Afflicted

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1 h 25 min2013X-RayR
This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world.
Directors
Derek LeeClif Prowse
Starring
Clif ProwseDerek LeeBaya Rehaz
Genres
SuspenseHorror
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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Supporting actors
Jason LeeMichael McGillGary RedekopLily Lee
Producers
Chris FergusonZach Lipovsky
Studio
CBS Films
Rating
R (Restricted)
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.1 out of 5 stars

1177 global ratings

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EinsatzReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
How I spent my summer vacation…
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Just another tiresome found-footage horror film. The plot is fairly basic and didn’t require this gimmick. Two friends decide to take a tour around the world as one of them is possibly, almost dying from a brain AVM. They plan to document this trip with endless pretentious selfies and the usual jumpy-jerky camera movement. Everything goes horribly wrong when the star of this epic is ‘afflicted’ and getting odder by the minute. Basically, this is an irresponsible jerk and his enabler getting things desperately wrong, resulting in a lot of messy deaths as they don’t deal with his “vampire problem.”
As a film it is typical of its type, which is a shame because I love vampire movies. The problem remains the lack of logic involved, the paper-thin plot, and the heavily ‘edited’ so-called found-footage that was uploaded as we speak!!!! Nice trick if you can do it.
22 people found this helpful
Erich Zann IIIReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Truly Terrifying Trip
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This movie is excellent. I like vampire movies. I always have, but I've found that most movies emphasize their sexuality, their beauty, their mystery. Few truly portray the horror involved in the realization that you now need to consume human blood. This movie truly drew out the horror involved in the frightening realization that you're turning into a monster, and there's nothing you can do to stop it, especially when you have no idea what you're doing.

Again, just my personal experience, but I generally don't like found footage films. This one changed my mind on them. The actors did an excellent job, and considering that it was a low budget film, it was really well made. It had little of the camp that a lot of low-budget horror films possess. And there was some genuine wisdom in there.
"You cannot choose not to kill, but you can choose who you kill. It makes a difference."

And that ending credits scene. I won't spoil that, though.
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Tim F. MartinReviewed in the United States on September 30, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent found footage about one of a pair of friends traveling in Europe turning into a vampire
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I was prepared to not like this film, I read that it had a fairly modest budget, had a small cast of unknowns, I am not a big fan of found footage films, and I think vampire films are overdone. To my surprise I really liked it a lot. I found it inventive and had a few fresh things to say about vampirism and had some really good pacing and a relatable and good cast.

The film centers on two longtime friends, Derek (played by Derek Lee) and Clif (played by Clif Prowse), two Americans who after years of planning decide to embark on a round in the world trip. Clif is a budding and knowledgeable (and well-equipped) videographer and had already set up an easy to load to blog of their planned travels and Derek we find has a rare brain ailment that could cause him to lose consciousness, have brain damage, or even die and is going on the trip a bit against his family’s wishes (especially his brother’s, who we occasionally see through Skype or some equivalent).

The two arrive in Barcelona, Spain and soon after some real fun there travel on to Paris, France, all while meeting two friends who have a band touring Europe. Things look good for a bit – seeing local sights, trying local food, staying in different hotels, going to parties – until one night Derek meets a local girl in a nightclub in Paris. He goes off with her, his friends assuming he is getting lucky, and intend to burst in on him and surprising him. Instead of finding him having sex with the woman (a woman named Audrey, played by Baya Rehaz) they find Derek near death with a strange bleeding hole in his arm. Refusing going to the hospital (as Derek fears once he goes to the hospital doctors will find a reason to keep him and effectively end the trip), Clif and Derek go on to their next destination in Italy.

And from there Derek gets sick. Is it a stomach virus? Derek’s illness getting worse? Or as I spoiled earlier, is Derek becoming a vampire?

I loved the mixture of elation as Derek and Clif explore Derek’s newfound powers while at the same time the frantic nature of their quest to find a way to feed Derek that doesn’t involve hurting another person. Roll into this quest having to hide from Interpol and European police for crimes they sort-of-accidentally commit and also trying to find to find Audrey and see if she knows of a cure it becomes a surprisingly tense and good film. Derek has to avoid the police, not having any real desire to hurt them (though they very much try to kill him), all while trying to find Audrey (who does not want to be found and is very powerful in her own right), also all while Derek is still trying to figure out how to operate as a vampire.

I really cared about Derek and Clif, loved especially early on the European scenery, loved how Derek had to contend with multiple threats, and really enjoyed the ending. I will cautiously say this is the best found footage film I have ever seen.
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J. MarriottReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Only one issue with this otherwise darned good movie.
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Started this and nearly turned it off after realizing it was “found footage”, which is the weakest, lamest, most untalented way to make movies.

