Friday, September 5, 2014

FOUND (Xlrator DVD) - Nostalgia Trip #69 - The Blood, The Family, The Video Store

Found was selling for something like $200 for early discs that were released before Xlrator picked it up to put on its Macabre label. Now it's out and affordable and everyone has the chance to enjoy it on DVD. Just the fact that the release would garner a price tag of that caliber must have you curious. If you haven't had the chance to check out the VOD yet, this is a great opportunity to see how Found was made and what independent cinema can look like when time is taken and a filmmaker works with his parameters showing restraint or rather understanding his boundaries. 

I love this goddamn movie. I want you to see it. You really don't need to read this review to know that, but let me give you the short and skinny of why you should simply buy the release as opposed to VODing it, gasp, pirating (you scruvy fucking dog). 
The movie is dings the nostalgia button over and over again. As a young horror fan, growing up with video store culture and horror posters from classic 80's movies all over my wall, Found sets up the perfect habitat for your memories. You'll be familiar with the tapes on the shelf in the video store in the movie, and the newly created short films that you will be privy to will take you back to Violent Shit and other German gore pictures. If you aren't feeling something for the lead kid in the movie than you may have been born post-VHS boom and or post-video store culture in which case, it was fucking great. Watch Adjust Your Tracking or Rewind This and search out the illustrious Johnny Dickie to tell you why you need to own some Mylar. 

There's plenty of disturbing moments from violent sexual horror to splatter to sexual strangeness (none to be spoiled here). This will tickle your upset trigger, but in an entertaining way. You wont necessarily leave Found like you left A Serbian Film. 

Great casting especially for an inexperienced troop of actors who really go above and beyond what I have seen in 99% of independent horror releases of its budget (apparently made for less than $8k).

The release has a great commentary that is a must listen for indie filmmakers trying to understand how the process of making a movie works and how to stick with it even in the face of adversity. You also get the full releases (shorts) of Headless, which is being turned into a full length movie, and Deep Dwellers. These are the two movies shown within the movie that feature superior late 80's stylings and plenty of violent fun. 

Order your copy now, available September 23rd. AVAILABLE HERE

SYNOPSIS: Marty 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 is a serial killer! Brotherly love is put to the ultimate test in this emotional coming-of-age story that descends into unspeakable horror.

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