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Found (stylized as found.) is a 2012 American horror movie based on Todd Rigney's 2004 indie novel of the same name.

Troubled fifth grader Marty loves to snoop through everyone’s most private belongings at home. His mom, Lisa, has a series of letters from an ex-lover, his dad, Stanley, has a stash of porno magazines, and his brother, Steve, collects severed heads in bowling ball bags. Now that he knows his brother’s secret, it’s his secret, too. He can’t let anyone find out, least of all, Steve. But his life is falling apart the longer he keeps the secret.


Tropes from this movie include:

  • Abusive Parents: From first glance, Stanley and Lisa aren't actually that bad. They care about their children (or at least Marty), even if Stanley is a racist who constantly fights with Steve, and Lisa is constantly treating Marty like a baby. By the climax, Stanley's abusive tendencies are in full bloom, where he strikes Marty and even orders Lisa to shut up when she pleads with him not to hit Marty again.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Steve comes across as a lot more cordial with Marty, and like less of a Big Brother Bully, which brings a certain air of tragedy to his character that wasn't in the book. His racism — while still present — is also considerably toned down.
  • Adapted Out: A number of minor characters from the book are either removed, replaced, have their roles trimmed down, or are Composite Characters.
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  • And I Must Scream: Marty's ultimate fate. He's left bound and gagged on his bed surrounded by the dismembered corpses of his parents and doesn't know when someone will eventually investigate.
  • Animated Credits Opening: The opening credits are done in the style of comics that Marty and his friend work on.
  • Asshole Victim: Marcus Sanders, whose head Marty isn't unhappy to find in Steve's bag, and with good reason. And David is one as well, although he isn't killed, but merely traumatized.
  • Ax-Crazy: Besides the fact that Steve is a serial killer, he's clearly not completely there. His racist rants, while disgusting, are clearly the manifestations of an unhinged mind. The only bit of stability he shows is when he's around Marty, who he spares at the end.
  • Big Brother Bully: Steve has a tendency to get violent with Marty over the smallest things, such as going in his room, even before he started collecting heads.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: David. He pretends to be Marty's friend, but eventually shows his true colors when he admits that he's tired of people picking on him because of his friendship with Marty.
  • Bowdlerise: The film had to be censored in various countries, namely Germany, Australia and the UK. The bulk of the censorship occurs on the Headless scenes.
  • Broken Pedestal: Steve becomes one to Marty once he resolves to kill his parents.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: A really dark and depressing one. One of the most prominent themes is the pain of growing up.
  • Decapitation Presentation: The modus operandi of both Steve and the killer from Headless. Marty himself does it with the head of a bully to scare one of his friends, although it was Steve who killed him.
  • Downer Ending: Dear god. Steve murders his parents, leaves Marty tied up and left to an unknown fate, and it's never made clear if he plans on turning himself in. Even if he does, Marty will undoubtedly be left damaged for the rest of his life. And that's assuming if he's ever found.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Probably one of the worst examples of this trope in history. Steve does appear to genuinely care about Marty, even going out of his way to kill a bully for mistreating his younger brother. However, he slaughters their parents when Marty pleads with him not to, and leaves Marty bound and gagged and tied to the bed without letting him go free.
  • Eye Scream: Both the killer in Headless as well as Steve gouge out their victim's eyes.
  • Film Within a Film: Headless is a slasher film that Steve is obsessed with and serves as a partial inspiration for his killings.
  • Gorn: The Headless segment is this full-stop to the point that the film was censored in other countries because of it.
  • Jerkass: Many of them.
    • Marty himself. Sure, he's bullied, and his life has been a waking nightmare since the discovery of his brother's hobby, but he goes a little overboard at times, and increasingly so until the end.
    • Steve, being a racist Serial Killer and all. Though he ventures into Jerk with a Heart of Gold territory towards Marty and only towards Marty.
    • Stanley, Steve and Marty's father, who is also quite racist, and has his abusive tendencies come out at the climax.
    • David, a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who only tolerates Marty, but secretly despises him. He punches him for crying in the book.
    • Marcus Sanders, the school bully.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The killer in Headless is a cannibal with a penchant for eyes specifically.
  • I Love the Dead: The killer in Headless is a necrophiliac. It's unclear if Steve has similar inclinations.
  • Madness Mantra: Steve starts flipping out while hacking up his dad, and mocks his usual complaint towards him.
    Steve: You left oil on the driveway! Oil on the driveway! Oil on the driveway!
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Steve has a moment like this. Not after killing one of his several victims, or even his own parents, but rather, when he realized that he upset Marty.
  • Off with His Head!: Part of the ''Headless' killer's — as well as Steve's — mo, besides gouging the eyes.
  • Only Friend: David, to Marty. It doesn't last.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Steve mainly targets black people due to his racist views, although his bigotry is notably toned down compared to the book, where he goes on a lengthy, vile, racist rant.
  • Porn Stash: Stanley has one that he hides from his wife.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Steve murders his own parents.
  • Shout-Out: Both book and film have a lot of references to horror movies, including posters and videotapes. Besides that, though ...
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Marty starts out as a nice enough kid, albeit gore-obsessed, but as the story progresses and he finds difficulty keeping Steve's secret, he grows violent and eventually starts to shut down.
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  • Villainous Incest: Steve rapes his mother before killing her.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Steve kills Marcus Sanders, a fifth grader. Granted, he was bullying Marty, but he may have gone a little too far.

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