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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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There's life yet in the found-footage horror genre.
"Afflicted" is as emotionally involving as a really accomplished special-effects sizzle reel.
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.
A nifty found-footage thriller that marks a promising debut for writing-directing duo Clif Prowse and Derek Lee.
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.
...illustrates the full cycle of evolution that the genre has endured since it first creeped us out.
Although "Afflicted" is light on truly frightening moments, it compensates with plenty of personality and chill.
There's no beauty or inspiration in the film's shooting style, and most importantly, no terror. If this is "ingenious" horror filmmaking, as the programme note suggests, get me off this planet.
Despite thinking you may know where the story is headed, it continually subverts expectations and in places it doesn't, there's at least quality entertainment.
This isn't the most exhilarating or groundbreaking endeavor of the horror genre, yet its cinematic and visual modus operandi works like a charm.
Rather than letting their budgetary constraints hold back their story, Prowse and Lee let their stunning visuals and compelling story do all the heavy lifting, creating a horror tale that's as scary as it is endearing.
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.
The hand held camera is the new weapon of choice for the horror film maker..all since Blair Witch. In some cases it works masterfully. In other cases, it is horrible. Call this one somewhere in between. Lots of interesting elements ruined by horrible characters and a loopy storyline.
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.
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.
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.
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