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Afflicted (2014)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 5

It isn't without its share of clichés, but Afflicted proves there's still life in the found-footage horror genre.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

It isn't without its share of clichés, but Afflicted proves there's still life in the found-footage horror genre.

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This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted. Winner: Best Picture (Horror), Best Screenplay (Horror), Best Director (Horror) at Fantastic Fest, and recipient of awards of recognition from the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sitges

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Jul 1, 2014

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (5)

There's life yet in the found-footage horror genre.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Runs smack into a number of generic clichés, from the back-and-forth bickering about how to deal with the situation to a lazy underlying misogyny.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A nifty found-footage thriller that marks a promising debut for writing-directing duo Clif Prowse and Derek Lee.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
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Ambitious in scope and practically flawless in execution, Afflicted is good news for horror fans seeking something fresh and chilling from two impressively assured young filmmakers.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Nonetheless, we all know this terrain pretty well by now, and as Derek begins to change, each phase of his transformation feels overly familiar to anyone with a working knowledge of popular horror tropes.

March 31, 2014 Full Review Source: TheWrap
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Puts enough of a new spin on old nightmares to stake a claim all its own.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Afflicted may be slightly more entertaining than most others films of the same type, but it's still unable to hide the fact that it's just as empty as most of them as well.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

When it comes to the ongoing cycle of handheld horror films at the local movie theater, there are far worse choices than a movie like Afflicted.

June 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
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Lee and Prowse clearly have filmmaking abilities, but Afflicted doesn't feel complete. It's more of a cinematic sharpening stone than a deeply considered merging of genre and style.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

A mix of "Innocent Blood," and Cronenberg's "The Fly," with a hefty injection of "Chronicle."

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The best found-footage movie since CHRONICLE. Ambitious, and beautifully shot.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

"Afflicted" is as emotionally involving as a really accomplished special-effects sizzle reel.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

"Found footage" has become a tired technique, but Lee and Prowse, who also wrote the screenplay, give it new life.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

smart enough to fill the void with an intriguing idea, effectively executed

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

Multiple shots are thrillingly disorienting without straying into incoherence-a tricky line to walk-and it's genuinely hard to tell whether certain effects [...] are practical or computer-generated.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

...illustrates the full cycle of evolution that the genre has endured since it first creeped us out.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

[Afflicted] evokes the escalating panic of a nightmare far better than the usual cheap horror film.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: ScreenCrush
ScreenCrush

Afflicted is an unconventional horror movie with the guts to successfully reinvent not only one stale horror subgenre - but two.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Cool, creepy stuff that should please horror nuts and relative scaredy-cats in equal measure.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: FEARnet
FEARnet

...the movie's appealing, affable atmosphere [is] perpetuated by both the first-person presentation and the personable nature of the two central characters.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A step in the right direction for the burgeoning filmmaking style that still needs to figure out how to tell stories as inventive as its techniques, or at least find ways not to completely discombobulate viewers with the ones they're telling now.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: GeekNation
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Audience Reviews for Afflicted

Afflicted is not just a near perfect horror movie (or movie in general), it's an inspiration to all of us that no matter how tired a genre is (in this case vampires and found footage), creative filmmakers can find a way to reinvent it. A genuinely scary, exciting new masterpiece to the greatest genre ever.
It's unfortunate that the film has to tread territory that is all too familiar to the audience. But sometimes, it's not about the story you tell; it's how well you tell it. Afflicted uses the cliches of the horror genre and injects the cool back into them (which is why they became cliches in the first place).
Clif Prowse and Derek Lee show real ingenuity with creating special effects, staging action, and building mystery. With $300,000 they were able to make a better film than any $300 million Hollywood studio production to come out in over a decade.
August 5, 2014
MovieGeek13

Super Reviewer

The found footage genre is a genre of horror films that has been done over and over again, every idea has been explored, and every concept has been done to the point where every film that has been released is predictable. Nonetheless Afflicted manages to be a pretty good film despite the fact that it doesn't reinvent the genre. The cast do a fine job in their performances, and the way the story progresses it steadily adds tension, and the result is an impressive film that manages to exceed expectations despite the fact that it's a found footage affair. Afflicted is a good picture because the filmmakers don't overdo anything, and they manage to keep it simple, therefore you're more involved in the film, and you steadily have a growing fear which makes this one of the best films in the genre since V/H/S. Despite not breaking new grounds, it's nonetheless a skillfully crafted film, a genre film that will surely appeal to a viewer looking for a found footage with genuine chills, and that's where most found footage films fail, they opts for formulaic, predictable scares which in the long run don't work and bore the viewer. With Afflicted there are moments that are scary, bone chilling and unnerving, the way a good horror film should be. Afflicted succeeds on several levels and it's a film that is well worth your time, especially if you enjoy this particular genre of horror films. The film is not perfect, but it has enough chills and shocks to make it a memorable film to watch, and there are enough chills here to grab your attention from start to finish.
July 14, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

My love for found footage films... this is right up there.. I didnt watch more than a couple of seconds of the trailer cus I didnt want to spoil it, and I'm glad I didn't because this film had so much of a surprise for me AND YOU! totally suggest checking this out - all though I doubt a sequel will happen, I would love one.
May 10, 2014
Shawn Montague

Super Reviewer

It's a rather well made entry into the hand held genre with mixed results. The main problem is that it's clearly trying to be surprising and pulling "intelligent" twists here and there but it doesn't take a PhD on quantum physics to understand what's really going on here and since there's not much originality on the mythos it's exploring, it becomes kinda dreadful to endure at times, thanks to the overload of clichés and the lack of scares or subtetly.

Fortunently, our protagonists are likeable enough and we got experience their angst and frustration which is rare on the genre. Add some neat parkour segments and Afflicted is worth a shot in the end.
May 24, 2014
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Francisco Godinho

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