By Christine Caprilozzi , Sr. Editor
Horror News Networkâ€™s â€œFoundâ€ Review
Marty is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn’t start trouble in class. However, 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 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.
â€œFound,â€ based on a story written by Todd Rigney and brought to life by director Scott Schirmer, is a movie that will move you in many different ways. While watching the film I felt sadness, rage, disgust, and absolute fear. Schirmer guides us through this incredible journey through the eyes of a 12 year old boy named Marty, who also narrates the story. Marty has quite a bit on his plate. Besides family dysfunction at home, constant bullying and ass-kickings at school, he bears the secret that his brother is beheading people. Gavin Brown, who plays Marty, gives an absolutely phenomenal performance as this young boy on an emotionally wretched journey. With his performance, Rigneyâ€™s story, and Shirmerâ€™s direction, the audience is completely drawn in. The viewer actually cares about young Marty, feeling his pain, and fearing for what is to become of him.
Ethan Philbeck also gives a standout performance as Steve, Martyâ€™s older and completely psychotic brother. Unlike a lot of killers in the genre, Steve shows bright spots of humanity, yet completely numb to his victims.
This roller coaster of a movie features some extremely sinister gore. It also makes you think profoundly about of the effects of bullying and the environment in which kids are raised, and how it all affects their psyche. This scenario culminates into a finale that is shocking, twisted and honestlyâ€¦very disturbing. â€œFoundâ€ will no doubt suck you in and leave a deep impression. Kudos to Scott Schirmer for creating a well made, story driven horror film on a budget of $8000. If you get the chance to catch this one, do so.