There's been a lot of buzz lately about the indie coming-of-age/horror film Found. It certainly stands out as one of the most bizarre stories about growing up ever put to film.
Read the synopsis for yourself courtesy of IMDB:
Based on the novel by Todd Rigney, "Found" centers around Marty, a shy, bullied fifth-grader who takes refuge in horror films... until his life turns into one. After finding a human head in his brother's closet, Marty fears for the safety of his family while making a desperate effort to reconnect with Steve, the big brother whose homicidal cravings threaten to destroy life as Marty knows it.
The crackle from this film comes not only from the shocking plot line, but from some of the shocking imagery that include scenes of:
torture, decapitations and sexual acts with heads.
While that's enough for most horror fans to clamor and watch it. Even I had to ask the question: does this film go too far?
I always advocate creative freedom, but is showing a child in such a horrific situation necessary for nothing more than entertainment value? After all, that's all movies are really worth any ways.
The film is considered so gruesome that is now banned in Australia. Not that it's going to stop anyone from watching it of course.
I also have to wonder: what kind of parent lets their kid be in a movie like this?
As of writing this article I have not seen the movie yet, and I'm certainly not judging anyone who will or has. The horror genre is infamous for pushing the limits, I'm just not sure this is one I'm willing to go over the edge for.
Psychological horror is my favorite genre however so...never say never....
Found is due to be released on i-tunes and VOD August 15th.
Will you be seeing this nightmarish story about growing up? Sound off in the comments!