Ended up being glad I watched it. Yes, the FF format is extremely well-done, which is what caught me and let me watch it. Yes, the characters are both flawed and very, very likable; my feelings for both these men and what they experienced were intense. Yes, it’s good horror, with gore made less so by being in b&w, with the proper amount of stunts, and most of all, it’s got the ability to draw me in and suspend my disbelief. I really liked both Prowse and Lee, and I wish them a nice, long career in movies; they show an excellent understanding of atmosphere, story-telling, continuity, and pacing. Plus, this isn’t the jumpy, leaf-crackled-in-the-Woods-omg-it’s-a witch junk that too many other FF movies hand out.

What does bother me, though, is that I watched both this and “Werewolf: the Beast Among Us” yesterday, and I find an underlying theme that, in this day and time, scares me more than the “horror movie” genre itself.

Normally, we understand that ghoulies and beasties and bumps in the night are monsters to be defeated. They’re representative of human problems that are overcome with more or less serious effort. But this trope, in this movie and the above-mentioned is deeply upsetting. It’s vigilantism. Not justice, vigilantism. That’s unacceptable, and 2 movies in 1 day with that as the underlying theme is more horrifying than the movies themselves can ever be.

I still gave it the stars it deserves, but filmmakers really need to think about the influence they have, what creeps in on cat feet into the subconscious of film watchers. I don’t want to live in a world where vigilante justice is accepted, where monsters are normalized into heroes None of us should. Monsters murder, and even if they choose to kill less-than-good people, it still doesn’t make them heroes. We fight the death penalty irl, seeing it become “cool” because it’s done by a being who is now “other” in a movie is simply dangerous.
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Victor TweedReviewed in the United States on July 28, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Tired concept done right.
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I didn't expect much at first because "found footage" movies are always so predictable and unrealistic trying really hard to be effortlessly believable. But, this movie was at least very well done. There were a few twists and tweaks the special effects are really, really good. For such a low budget, it's pretty impressive! I do find it very difficult to believe that someone would continue to strap a camera to himself after the change. And, where's he charging his camera? The fact that they incorporated that body harness cam was kinda genius when coupled with their impressive special effects. It made for some pretty awesome shots and scenes. Anyway, I also thought the ending was great and it didn't overdo it. In the end, it was probably the best "found footage" type movies I've seen. I give it 4 stars for a taking a tired genre and breathing a little creativity into it. It was fun, moved along nicely and well worth the watch, especially on such a low budget! Well done!
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MsairsReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must Watch. Will not disappoint.
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As the other reviewers say, its a found footage perspective type of movie, and there's a guy with the camera who happens to be filming everything, even when he wakes up. lol. The story is an original take on the vampire story, and it works. The special effects look real, acting good and believable (except Derek seems to always be smiling ever so slightly that it takes away from the mood of the scene sometimes. he's a good actor, but just control the facial expressions a little more. lol), story is believable and flows smoothly, and it keeps you on edge. There are jump scares, but theyre good and scary, and fit the scenes. The ending is fabulous and gives you some closure, not the closure you want, but its closure. It was a sad ending for me, and on the whole scary because of the first person perspective. Youre Cliff when he wakes up, and you see what he sees. I was freaked, but I got over the scare. You do feel that the characters behave stupidly. Like if the person I knew was turning into that, I'd take him to the hospital regardless if we'll be charged with anything. But then we wouldnt have a story, so the characters must follow the fate outlined for them. I put this on my movies list so I can watch it again. Remember to stay during the credits because theres an extra scene there for you!
3 people found this helpful
Noel T.Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pleasantly surprised!
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The feeling I got with this movie was similar to the one I got with Marvel's Ant-Man; I set the bar really low. What I got FAR surpassed that!

I don't see much original vampire script that isn't about that Edward-vs-Jacob teeny-bopper-romance garbage or that overblown, overdone Gothy-aristocracy vampire BS you get from the Underworld series. I wasn't expecting a lot given the low budget but the end result, as stated, was pleasantly surprising! Great build up, (spoiler) the BF's death came a bit soon; midway. But what seemed awkwardly premature death turned out more like a functional "partitioning" of the story, where our hero turns villain and eventually, reluctant anti-hero. So bad-ass! I hope the directors get around to making an Afflicted 2! Won't be all high-budget CGI fluff like Morbius but I'm willing to bet it'll be just as good (if not better)~
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ThomasReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Found Footage Vampire Worth a Watch
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I generally am not a huge fan of these style of films because it gets a little clunky after a while. You know, like watching a home vid, and that scene just went on a little bit too long. Or, you start getting a little anxious over the shakiness, or the panning is making one dizzy. This is stable and actually wants to show the viewer the key scenes and what's going on. In this respect, it's cleverly done and interesting.

Favorite parts: Progression of the change.
Least favorite part: Sometimes played a little loose with the found footage aspect, but in some respects is was a relief.
Pay to watch: Maybe.
Watch again: Maybe.

Grade: B

Summary: Everything is fairly well done and not disappointing. The progression of the main character's change, and the emotional strife is decent and not overplayed. It is done believably, and the acting is sound. Heck, why he was chosen even makes sense without seeming silly. If you like horror and vampire flicks; watch it.
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