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Afraid DVD Review

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You should be afraid to actually sit through this.

In “Afraid,” a couple (George and Alanna) rent a cabin in the woods for a romantic getaway, but things are not sunshine and roses for this couple as the relationship is on the verge of ending. Worse still, creepy things begin to occur at the cabin. Are they alone or are things not as they seem?

Clocking in it at 80 minutes (not the 125 minutes listed on the back cover for some reason), “Afraid” is a snooze fest of a gimmicky thriller. I say gimmicky because the movie is told entirely through hidden cameras to give viewers the impression that the cabin’s owner is spying on the couple via an elaborate security camera system. The owner is also apparently a hacker as he’s constantly hacking into phones, TVs, among other things. If all of this sounds familiar, that’s because the movie borrows from such films as “The Strangers,” “My Little Eye,” and even “Silence of the Lambs” to a degree with the night vision creeping.

Now, some readers out there might be wondering if “Afraid” is at least scary. It’s not. The movie is a grab bag of horror cliches including a spooky score (which doesn’t fit at all), an obvious twist ending, loud noises, shots of a dark figure, writing on the wall, and so on. Most of the film is comprised of the couple quarreling and or having lame small talk. The two actors Alanna Masterson and George Byrne have zero chemistry together and, as such, viewers will likely have no attachment to the characters.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9. How does it look? Despite the gimmicky style, the movie looks surprisingly decent even in standard definition.

Audio Track: 5.1 Surround. How does it sound? Everything sounds like it has a microphone on it which can be annoying to be sure. It’s an average track at best.

The only extras are Well Go USA Entertainment and “Afraid” trailers.

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September 30, 2018 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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