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THE AFFLICTED
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Reviewed by: Zombie Boy

Directed by: Jason Stoddard

Starring:
Leslie Easterbrook
Kane Hodder
JD Hart

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
The matriarch of a small-town family brutalizes her daughters in the name of Jesus.
Is it good movie?
“Mother Maggie” is a seriously bent woman. After her husband attempts to leave her – and pays a huge price for it – she turns her vicious attentions to her teenaged daughters, whom she beats, pimps out, and in one instance actually shoots. Only her son is spared. She instead makes him complicit in disposing of the bodies. There is another character named Cowboy Prophet (or Cowboy Profit, according to IMDb: perhaps a word play since he is a televangelist) whose main purpose as a potential love interest for Maggie seems to be filling out the running time.

Whoops. I guess I gave away the farm with that last line. To make a long story short, the only afflicted person around here is me, for having to watch this unwatchable film. It is a complete mess from frame one. The actresses playing the daughters are young, and so their hamminess can be chalked up to inexperience, but Leslie Eastbrook has been around the cinematic block a few times. She really plays to the cheap seats in this film, so much so that it’s hard to tell if she is affecting a southern accent or is just having a hard time getting the dialogue out past her mouthful of scenery.

First-time director Jason Stoddard has mainly spent his time on films in the sound department, which maybe can account for the muddy photography and for just about every shot in the film being a close-up. Maybe he was going for a claustrophobic effect, but I just felt damned crowded the whole time. I know it can account for the pacing problems in the film. There were several scenes in dire need of trimming. In the end, there was just nothing here. It’s all histrionics and little substance.

And if you want to see the film for the second-billed Kane Hodder, don’t: he’s barely in it.
Video / Audio
Video: Screener

Audio: Screener
The Extras
Screener
Last Call
I hate to be heavy-handed, but this is just a bad film. I have nothing good to say about it. The acting is histrionic, the characters lacking any depth or nuance, and the pacing very poor. I wish nothing but success and happiness for the entire cast and crew, but cannot endorse this film at all. Avoid.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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