Afflicted (2014) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  2014
  • Genre:  Found Footage, Vampire
  • Cast and crew: Derek Lee, Clif Prowse, Michael Gill, Baya Rehaz, Benjamin Zeitoun, Zach Gray, Jason Lee, Edo Van Breemen, Gary Redekop, Lily Py Lee, Ellen Ferguson, Chiara Caggiati, Domenico Di Michele, Susie Barrow, Lise Bertram
  • Director:  Clif Prowse, Derek Lee
  • Screenwriter:  Clif Prowse, Derek Lee

Afflicted (2014)Rating:

  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 5 / 10;
  • IMDb = 6.3 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 8.3 / 10;

Afflicted (2014) Synopsis:

Two friends document their travel trip around the world until one of them meets a girl in a bar who will infect him with a strange disease.

Afflicted Review:

Another found-footage comes to add to the ever-growing list of new releases that base everything on the success of this format, at the expense of an innovative story and good ideas.

Afflicted gives us the “virus/infection” version of the found footage, a little bit like a shaky version of the recent Contracted.

Interestingly, the movie was written and directed by the two main actors themselves: Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, and follow them in their trip around the world as Derek gets infected by a vampire-like virus. The movie is mainly about them following the evolution of the infection, a little bit like in the movie Chronicles where we follow the teens as they discover their new powers and experiment with them until of course things go wrong. In any case, Afflicted is a giant cliché of the vampire genre, and really brings nothing new apart from the found-footage aspect. Because pretty much everyone nowadays knows well the many rules about vampires, the succession of events is always very easy to predict.


Now, as I said, the best thing about this movie is its found footage aspect, which for once is well-used and gives rise to a few great scenes, including a very impressive first-person like pursuits. Unfortunately, the few entertaining moments of the movie feel a little scarce and the final result feels long despite being only 85 min…

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