Shocking news is coming out of California today as legendary comedian Robin Williams has passed on at the age of 63. A pop culture icon in every conceivable way, Williams will forever be remembered for the millions of laughs he brought to the world... but there were a couple of screams as well.
In addition to his comedic stylings Williams never starred in a true horror movie, but he did flirt with the genre for sure in movies like Dead Again, Insomnia, and One Hour Photo that latter of which was absolutely chilling.
Suicide is suspected but as of yet unconfirmed.
“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late," his publicist said in a statement. "This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Williams was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor three times and took home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 1997’s Good Will Hunting.
At this time we here at Dread Central would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Robin's friends, family, and constituents. Thank you for all of the laughs and smiles you've given the world, Robin. It's a true shame that the world couldn't do the same for you. Hopefully now you have found peace. God bless you.
Ahead of its debut at Gamescom later this week, Deep Silver has released the first ever gameplay footage from Dead Island 2, which is now in the hands of Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager. The trailer really drives home the new direction, which is set firmly in over-the-top action and carnage, both of which can be unleashed with the game’s assortment of crazy weaponry. I’m really digging this, it looks like this series has finally found an area where it shines.
Dead Island 2 is scheduled to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in early 2015.
Tragic news has hit the web as it’s being reported that Oscar-winning actor/comedian Robin Williams has passed away at the age of 63. There is no cause of death being reported, although a message from his publicist hints that it may have been suicide.
Williams’ publicist has stated:
Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.
Williams’ career has spanned nearly four decades, with appearances in film and TV as well as live comedy shows. He was known to horror fans for his roles in 2002′s One Hour Photo and Insomnia.
A .PDF posted by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division has been found and corroborates the news. It can be viewed here.
We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends in this terrible time of loss.
Over the last few weeks, Sony has been teasing a game that is almost definitely Supermassive Games’ long dormant teen slasher game Until Dawn. With the latest teaser, titled “Watch Horror Reinvented”, Sony has gone from ominous teasing to making bold promises.
Hopefully they can deliver.
We’ll find out when the game is revealed tomorrow, August 12, at 18:00 BST (10am PST / 1pm EST).
With Gamescom just around the corner, Deep Silver has released a fresh batch of screenshots from the upcoming Yager-developed Dead Island 2. The game looks colorful and the zombies look super nasty, so I’m on board. Seriously, the detail in the faces is just fantastic, it really makes me want to take a boat propeller to those glassy, dead eyes. How about you?
The cybernetic super criminal is back and in Mortal Kombat X, and he’s deadlier than ever. A brand new reveal trailer just surfaced one day ahead of Gamescom, and it brings fans an old school favorite. Kano is back.
The trailer shows Nether Realm’s new re-imagining of Kano in a fist-on-fist banquet of brutality with one of the game’s new characters, D’vorah, and this latest sneak peek gives gamers a brief glimpse into Kano’s three fighting styles:
- With "Cutthroat" Kano uses his cybernetic heart to power massive attacks with two blades fat enough to give Jason knife envy.
- "Cybernetic" style lets Kano use his eye-mounted laser and toss grenades, allowing him to control the fight from a distance.
- "Commando" style allows Kano to utilize his Judo background by focusing on grappling and grounding opponents.
It all ends with a sneak peek of Kano's face-melting new fatality.
Mortal Kombat X's release date has not been announced yet, but with Gamescom starting tomorrow, that may change very quickly.
Sometimes a band suggestion comes along that just makes me sit up straight and enjoy every second that they have to offer. San Francisco’s Sit Kitty Sit just so happened to be one of those suggestions that came into my inbox a few days ago and their new album, Everlasting Fire, has me 100% hooked.
Described as “…Dresden Dolls mixed with King Crimson, & Fiona Apple…”, the two-person group of Kat Downs and Mike Thompson have crafted a fantastic album that is built around the epic Inferno by Dante Alighieri. It’s poppy, it’s catchy, and it’s just a lot of fun!
You can listen to the full album below.
