The 2012 film Found was an amazing feature that quickly gained a following and earned itself quite the reputation. The main characters, Marty and Steve, both have opposite reactions to a film [within the film] called Headless. With a fan base growing for Found, the question was bound to come up — “Will Headless ever be a feature?” At first, the answer was no… until writers Nathan Erdel and Todd Rigney created a world worth exploring.
In this “lost slasher film from 1978,” a masked killer wages an unrelenting spree of murder, cannibalism, and necrophilia. But when his tortured past comes back to haunt him, he plunges to even greater depths of madness and depravity, consuming the lives of a young woman and those she holds dear.
Director, Arthur Cullipher, and his amazing crew brought life to a film that could have just as easily been another slasher. With an amazing script and some top-notch performances, we are treated to a movie that reaches levels of depravity on par with the original Maniac. The gore is in your face and disturbing and never reaches a level of camp. It manages to make the viewer almost feel dirty for wanting to enjoy the amount of violence we get subjected to. Headless delves into the madness that creates a murderer through flashbacks without giving into sympathetic overtones. It simply lets us watch.
I liked this film a great deal; As Found is one of my favorite movies in the past few years, I knew that this would bring a level of insanity that most couldn’t handle. This, to me, is on par with A Serbian Film without crossing certain lines.
Headless truly feels like an old video nasty that you had to rent from the back room of some old video store, which only adds to its charm.
I give this film 4 eyeballs out of 5.