I swear, we’re really not trying to do ONLY found footage horror, but we came across Jack Thomas Smith’s bloody trail of revenge Infliction a few months ago and since then, we’ve been straight up NEEDING to see it. Apparently we’re not the only ones. Most recently, they had a successful screening at the Days of the Dead horror convention in Atlanta just 2 weeks ago. This screening follows a laundry list of other convention showings and film festival selections and by all accounts, the film has received favorable reviews. Guess what? We’re here to completely agree.
The film is formatted as assembled documentation of two brothers who set out on a murderous rampage. You’ll soon learn their reasoning, and let me tell you, you’ll effing cringe. Guaranteed.
Me thinks I’ll go with my favorite method of listing the “Yippeeee’s” and the “Ughhhhh’s” to accurately portray my feelings about this film. Three of each, for your reading pleasure (hopefully):
Above all, I loved the story behind the film. Absolutely. It’s definitely a breath of fresh air and a welcome contrast from the stuff that’s being shat forth from every nook and cranny of the horror genre. It goes where few films have gone before, and I loved it.
We tag-lined the photo over on our images page “The family that slays together, stays together”, so the concept of the killers being related was also nice to see. It gave the film a little something extra beyond just two dudes driving around, killin' up folks. Knowing that the bond of family transcends what’s right and wrong was definitely cool to witness. Blood is thicker than water, right? Well, usually…
I enjoyed the kill scenes for sure. Specifically, the last ones are the real trophy winners in this film.
I don’t fault the movie for being found footage. There are aspects you can gain from FF that you can’t get otherwise, and certainly that’s true in this film, but in my opinion I would’ve loved to see this film as scripted narrative. I think it would’ve helped the flow of the film in a different way and also made it so we didn’t always have to see the two brothers holding cameras and adorning their vehicle in action cams. It was a small distraction. I’m really just nit picking here.
While the brothers were certainly committed to their cause, there were times that each of them had a sudden change of heart, but then they’d refocus on their mission. It almost felt too forced. Like, the sequences were just put in there for a change of pace, though I think the movie still would’ve stood strongly without them. I didn’t dislike them by any means, I just didn’t think they were necessary maybe?
As it was FF, there were also little to no soundtrack or sound effects. That makes sense of course, but it also goes back to me commenting on seeing it as a scripted narrative. The silence almost made for awkward silence during a couple of the kill scenes.
All that said, I did absolutely enjoy the film. I love talking about the good points of any film, but if I didn’t say anything about things I didn’t like so much…well, that’d just be shitty and unrealistic. That’s the point of reviews, right?
Infliction is available through many VoD formats, so if you have the time, it’s a solid watch that definitely deserves your attention. Hats off to writer/director Smith and the entire crew for creating a great grassroots horror film with new twists and turns. Don’t miss out on seeing this! You can also check out the film's happenings on Twitter @InflictionFilm.
I'm giving the film a solid 6 out of 10 cleavers, and I'm going straight home and hugging my ma-dukes and pops.