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Afflicted (2013)

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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.

Directors:

Derek Lee, Clif Prowse

Writers:

Derek Lee (screenplay), Clif Prowse (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Lee ... Derek
Clif Prowse Clif Prowse ... Clif
Michael Gill Michael Gill ... Michael Gill
Baya Rehaz ... Audrey
Benjamin Zeitoun ... Maurice
Zach Gray ... Zachary Gray (as Zachary Gray)
Jason Lee Jason Lee ... Jason
Edo Van Breemen ... Edo Van Breeman (as Edo Van Breeman)
Gary Redekop Gary Redekop ... Dr. Redekop
Lily Py Lee Lily Py Lee ... Derek's Mom
Ellen Ferguson Ellen Ferguson ... Club Girl
Chiara Caggiati Chiara Caggiati ... Waitress
Domenico Di Michele Domenico Di Michele ... Restaurant Guest
Susie Barrow Susie Barrow ... Restaurant Guest
Lise Bertram Lise Bertram ... Restaurant Guest
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Storyline

Best friends Derek and Clif set out on a trip of lifetime. Their plan: travel to the ends of the earth, see the world, and live life to the fullest. But the trip soon takes a dark and bloody turn. Just days in, one of the men shows signs of a mysterious affliction which gradually takes over his entire body and being. Now, thousands of miles from home, in a foreign land, they must race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely. Footage meant to be travel memories may now become evidence of one of the most shocking discoveries ever captured on film...and perhaps will be their only postcard home. Written by CBS Films

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Captured. On Film.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing bloody violence, and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

27 January 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ends of the Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

Vernazza, Liguria, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,447, 6 April 2014

Gross USA:

$121,179

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,179
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Filming took place in Barcelona, Paris, Italy, and Vancouver on a budget of $318,000. See more »

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Clif: [from trailer]
[he sees Derek have a seizure]
Clif: Oh my God!, Derek!, Oh my God!
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Skeleton
Written by Edo Van Breemen and Zach Gray (as Unalaska)
Performed by Edo Van Breemen and Zach Gray (as Unalaska)
Courtesy of Unalaska
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Solid concept and quite entertaining, but still flawed
11 July 2014 | by PStylesSee all my reviews

When I first spotted this movie I figured it would be right up my alley. Although i'm picky about horror movies I do enjoy them, and unlike many it seems, I find the "found footage" style of movie-making intriguing. Overall, Afflicted delivers an entertaining experience throughout, but in my opinion has a few specific fall backs.

First of all, while the acting was mostly good throughout, there were certain scenes where I felt things were a bit cheesy. That isn't my favorite descriptive word, but it happened to be the first that came to mind when thinking about it so I think it fits. Considering the filming style and what i'm assuming was a low budget, they do deserve credit for making a believable pseudo-documentary about their journey, but not everything had me swayed into thinking "yeah, this definitely feels unscripted and completely natural". Considering that this is the basic premise of "found footage" style films, to make the viewer feel like they are watching a real person instead of an actor, "Afflicted" falls short in a few areas which detract from the overall viewing experience in my humble opinion.

My second issue centers around the progression of the film. "Afflicted" starts off really strong, pacing the story along perfectly as you watch the characters depart on their journey and document the various places they visit. Things continue well until one of the main characters comes down with the "affliction" aforementioned in the movie title. From there, things tend to be less harmonious. Soon the story quickens, and you are left with parts that don't always seem to connect well. Certain scenes could have been omitted completely in my opinion.

Despite a few missteps, I have to say I quite enjoyed this movie. It's not perfect, but hey, few horror films usually are these days. I give the creators a ton of kudos for making a found footage film that actually doesn't suck, as there have unfortunately been many over the years(and a few good ones as well I might add). I would recommend this film to fans of the horror/mystery genre, or for anyone wanting to watch an entertaining, albeit different, type of movie.

It kept me interested from start to finish, and I give it a solid 6/10.


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