Still, as I took a look at the cast and saw no one I’d recognized, I was a bit indifferent on whether or not I should take a chance with it. So many times I’ve decided to gamble on a positive-rated DVD only to receive it and not like it at all. To add to this, it seemed a bit odd that the two main cast members of the movie were also pulling double-duty as the directors. After all that, however, I had it shipped to me and decided to take a look at…Afflicted.
Two best friends, Clif (Clif Prowse) and Derek (Derek Lee), see their trip of a lifetime take a dark turn when Derek is suddenly struck by a mysterious affliction. Now, in a foreign land, they race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely.
I’ve got to admit, the film, at the outset, had me feeling a bit fidgety and a bit anxious for something to happen. It’s not that the film was boring or lackluster, but it just seemed that I’d been duped in seeing something else entirely. See, the film chronicles Derek—as he’s been diagnosed with a rare type of aneurysm that could kill him at any time—and his best friend Clif, documenting their friendship and how they decide to travel around the world. As I’m watching this, I’d just started thinking that I was watching something in line with a reality show. If that’s what it was and I’d been told that ahead of time, I wouldn’t have minded and probably would’ve enjoyed the biopic thoroughly. However, I’d been under the impression—with the description of the story and the cover art—that I was about to embark on a horror movie, so that’s what I’d wanted to be presented to me from the get-go.
Not long into the film is when the excitement begins and that’s when Derek meets a girl at a club, hooking up with her for the night as Clif and a few other friends who’d met up with the guys are happy for him. It’s when they check up on him the next morning, thinking he had a wild night with the girl, that they see him bleeding from a few places on his body and looking a bit worse for wear. Being worrisome at first, it’s finally forgotten as Derek and Clif chalk it up to the girl being some weirdo as they continue their trek to Italy, making the best of their remaining journey. But it’s there that things start to go strange.
I was mildly surprised with the acting from these two main stars—as well as the supporting cast members that show up here and there—I’d really felt the crisis Derek was going through earlier on in the film about the aneurysm and even after getting the disease from the girl at the club. The exchanges between his family members really brought it home and I’d felt sorry for the guy and what he was going through.
Of course, this is a horror movie first and foremost, so you’re probably wondering if this flick gives the scares—and it does…during quite a few intense scenes. Being that Derek is turning into a vampire, you all have to understand that we’re not dealing with the Twilight vampires here, that this is the common creature that burns when in sunlight and needs to feed on blood. Craving blood is what really turns things up for Derek as the longer he goes without it, the more he metamorphoses into the monster that he’s becoming. It’s during these times that we’re treated to some really intense scenes where we don’t know how far he’ll go to get blood. Putting yourself in Clif’s shoes during these moments is pretty terrifying.
I won’t go any further because there are quite a few surprises that make this a fun film to watch and, of course, you’re going to want to find out how it ends. I don’t know if these guys are planning a sequel, because there’s definitely room for them to explore that possibility, but the movie was pretty solid when looking back at it and I certainly made it a point to add the Blu-Ray to my collection.
My final “bit” on Afflicted?
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