Morningstars, sledgehammers, chainsaws, and machetes... lots of machetes. The new gameplay trailer for Dead Island 2 showcases the raw brutality of unabashed hate crimes against the undead, delivered in a visceral style that only the Dead Island series can deliver.
Blood... man, that shit gets everywhere! And I mean everywhere. Every cut in this trailer reveals a fresh zombie getting stabbed, slashed, shot, bludgeoned, and stabbed again. Based on this trailer, gamers can expect to be slipping on blood and giggling with delight after a session with Dead Island 2.
Dead Island has always provided players with a hero’s arsenal of implements of sheer chaos, and today’s trailer really gave gamers some fun new toys to look forward to. It’s like a gore-filled Christmas morning. Forget church; there are zombies to decapitate!
Speaking of weapons, the trailer also promises three pre-order bonuses, all of which are in-game weapons that look like slaughter powerhouses: the katana, the classic sword; the home strike, a chain-covered mace; and the grinder, which looks like a weed hacker with engine blades.
No specific release date was given, but the trailer reveals that Dead Island 2 has a tentative release window of spring 2015.
Ice cracks, blood splats on the window, behind it a decrepit man swings a blade. Just one day before its Gamescom press conference, Sony has released a final teaser trailer.
While in the previous teasers horror was implied, today Sony flat out says, “Watch Horror Reinvented on PS4.”
With this third trailer, it appears increasingly likely that the game Sony is teasing is the slasher movie inspired Until Dawn. But there is a broader implication...
By claiming to "reinvent" horror, they may be hinting at an all-new platform for experiencing the genre. And that platform may very well be through virtual reality on Sony’s Project Morpheus. Sony may not only be announcing a fresh offering of terror, Gamescom may be the place that Sony officially unveils the much hyped virtual reality device and finally gives gamers a release date on Project Morpheus.
For those who have not decided on which next-gen system to buy, virtual reality may very well steer a large chunk of the fence sitters in Sony’s direction.
The casting news keeps rolling in for HBO's upcoming "Westworld" adaptation as Ed Harris has joined the huge cast to play The Man in Black, described as the distillation of pure villainy into one man. Oh. Hell. Yeah.
Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name, the project, which hails from JJ Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Kilter Films, is billed as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."
Harris joins the previously announced James Marsden, Eddie Rouse, Demetrius Grosse, Kyle Bornheimer, Currie Graham, Lena Georgas, Steven Ogg, Timothy Lee DePriest, Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman.
Abrams will executive produce alongside veteran producer Weintraub and Bad Robot's Bryan Burk. "Person of Interest's" Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the pilot, will executive produce and direct as well. Lisa Joy co-wrote the pilot and will exec produce. Kathy Lingg will co-EP, and Athena Wickham is a producer on the Warner Bros. Television drama. David Coatsworth is set as a co-EP and line producer with Susie Ekins set as a co-producer.
Playing as part of the Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness programme is [REC] 4: Apocalypse, and right now we have a brand new bit of artwork to share with ya! Dig it!
[REC] 4: Apocalypse - Jaume Balagueró, Spain - World Premiere
Angela Vidal wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility, sole survivor and witness to the horrific events inside the building. But does she remember what happened to her? Is she carrying a virus?
Distrust spreads through the isolated facility while new, even more deadly forms of evil spread even faster.
Tickets to screenings for the Midnight Madness programme will be available for individual purchase as well as through the Midnight Madness Pack, which includes all screenings for $180, or $115 for students and seniors. Purchase Festival ticket packages online 24 hours a day at tiff.net, by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET daily at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, or visit the Gupta Box Office in person from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET daily at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, until August 20 while quantities last.
On tap right now we have the first official UK quad poster for Adam Wingard's next film, The Guest. Kinda reminds us of the artwork for The Raid 2. Check it out, and look for more on this flick soon!
You’re Next, V/H/S, V/H/S/2, and A Horrible Way to Die's Adam Wingard directs from a script by Simon Barrett while Keith Calder and Jessica Wu produce for Snoot Entertainment.
