Best friends Derek and Clif embark on the trip of a lifetime, planning to travel to the ends of the earth, see the world, and live life to the fullest, while documenting their adventures via video footage posted to their website. But things take a dark and bloody turn when, following an amorous encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris, Derek starts to show signs of a mysterious affliction. Now, thousands of miles from home, they must race to uncover the source of Derek’s illness before it consumes him completely.
The debut feature of directors Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, Afflited is one of a small by notable number of recent found footage horror films – others include Willow Creek and Delivery – that seem determined to prove that there's life in this seemingly exhausted genre yet.
While few are shouting its virtues from the rooftops, the general opinion is that it delivers on scares and creepy atmosphere and is a lot smarter than most of the tawdry knock-offs in the sub-genre. The horror press have unsurprisingly been the most enthusiastic, with FearNet calling it "truly impressive… and seriously creepy" and Arrow in the Head labelling it "the most impressive found-footage thriller since Chronicle." But they're not aone, with DVD Verdict assuring us that "For a first feature film, this is excellent work and those who have soured on the idea of first person horror take note. Lee and Prowse do the subgenre right. Highly entertaining and definitely recommended."
Afflicted will be released on UK DVD (now how is it that when it comes to found footage horror, we only get a DVD and the US gets a Blu-ray?) on 6th October 2014 by Entertainment One at the RRP of £12.99.
So what about extra features? Erm... doesn't look like there are any.
At least we have a trailer...