What would you do in the wake of an earthquake? Director Nicolas Lopez upcoming thriller Aftershock poses that question and so many more.
According to Geek Tyrant, the film was co-written by Roth and Lopez. The Hostel director is said to have based the story on the events surrounding the 2010 Chilean earthquake. From the looks of the trailer, Lopez and Roth certainly don’t skimp on the real life horror.
As I’ve gotten older, my interest in horror films have shifted from guys in masks with large knives to things that could actually happen. Although Aftershock appears to contain standard genre elements, I’m much more interested in the human aspect of the story.
The official synopsis reads as follows:
“In Chile an American tourist’s vacation goes from good to great when he meets some beautiful women travelers. But when an earthquake ravages the underground nightclub they are in, a fun night quickly turns to terror. Escaping to the surface is just the beginning as they face the nightmarish chaos above ground.”
While the film has yet to enjoy a proper theatrical run here in the States, director Nicolas Lopez’s English-language has made the proverbial rounds at a number of festivals. The Hollywood Reporter critic Jordan Mintzer had this to say after catching Aftershock at the Toronto Film Festival:
“Given how the torture-porn genre has been waning, credited writers Roth, Lopez, and Guillermo Amodeo bring down the ketchup count considerably here, and ‘Aftershock’ is less of an all-out bloodbath than a throwback to hokey horror and disaster flicks from the 70s and 80s. As such, it should play best as an ancillary item, with theatrical stints in markets where Roth still has some street cred.”
Since reviews rarely matter with movies like Aftershock, chances are the film could do well when it lands in theaters at some point next year.
The trailer does contain a bit of violence, so proceed with caution.
Are you a fan of Eli Roth’s movies? What do you think about the Aftershock trailer?