Saturday, October 4, 2014

Afflicted 2013


     Derek learns from his doctor that he has Ateriovenous Malformation (AVM).  This means he has an abnormal connection between arteries and veins that bypass the capillary system in his brain.  It can cause intense pain or bleeding that could rupture and cause him to die without any warning.  Derek and Clif are best friends and they decide to travel the world for a year in order for Derek to live his life to the fullest.  Clif is going to film this as a documentary and he has brought a collection of film equipment.  They go to a bar in Barcelona and Derek meets a girl but it doesn’t go as planned.  The next morning, Clif wakes Derek up and he has a severe cut above his left eyebrow and a bloody deep cut on his left arm.  Clif wants him to go to the hospital but Derek wants to stay as far away from doctors as possible for as long as he can.  These injuries start to change Derek causing him to be unable to eat and when he does eat, the food doesn’t stay down.  He has trouble with his eyes, he seems to be getting stronger and able to run faster.
     I was slightly nervous and a little bit scared to start watching this film because of the dreaded horror/thriller genre.  I could only watch for about 20 minutes.  Everything is definitely not what it seems but not in a horrific or thrilling way?  I wonder if this film was just a way to pay for a vacation of a year?  1 ½* (I really didn’t like this movie)

85 min, Horror/Thriller directed by Derek Lee and Clif Prowse with Michael Gill, Derek Lee, Cliff Prowse, Baya Rehaz, Benjamin Zeitoun.

Note:  Imdb 6.3 out of 10, 79% critic 59% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*.

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