Afflicted (2014): Found footage horror takes on vampires

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Directed by:Derek Lee, Clif Prowse Written by:Derek Lee, Clif Prowse  Starring:Clif Prowse, Derek Lee, Michael Gill

The blurb says “Two best friends see their trip of a lifetime take a dark turn when one of them is struck by a mysterious affliction. Now, in a foreign land, they race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely.”

My verdict: Lee and Prowse raised the money to make Afflicted, their first feature film, through a small grant combined with money from their friends and family. It was a labour of love, as is evidenced by the names on the credits, which sees the pair being responsible for many aspects of the making of, as well as starring in, this found-footage horror.

It is certainly an interesting take on the found footage genre, and seems to have more in common with Chronicle or Cloverfield than many of it’s horror stable mates. The effects are seemless and the production values look high considering it’s humble beginnings. What let’s it down is that the concept and execution are far superior to the story, which peters out somewhat in the final 20 minutes. The characters too are also somewhat flimsy, despite sharing the director/writers names, and many of their actions leave you wondering what their motivation is.

Overall though it is an interesting new variant in both the vampire and found-footage genres, so kudos to Prowse and Lee for putting together such an audacious first feature.

 Afflicted has a brand new take on one of the oldest kinds of scary monster.

7 out of 10 

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