Infliction (2014)

Jason Mac, Elliott Armstrong, Ana Shaw, Catherine Trail,
Infliction is a movie starring Jason Mac, Elliott Armstrong, and Ana Shaw. In 2011, two brothers documented their murder spree in North Carolina. This is the actual assembled footage.
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  • Jack Thomas Smith, Director:
  • Mike Smith, James Steurer, Producer:


8 / 10

An interesting commentary on the system and society, well worth a watch!

Infliction is the story of two brothers,in 2011, who documented their murder spree in North Carolina. This is the actual assembled footage. The question is what prompted this spree, and why did these two brothers feel the need to document it? Well to get those answers you will have to watch this one for yourself!

What I will say about is Infliction is this...

Infliction is a story of failures, failures of the communities we live in, failures of the agencies put in place to help protect us, and failures of personal responsibility we all have to make things better (or worse) for the people we see every day. Its a dark look at what happens when we fail to do what is morally right because we either don't want to get involved or don't know how to through the bureaucracy of systems set in place.

When you look at the film there are a lot of interesting things going on, some of which may really get under your skin, enraging and depressing you all at once. Its a well written story with a focus on the culmination of the choices made by others and the effect they had on these two brothers, not just for the day but everyday of their lives there after, how they shaped and molded them, in turn eventually setting into place the decisions that they make to exact retribution.

It could easily be set in any area of the country, on any given day. Its a film that once seen, we realize we watch some portion of in every newspaper on news broadcast, almost daily, and that is part of the force behind this film and what makes it so powerful, and disturbing. I have no doubt that this is a story that will resonate with many viewers.

Infliction boasts performances that are above average for small budget indie films, all the main players are easy to watch, some stronger than others, but all in all well rounded. I felt like some of the dialogue was slightly over scripted, taking away from the organic feel that you want a found footage film to have, but the story was strong enough to make it easy to look past that when it happened. Personally I found Ana Shaw to be a huge standout in this one, she is spot one. She feels very organic, delivers some stirring, raw emotional scenes, and has a very complex character that she just plays to a tee. She steals the scene when on screen with her very powerful performance, making it hard not to watch her regardless of what else is happening around her. The role played by Don Henderson Baker is also one worth special mention. He plays his part a as callous, cold and completely unsympathetic character so well I found it hard not to enjoy him in a villainous sort of way, hes just a mean cantankerous SOB that your going to love to hate.

Infliction starts a little slow, but if you stick with it you are rewarded quite handsomely with a film that really comes together, answering the deep questions in a way that's a bit more twisted than you'd probably guess. The action and pace get ratcheted up at about the mid point making the last half just fly by, with consequences for our characters that are farther reaching than we could have imagined going in, and ending in cavalcade of bloodshed that was really quite well done. And once the credits roll, that's when you see the testament to the films success (or failure), because this is a film not meant just to entertain. Infliction is a film that is meant to make a statement, and only you can say whether it spoke to you, inspired a conversation, or left you reflecting on the choices you have made, or would like to believe you would make given similar moral dilemmas in your life. Just remember the choices you make when the time comes will affect generations, so make them carefully!


10 / 10

Warning! Not For Everyone...Story Driven, Intelligent Film

This film is clearly not for everyone. If you don't like story driven films, don't have an attention span or are expecting excessive mindless gore, this isn't the film you're looking for..move along. I downloaded this over the weekend and LOVED it! I have never seen a film like this. Ever. Found footage films are usually about paranormal activity or people getting tortured simply for shock value. INFLICTION is unlike either of those types of films. Although, I did have to look away during some of the extremely graphic scenes, this film is carried by the horrific story that unfolds through the eyes of two brothers who have reason to document their revenge the way they did. I don't want to give too much away, but I want to be very honest in my review to ensure true film lovers who enjoy intelligent and well done cinema that this is a film not to be missed!

10 / 10

Good scary fun!

I'm not usually a fan of the genre, but Infliction is just too good to pass up. In what is definitely the best found-footage film I've seen, twists and turns are prevalent but never absurd, which only helps to bolster the movies authentic tone. In other words, after seeing the film, I genuinely have no idea whether or not it is actual real footage, or just amazing actors and crew. Infliction is the kind of scary that really gets under my skin. It takes place in a town that is sure to seem familiar to many, and its characters are the kind of people I'm sure you've met before. It all feels like something this this could happen in your town at any second. It's that real world feel that really adds to the movies already terrifying story.

I don't want to give anything away, so all I will say is buckle up and get ready for an intense and scary ride!

10 / 10

What's on the tapes???

The trailer is freaking awesome first off, but that doesn't even touch the whole entire film. Every family has a story,I get it but this family is seriously screwed up!!! Sick..I can't even imagine what the guy went through who put this footage together. I still can't get certain images out of my head and I usually watch pretty twisted stuff. What I like about this is that I couldn't stop watching it once it started, it's a weird type of film because it's all from these guys cameras but I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen! I've never wanted to really review a film on here, but this one is so different, I just had to. Can't wait to see it again!

10 / 10

One of the best found footage films yet

This is a really intense film, it makes the viewer stop and think about society and the effects of a persons upbringing after seeing it. I'd never heard of the films creator Jack Thomas Smith but I have to say, he did an excellent job with the production of this movie. I've been doing some research on him I've learned a lot just from the information that I found on this site. Mr. Smith has a definite talent for creating suspense within the limited framework of found footage. I believe he's going places in the industry. I found a good interview with him at; which by the was is an awesome horror site that's jammed full of great content!!!