Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Afflicted (2010)

After an interesting day at work, and a unfruitful trip to the lake, I decided to kick back and watch something a bit different. This one was more of a drama or thriller than clear-cut horror entry, but who cares. It is always good to change things up. The selection from 2010 is The Afflicted from Midnight Releasing.  

Plot/ This is a  story of incomprehensible abuse delivered by an explosively violent mother of four and a journey through the mind of a child that experiences a living hell, defined and defended by the twisted religious beliefs of her mother.

Let me start by saying this was a dark, twisted and unsettling journey into a disturbing topic. As a parent, I could never imagine falling into the trappings of abuse in any way, and was quite disturbed. This was a interesting flick, with solid cinematography, good acting and a dark storyline. More of a thriller or drama than horror, it definitely seems to cross genres and may not have a true target audience. It is truly unbelievable (especially if it was a true story). Kane Hodder did have a bit part, but was underutilized in his cameo. Yes, it had its flaws and some of it was extremely disturbing, which makes it not for everyone. To me, if you can handle a dark and disturbing flick with realism, check it out.

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