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Afflicted ( 2013 ) – Modern Day Vampire Movie

 

Modern Day Vampire Movie

Since watching this modern day vampire movie about a month back I have encountered numerous reviews that seemed not to ‘get’ the film in any way! I think a lot of these so called ‘big film review’ sites have an agenda against Found Footage horror movies. Just to make it clear to the dickhead reviewers out there ( Simon Abrams at rogerebert.com for instance! ) this is actually a Modern Day Vampire Movie so maybe try including that in your review. Don’t try to put perspective fans off by slating a film you did not enjoy by not including the most important film element within your review!

Back to The Film…….

Now we’ve go that out of the way I should really get into the ‘guts’ of this great found footage offering. This was a completely enjoyable experience for me as I had no idea what the topic of this film was about. I saw it was found footage and I went for it straight away – I had no idea of the budget, the directors or the quality beforehand.

This Was Certainly Not a Twilight Movie!

No, this modern day vampire movie was dark, gritty and extremely realistic. It center’s around two friends on a European trip which I found quite refreshing in Found Footage terms ( no dark forest or abandoned asylum here folks! ).

Anyway without hitting to many spoiler points – one of the friends becomes ‘afflicted’ with some sort of disease and he becomes very ill……..at first! Now I’m leaving out the ‘how and why’ he got afflicted with this disease for a very good reason – I don’t want to spoil the experience for you!

D.I.Y.

The directors of this modern day vampire movie decided to basically do it themselves and take over the lead roles. I didn’t realize this until after I had watched the movie and I was quite impressed by how they came over on the silver screen.

I was surprised that some reviews have labelled the movie a low budget effort – I’ll be honest here – I didn’t see that come out at all! Some of the effects and especially the stunts were incredible for a Found Footage effort.

Anyways the two writer/directors are Cliff Prowse and Derek Lee. Watch out for them – they have what it takes to become big names in the horror industry!

An American Werewolf in London?

I did at times think the film took a minor influence off the classic American Werewolf in London. Derek’s condition ( affliction ) seemed to develop in the same sort of way as the hapless werewolf victim’s did in that classic movie. The heightened senses and the almost superhero powers etc, etc.

But this was not really a bad thing – if your going to make good horror then it makes good sense to take some influence from the classics!

Plenty of Emotion

This modern day vampire movie could of gone downhill fast if the characters were unable to show a connection on screen. Thankfully they worked really well together and the concern for the ailing Derek came across as a ‘real’ concern.

They seemed like friends from the start and they remained like friends throughout the film – it worked and it worked well!

Conclusion

As you may have noticed in this review I have not gone to deeply into the story. The idea for this modern day vampire movie is a simple one and also one I could ruin quite easily by throwing out a spoiler!

I thought it was professionally shot, well presented with impressive effects and two competent and believable actors! There’s really not much more you can ask from a Found Footage movie.

So please give this movie a try and avoid the negative-idiot reviews out there. People like that should be reserved for reviewing movies like the Lion King and not let anywhere near the horror genre.

If you have any opinions on this modern day vampire movie please feel free to leave them in the comment section below. We love interaction on this site and try to promote it as often as possible 🙂

Chris

4 Comments

  1. Hey Chris,

    Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of your reviews. My fiance and I have gotten into found footage films together [I’ve always enjoyed them ^_^, she’s just coming around] and your site has been a big help in finding quality pieces.

    We’ve been watching about 4 a week in the evenings before bed for a couple months now, and your site has helped us bypass the lesser offerings and find some really great quality films.

    This one will be added to the queue!

    • Hey there Tyler!
      No problems mate – that’s what we started the site for in the first place 🙂
      Glad you and your missus are enjoying the stuff we post here so much!

  2. I must admit I was a bit sketchy at first about the idea of a found footage horror movie. I appreciate you calling out those idiot reviewers. Who knows what their motives are with reviewing what seems to be a great a film into a bad one.

    I find that a lot of the time these so-called expert reviewers have a hidden agenda – they stick up for the films that are in their sector…that allow them to progress as a critic somehow…

    What do you feel about this?

    I’m glad you mentioned the Afflicted may have gotten an influence from Werewolf in London, and I agree with you on your opinion. Through your perspective it makes me want to see this movie more – it seems a little different than most Found Footage efforts!

    Can’t wait to watch it!

    Jonathan

    • Hi there Jonathan,

      That’s a pretty cool perspective you have there on more ‘typical’ reviewers – I have to say I agree with you (unfortunately!). It’s almost as if they want to stay in with the ‘it crowd’ and wait for the first big boy reviewer to get his/her opinion out…and then follow suit!

      I’m glad you like the sound of Afflicted – it’s a pretty enjoyable experience and it has some really cool scenes. Pop back here once you’ve watched it and let us know what you think – most people use this site to air their own personal opinions on films (which is really cool!).

      Great speaking with you! 🙂

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