Afflicted (2013) Review

By Bluebird


Two best friends Derek (Derek Lee) and Cliff (Cliff Prowse) decide to take a year off to travel around the world. But their trip of a lifetime takes a dark turn when Derek meets a strange woman Audrey (Baya Rehaz) and is struck by a mysterious and deadly affliction. In a different country and miles from family, they try to discover what the mysterious affliction is and trace it back to the source for answers before Derek is completely consumed by it forever.
I liked that there is a fun and light-hearted vibe to the beginning of this movie. The actors do a good job making the characters likeable, they're not just typical crazy drug taking partiers like a lot of young people in movies are portrayed as. I actually liked the characters which made the movie easier to watch, just to find out what happens to them.
The character of Derek has a condition called AVM which is an abnormal connection between the arteries and veins in the brain, which could case his death at any moment, which added to the mystery of what was really happening to him.
The two main characters Derek and Cliff are played by Derek Lee and Cliff Prowse who also wrote and directed the movie. This was their first feature film, so I think they did a decent job.
The movie starts to get interesting when Derek starts showing strange symptoms like superhuman strength and speed. At first they think it's really awesome, because it is! They keep filming and testing his new abilities to see how far he can go. They eventually figure out what's wrong with him and it's not as fun as they thought. They try to manage his condition. His friend Cliff is a really good friend, he stays by Derek's side through all the scary crazy shit and tries to help him.
There's a few jump scares but I wouldn't call this a scary movie, there's definitely creepy moments. It is entertaining though, the actors do a good job and the found footage style is done properly, so it's not annoying and there's nobody smooshing their face into the camera sobbing. I didn't find it predictable, but I hadn't read or heard anything about it when I watched it. It's interesting watching Derek change and becoming darker. It also has a lot of action, if you like that sort of thing in a horror movie. There's some gore, but not a lot.
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If you like found footage movies which are a little different, give it a watch, but don't expect to be scared.