Found is a 2012 USA horror thriller by Scott Schirmer.
Starring Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck and Phyllis Munro.
The film was cut by the BBFC for an 18 rated 2014 DVD release. Uncut in the US. Cut by 2 minutes in Australia after being initially banned. UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, sexualised violence, gory images after 4s of BBFC
compulsory cuts for:
The BBFC commented:
- A cut was required to remove sight of a murderer's erect penis, during a scene of sadistic sexualised violence and threat.
The BBFC also provide Extended Classification Information (includes spoilers) :
FOUND is a horror film about a horror-obsessed boy who discovers his older brother is a serial killer.
Scenes of strong bloody violence include sight of beheadings and stabbings. There are strong gory images, both during violence and in the aftermath of violence, including sight of entrails and sight of eyes being gouged out of a
severed head and eaten.
In one scene, a woman is tied up and partially stripped, after which it is implied that her breast has been cut off. Although aftemath sight of her bloody chest is seen, there is no detail of the actual
cutting. Elsewhere, a rape is attempted but stopped. Another scene implies that sexual violence is taking place off screen.
The film also contains occasional use of strong language ('fuck'), as well as discriminatory terms, such
as faggot . There is also strong threat, moderate sex references and breast nudity.
It has been suggested that the BBFC comments about violence being offscreen suggested a pre-cut version. But reviews of the presumably uncut US
release concur that some of the climatic violence occurs offscreen in the US release too. (See review from
Taking a closer at the release information, note that the BBFC recorded running time of 103:11s includes 2 components:
- 97:10s Found
- 6:04s Dark Dwellers which is the fake horror film featured in the main film (along with a 2nd fake horror, titled Headless
The difference in running time has caused a little confusion in Australia with a version cut by around 2 minutes being noted with a running time 7 minutes less that the original submission. The 5m discrepancy could either be down to a PAL speed up, or
else now could be due to some running times not including the associated Dark Dwellers fake horrors.
Update: Is the UK release of Found pre-cut?
25th September 2014. From MoonMetropolis via twitter
Regarding Found: some of climactic violence is off-screen, but we do see breast-cutting in one scene & sex with severed head.
The breast-cutting & severed head-fucking all take place in context of a fictional
film-within-a-film watched by protagonist.
So the fact that the BBFC have indicated that these two scenes are not present then one has to conclude that a pre-cut version was submitted to the BBFC. Perhaps the cut Australian Version or else cut by
the UK distributor.