The Guest stars Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick.
A young soldier arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a good friend of their beloved son who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, mayhem ensues as their teenage daughter, Anna, starts wondering if David is responsible.
After being on hiatus due to debilitating migraine headaches, it is humorous to me that my return to reviews for Bloody Disgusting would start with the recent Criterion release of Scanners. After all, the film is best known the iconic scene of a man’s head exploding.
The 1981 film by David Cronenberg centers around: individuals with telepathic abilities, agencies that want to research and introduce them to the world, some of those individuals that, of course, want to use their gifts for good and those who want to use them for the evil. Along with an overall sense of panic, times of isolation, dread, fear of world dominance (of those evil ones) and a haunting soundtrack, Cronenberg’s film easily is considered a cult classic.
The new Criterion release definitely delivers something that caters to fans of the entire horror genre. The restoration of the film itself, is nice. Dark scenes play with clarity and the score is unsettling as it is uncompressed and uncompromised. (This is my return to writing, I want to sound like I just discovered my thesaurus). The plethora of extras and the extent of their content is highly valuable. ‘The “Scanners” Way’ is a documentary about the special effects in the film, and will be a favorite by many – even if just due to the few minutes dedicated to the exploding head scene. ‘Mental Saboteur’ is 20 minutes of Michael Ironside and the development of his character – which was intitially just contained in the reel footage shown to the character Cameron Vale. What movie would it have been without the incorporation of Ironside’s Darryl Revok? The same could be said for actor/artist Stephen Lack. ‘The Ephemerol Diaries’ is a candid 2012 interview that covers Lack’s recollection of shooting the film, with lots of love given to Dick Smith. There is also an excerpt from ‘The Bob McClean Show’ with Cronenberg as a guest. The 12 minute segment covers Cronenberg’s career up to Scanners. It is quite interesting to watch “Canada’s Master of Horror and Baron of Blood” speak freely about his work of the time. Also included is Stereo, Cronenberg’s first feature film from 1969. The hour long film has been restored to the point that it looks like it is a brand new student film. There are trailers and radio spots and a very nice booklet with an essay by Kim Newman.
Scanners has esthetic elements that definitely validate its place in the horror genre. The exploding head scene alone can be considered, at face value, enough to hold such a spot on gore alone. However, elements like scanner Cameron Vale’s panic as he is strapped to a bed and being observed by an increasing number of individuals – all shown in a series of quick cuts – could almost be viewed as a state of cerebral horror as it inflicts the same sense of dread upon the viewer. This borderline unsettling nature of the film is delved into even more so with a simple facial expressions from actor Michael Ironside’s Revok. With spectacular extras and the option of both DVD and Blu-ray in one package, this release is not just for the diehard fans. Scanners is a groundbreaking horror classic in its own right.
Though he's been making films since 1998, Adrian Garcia Bogliano has really burst onto the radars of horror fans in the last few years, directing films like Here Comes the Devil and Late Phases.
Up next, the Spanish filmmaker directs Scherzo Diabolico, which has just begun principal photography. Read on for all the info, and to check out the first still!
From the Press Release
Mexican based Salto de Fe Films is excited to announce that principal photography on Adrián García Bogliano's latest film, Scherzo Diabolico, has started in Mexico City. The film stars Francisco Barreiro (We Are What We Are, Here Comes the Devil), rising actress Daniela Soto Vell, and Cuban cult actor-director Jorge Molina (Juan of the Dead).
Shooting is under way and will take place on locations in Mexico City and its surrounding areas. Scherzo Diabolico is a co-production from Bogliano's Salto de Fe Films, US-based F, and Mexico-based Mr Blue, rABYa Producciones, and Morbido Films. Adrián García Bogliano is the creator of the international horror sensation Here Comes the Devil and the upcoming Late Phases.
Scherzo Diabolico is Bogliano's eleventh film and his second feature in Mexico after Here Comes the Devil. In addition to the recent Penumbra, Cold Sweat, and The ABCs of Death, Garcia Bogliano's many films include such independent genre achievements as Rooms for Tourists, 36 Steps, and I'll Never Die Alone.
