At this point, the found footage horror marketplace is so crowded that new productions need to either feature a giant concept or a huge twist. Clif Prowse and Derek Lee reportedly have at least one of those in the bag in their Fantastic Fest hit Afflicted.
Lee and Prowse star in the film – which they also wrote and directed – as versions of themselves (early on in this first trailer, you’ll hear the duo’s characters introduced by their real names) who embark on a year-long worldwide trip that they plan to document and sell for a whole bunch o’ money. Sounds fun, right? Woooo! Woo! Think again!
The film’s first trailer effectively sets up a creepy mood right away, as after the dudes gleefully set out on their journey, entries into their travel log are spliced into the trailer, most of which don’t show a pair of friends having a wonderful time as they explore new places and faces. This stuff is straight up eerie – and then it gets a big twist. Although Derek looks sickly in the first few frames of the creepy portion of the trailer, he soon heals up, and pretty miraculously.
You can start drawing comparisons to Chronicle right now, because Afflicted swiftly becomes a breathless documentation of Derek’s unbelievable change from regular guy to dude with superhero abilities. Derek can do all sorts of fun things – run fast! Jump off buildings and not die! Smash concrete! – but although he and Clif have fun with the discovery of it all at first, that soon changes.
Afflicted will be in limited theaters and on VOD on April 4.
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