So bad it's scary

FOUND (Scott Schirmer). 103 minutes. Wednesday (October 23), 7 pm.

TORONTO AFTER DARK FILM FESTIVAL from tonight (Thursday, October 17) to October 25. Scotiabank Theatre. $10-$13, passes available. See Indie & Rep Film. Rating: NNN

Found has some of the worst dad acting since George Hardy’s legendarily cheesy turn in best-worst movie Troll 2. In fact, the performances here are almost comically stiff across the board.

But the effect of this rigidity is compelling, pitching Found into some weird, uncanny gorge where the obviousness of the acting serves to magnify the creepiness. Call it Canyons syndrome.

Marty (Gavin Brown) is a suburban Anykid who escapes into his older brother’s (Ethan Philbeck) horror movies to forget being bullied at school. After happening upon a too-real, snuffish title, Marty begins to suspect that his brother has some pretty serious skeletons rattling in his closet.

For all its lameness, Found convincingly sells its grisly, hyper-realistic violence, its crappy trappings making it all the more disturbing and strangely absorbing.


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