Scherzo Diabolico brings Bogliano back from the supernatural realm to a wild black comedy about a bored and frustrated accountant who decides to kidnap a teenage girl who will become his worst nightmare.
Scherzo Diabolico is produced by Garcia Bogliano's longtime partner Andrea Quiroz Hernández and Carlos Melendez. Joshua Sobel, from the acclaimed Philippine movie Graceland, is executive producer of the film. Alex Bergman, Vince Cupone, and Mario Kenyon are co-executive producers. Fons PR will serve as a sponsor for Scherzo Diabolico with co-founder Brandy Fons serving as a co-executive producer for the film.
Two years ago, filmmakers Howard J. Ford and Jon Ford took international audiences on a journey through a zombie-infected African veldt with The Dead. The Ford Brothers have now raised the survival stakes to new dramatic heights with the September 16th Blu-ray and DVD release of The Dead 2, which we now have the following exclusive clip from.
“A ship docks fresh from Somalia which contains one infected worker that passes unnoticed into the very heart of India’s overpopulated bustling streets, setting off an unstoppable chain of events. Meanwhile, American turbine engineer Nicholas Burton (Joseph Millson; Casino Royale) is working in the stark yet tranquil Indian countryside when he receives a call from his love Ishani, a local girl who lives on the outskirts of the slums of Mumbai and who has hidden their relationship from her tradition-minded father. She reveals she is now pregnant and scared for her life as chaos and terror have taken ahold of the cities as the dead return to life and attack the living. Nicholas has to battle his way across their 300 mile landscape filled with flesh-eating – and infectious – undead. With the help of young street kid Javed, he has to rely on his wits and sheer brute force to try and save them all, as the clock ticks off the minutes before the last flight out of a living hell…“
Bonus features on The Dead 2 Blu-ray and DVD include The Making of The Dead 2 and deleted scenes.
Though Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo's 2011 film Livide (review) hasn't yet been released here in the States, an American remake is nevertheless in some form of development.
Over the weekend The Pact director Nicholas McCarthy made the surprising revelation that he was recently attached to direct. In an interview with Complex about his latest film, At the Devil's Door, now available through VOD outlets, the filmmaker opened up about his planned third feature, expressing that he's a big time fan of Livide and was very excited about the possibility of being at the helm for the remake.
"It was never announced that I was attached to it, but I was sure that it was going to be my third feature," revealed McCarthy. "That was the movie, though, where I realized that you can never be sure about anything."
"I’m learning that all of those cliches are true. The remake had a couple of really good producers and it was written by a guy named David Burke, who’s the guy who wrote 13 Sins, which also premiered at SXSW this year. He’s a genius and kind of took Julien and Alexandre’s movie and made some kind of sense of it but didn’t homogenize it in any way. I guess one of the reasons why I was so excited about it was that I’ve always wanted to do a vampire movie, and this was one that had a really insane third act twist."
So what went wrong? "We thought it was all set to go, but then, you know, everything fell through," McCarthy noted. "I’d still love to do it, but now I’m not formally attached to it anymore, which just means that that piece of paper has expired."
It's been awhile since we've heard anything official about the Livide remake so there's no way of knowing at the moment if another filmmaker has been brought on board or if the project is temporarily dead in the water.
How about we work on releasing the original film first and then worry about a remake?!
Around these parts we love us some Peter Stormare. This guy can do creepy and evil with THE BEST of 'em so it only makes sense that he join the ever-growing cast of the new flick from Scott Spiegel (Evil Dead) entitled Welcome to Purgatory. Read on for the latest.
Cupsogue Pictures announced today that Stormare will be playing Lucius, one of the main antagonists in the flick. He joins the previously announced Bruce Campbell, Stephen Marcus, and James Buckley for the feature, which is set to take us deep into the bowels of Hell.
