insists that his final act was done for the benefit of his younger sibling, only to be understood by him when he comes of age.

Supporters of Indie film and horror should go out and buy Scott Schirmer’s movie. It’s a low budget production that is demonstrative of what can be done rather well on a shoe-string budget. Sure, there are a few issues, yet these can be easily overlooked. If you degust the disgust of carnage, FOUND is for you.

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