The new Afflicted trailer proves the shaky cam genre is on a never ending quest for horror domination.
It has included within its ranks topics as diverse as troll hunting, ghosts, possession, devils, superheroes, zombies and is constantly trying to reinvent itself. But after covering so many different variations of horror where does it leave the genre? Well, one possibility is to take the best elements out of other horror genre movies and combine them.
This seems to be the basis of new horror film Afflicted, by relative newcomer director Derek Lee, who also stars in the movie with his script writer and fellow co-director Clif Prowse.
This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted. Winner: Best Picture (Horror), Best Screenplay (Horror), Best Director (Horror) at Fantastic Fest, and recipient of awards of recognition from the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. AFFLICTED is one of the most suspenseful and original action horror debuts in a generation.
The Afflicted trailer’s narrative makes the film look incredibly interesting. Much like a Tarantino film, we are left to try and piece the events together through each flashback, only instead of using flashbacks involving the characters, the film uses diary entries to change up the narrative structure. Because of this we know that something goes horribly wrong for Derek, and his friend Cliff will probably not be safe either.
Now this is not confirmed by the trailer, but the poster below does help to reinforce this notion of possible zombie action. However, there is a chance it could just as easily be a virus or a contamination problem (like in 28 Days Later) which causes superpowers, but also means that the power takes hold of the man rather than the man being in control of the power. With the one night stand element it also felt slightly like David Cronenberg’s Rabid, with the viewer not knowing if the infection was by accident or design. This adds an interesting detective element to the story.
First viewing of the trailer it felt a little like this movie could easily have fit in with the universe that the movie V/H/S created. A world like our own that uses modern technology and our knowledge of it to expand into a universe we never knew existed before.
This is the shaky cam version of a mash up, taking all the best elements of films like Diary of the Dead, Chronicle and The Blair Witch Project and melding them together to form a new entity. The trailer does show huge promise and hopefully the film, when released on April 4 (in cinemas and On Demand) will deliver on the promise shown in the trailer.