AFFLICTED written and directed by Derek Lee.
AFFLICTED written and directed by Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, with Lee, Prowse, Michael Gill and Jason Lee. An eOne release. 85 minutes. Opens Friday (April 4). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNNN
Afflicted does so much so well, it’s impossible not to be charmed by it. Writer/directors Clif Prowse and Derek Lee play versions of themselves on a trek around the world following Lee’s potentially terminal brain aneurism diagnosis. Prowse brings along camera gear to document their globe-trotting.
A week into their trip, Lee begins exhibiting strange symptoms following a questionable hookup in Paris. He can punch through walls. His skin blisters in the sunlight. He craves human blood.
The shift from MTV-edited travelogue to superhero flick to supernatural horror movie is seamless.
Even though the premise of “filming everything” feels stretched in places, Prowse and Lee’s found-footage format hides some serious SFX in its lo-fi set-up.