"What If Someone Turned You into a Vampire?"
What You Need To Know:
AFFLICTED is, by turns, scary, gross, and action-oriented. The action scenes come when Derek explores his new powers and when he’s chased or hunted by police. That said, the first-person camerawork is annoying and nothing new. Also, the movie’s ending is kind of depressing. AFFLICTED also has lots of strong foul language and some extreme violence and gory images. AFFLICTED isn’t good enough, clean enough, or inspiring enough to warrant a look by moviegoers, including any but the most obsessed horror movie fan.
(PaPa, O, B, LLL, VVV, S, N, A, M) Strong, superstitious pagan worldview with light occult connotations about a young man who discovers he’s turning into a vampire, with some moral elements of trying to help a friend in trouble, but [SPOILER ALERT] new vampire decides, since he must drink people’s blood in order to survive, his victims might as well be evil people guilty of heinous crimes; at least 63 obscenities (mostly “f,” “s,” and “h” words), nine strong obscenities, 13 light profanities, and man vomits up pasta dinner because he’s turned into a vampire; very strong violence with blood and gore includes people bitten and attacked by vampires, new vampire’s flesh starts to burn and peel in sunlight, people shot point blank, new vampire sucks pet pig’s blood; light sexual content includes man takes woman into his hotel bedroom but nothing taking place there is shown, passionate kissing, light lewd references, and vampire has kidnapped and intends to kill pedophile; upper male nudity and brief female cleavage; alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, vampires have to drink blood and kill people, lying, stealing, vampire becomes vigilante.
AFFLICTED is a “found footage” horror movie about two buddies traveling the world whose friendship is tested when a woman turns one of them into a vampire. AFFLICTED is fairly scary with some incredible action scenes, but the camerawork is annoying, and the ending depressing. There’s also a lot of strong foul language and some gross images.
The movie begins with a party where Derek and Clif’s friends are giving them a bon voyage. Derek has discovered he has a brain condition that may kill him at any time. So, he’d like to travel the world with his buddy, Clif, before it’s too late. Clif and Derek both have a desire to be professional filmmakers some day, so they decide to document their trip with first-person movie cameras.
Their trip takes a dark, unexpected turn when Derek encounters a beautiful woman in Paris. While Clif parties with some friends they know, Derek and the woman retire to Derek and Clif’s hotel room. Clif and the friends decide to burst in on them as a prank, but when they arrive, Derek is wounded and unconscious; and, the woman is nowhere to be seen.
Derek soon wakes up, not remembering anything. However, when he starts getting sick and anemic, but suddenly strong, and seems to have an aversion to sunlight, he and Clif are convinced the woman turned Derek into a vampire.
Derek and Clif go on a desperate search for the woman, but how are they going to feed Derek’s new lust for blood?
AFFLICTED is, by turns, scary, gross, and action-oriented. The action scenes come when Derek explores his new powers and when he’s chased or hunted by police. That said, the first-person camerawork, which is borrowed from such movies as BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, CLOVERFIELD, and CHRONICLE, is annoying as well as old hat. Also, the movie’s ending is depressing.
AFFLICTED also has lots of strong foul language and some extreme violence and gory images. Although some people may enjoy the rather unique blend of horror with action, AFFLICTED isn’t good enough, clean enough, or inspiring enough to warrant a look by anyone other than obsessed horror movie fans who don’t mind low-budget R-rated horror flicks. Even so, the creators, who play versions of themselves in the movie, probably have a good future in filmmaking, if they pursue more worthwhile projects.