Though Campbell's role hasn't yet been revealed, Buckley will play Luke, a petty thief who doesn’t have much luck, even in the Afterlife. Along with his partner-in-crime, Charlie (Marcus), they try to make the best of every bad situation in Purgatory but with little success.
Directed by Gene Fallaize, the film also stars Jillian Murray, Nathan Jones, Jack O’Halloran, Tony Cook, and Tory Kittles.
Cook and Fallaize are producing the film, which was written by Cook and Marcus Ako, for Cupsogue Pictures. Filming is due to commence on Welcome to Purgatory at Pinewood Studios ahead of a theatrical release in 2015.
According to the IMDb, a sequel, Welcome to Purgatory II: The Journey to Hell, is already planned with Fallaize back at the helm.
Welcome to Purgatory follows three new arrivals – Willis, Taylor (Cook), and Danni (Murray) – as they navigate this fresh vision of the Afterlife, helped along the way by trusty Guardian Paul. They find the afterlife in ruins amidst a growing war between Good and Evil. All the rules of the Afterlife have been broken, and they must find a way to make things right before Heaven is ruined for the rest of time.
A Clear Look at Halloween 6 The Producer's Cut from the Halloween The Complete Collection Blu-ray Set; NEW Features Added!
For many years the producer's cut of Halloween 6 has been the holy grail of the Halloween franchise. That's about to change.
Scream Factory/Anchor Bay's release of Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray set is finally giving the movie back to fans.
While the finishing touches are being made as of this writing, the powers-that-be are still(!) adding new bonus features and supplemental materials to the release.
Also, as a small taste of what to expect, see the comparison photos below from a previously unauthorized VHS release of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and a screengrab from the all-new high-definition master from the Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Producers’ Cut Blu-ray, available for the first time on September 23rd!
Below you'll also find updated special feature and tech specs. The new additions are noted.
Halloween Box Set Release Details
Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory proudly announce the bonus features and technical specifications for the September 23rd HALLOWEEN Complete Collection Blu-ray™ set. This new set boasts a wealth of NEW bonus features including 7 brand NEW featurettes, 3 brand NEW commentaries, 4 brand NEW interviews – with many of the participants sharing their thoughts about the franchise for the first time -- and NEW transfers and audio specs on selected titles.
Disc 1 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby TrueHD 7.1; Original 1978 Audio in Dolby TrueHD Mono
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc 2 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
Original 2008 Blu-ray with different color timing and special features.
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby Surround 5.1; PCM 5.1; Original 1978 Mono Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc 3 – Halloween II (1981)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD MA 5.1
Disc 4 – Halloween II TV Cut (1981) DVD (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
Standard Definition Full-frame 1.33:1; Dolby Digital Mono
Disc 5 – Halloween III: Season of The Witch (1982)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD MA 5.1; Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0
Disc 6 – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc 7 -- Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc 8 -- Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Theatrical Cut
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1); DTS-MA HD 5.1, 2.0 (JUST ANNOUNCED)
Disc 9 – Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Producer’s Cut (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1:78:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 (JUST ANNOUNCED)
Disc 10 -- Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Disc 11 -- Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Disc 12 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Disc 13 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) Bonus Disc (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
Disc 14 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 (2009)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1;
Disc 15 – Bonus Features (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
1080p, 520p Full Frame, Anamorphic Widescreen 1:85:1, 2.35:1;
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Stereo, Mono
Is it September 23rd yet?
We told you a month ago that the hotly anticipated new film from Macabre directing duo Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (aka The Mo Brothers), Killers, had theatrical and DVD/Blu-ray release dates in the UK; and right now we have new stills and a trailer for you to chew on!
Killers arrives on store shelves September 1st.
Nomura is a good-looking and stylish man in his early thirties who lives a successful life in Tokyo, Japan. Girls are drawn to him, something he uses to his advantage as none of them realise the sinister truth behind the clean-cut façade.
Nomura has been leaving a legacy of violent murders that he immortalises through video clips posted on a public video website. He thrives off of the fact that millions are witnessing his work through the virally spread videos.
Thousands of miles away from him, in a whole different world, lives Bayu, a disgraced investigative journalist living in a violent and unstable Jakarta, Indonesia. As Bayu’s life is hit by the nadir of failures, Nomura’s videos trigger his dark side as he starts to record his own brand of “justified” killings. Nomura’s seemingly confident and controlled charm starts to peel when his ego is wounded by the fact that Bayu’s videos have reached a significant numbers of followers that could rival his own.
Complicating matters further is Nomura’s bizarre attraction towards traumatised young florist Hisae. Bayu himself starts to sink deeper into a spiral of violence, obsessed with bringing down one of the country’s biggest and most corrupt politicians, but during his bloody rampage he doesn’t realise the repercussions for his young daughter, Elly.
When the rivalry between Nomura and Bayu becomes an uncontrollable psychosis, the two of them must face each other in one of the most exhilarating film finales in years.
These days, it’s almost expected that a best-selling book gets turned into a film/TV series. Sometimes (not to slight the author’s efforts), it doesn’t even have to be a best-selling book, as in the case of Todd Rigney’s “Found”. Granted, I’d previously never heard of Todd Rigney or read any of his previous independently-published work (go figure), but I figured that there must be something in this book that caught director Scott Schirmer’s attention. Why else would he make a film based on this book? Suppress your cynicism, folks. Found is a disturbing little gem that is definitely a surprise.
Marty is your exceptional fifth grade student. He gets good grades, keeps quiet, and on the side, has a love for horror movies. Unfortunately for Marty, he’s bullied relentlessly at school, and his parents aren’t exactly the most supportive. Even Marty’s only friend, David, has started to become embarrassed being around Marty because of bullying by association. Marty also has an older brother named Steve, who shares the same fascination and love of horror as he does, even showing Marty his first horror movie. However, Marty soon discovers that Steve carries a dark secret with him, starting with the ever-changing severed head in Steve’s bowling ball bag.
In spite of being shot on a shoestring budget, Schirmer manages to bring out some good performances, particularly from Gavin Brown, who plays our protagonist. Brown is able to accurately portray a boy who is juggling a myriad of emotions and feelings, and do it in a realistic way. Often, I hate it when films (horror and otherwise) cast young actors who are in over their heads, and are nothing more than vehicles for plot advancement and almost devoid of acting chops or character. Thankfully, that’s not the case in this film. Complementing Brown’s performance is Ethan Philbeck as Steve, who delivers some truly creepy moments while also throwing in a few humourous ones to broaden the character. While he does feel a bit forced in parts, Philbeck still delivers an admirable performance.
Speaking of the two brothers, the chemistry between Steve and Marty really feels genuine. Well, as genuine as a younger brother and his serial killer brother can get. Brown and Philbeck really do come across as siblings, displaying emotion and attachment to one another that really does remind me of my relationship with my younger brother. I’m not a serial killer, mind you, but you get what I’m saying in regards to the seemingly authentic bond between two brothers who show concern for one another.
On the downside of things, the film does show it’s low-budget roots in a few ways. While the gore is delightful and at times very realistic, the initial shot of Marty with the severed head kind of took me out of things as it didn’t look all that convincing. Shooting close-up shots didn’t help things, either. In spite of Philbeck and Brown’s performances, their parents (Louie Lawless and Phyllis Munro) tended to be on the stiff side, and delivered dialogue that really sounded more rehearsed than natural. Lastly, the final act of the film does threaten to take you out of things thanks to the over-the-top violence, since it really comes out of nowhere. It’s definitely a squeamish part that makes my inner gorehound happy, but at the same time, it feels a little out of place with what’s happened so far.
Nonetheless, a few missteps doesn’t hinder this indie gem in the slightest. The narrative is excellent, with some serious commentary on family dysfunction and bullying, with showcasing some excellent acting by a couple of promising young actors. Kudos to Scott Schirmer for taking the leap and putting the right people in place to create a creepy and striking film. If you’re in the mood for an intelligent horror film that impresses on a variety of levels, Found is definitely that film, and deserves to be seen at least once.