Eli Roth co-writes and stars in this grisly disaster movie
Aftershock was probably the biggest film of the FrightFest weekend, mainly because star/co-writer/horror icon Eli Roth was in the house for the screening (along with director Nicolás López and co-star Lorenza Izzo), a real coup for the festival.
The film starts as a goofy vacation movie following Gringo (Roth) partying with his pals in Chile. Then an earthquake hits while they are clubbing and literally turns their world upside down. Nature creates the disaster but it soon turns into man vs man as they scrabble for safety amongst the wreckage, their plight further complicated by a gang of escaped prisoners on the rampage.
Packed with black comedy (there’s a particularly amusing scene involving a severed hand) it’s all in good fun with plenty of jump frights and dollops of icky gore. Towards the end it takes on a darker tone as the threats become nastier and more real, with people becoming desperate and resorting their baser primal survival instincts. It was a big crowd pleaser with at least one splattery death scene getting a round of applause from the FrightFest faithful. There are a few plot holes and weak motivations exhibited by various characters but the sheer energy on display makes it easy enough to suspend disbelief.
Another great Q&A followed, with Roth preaching to the converted, joined by López and Izzo for plenty of behind the scenes chat on Aftershock, the up-coming Green Inferno and filming in Chile.
Aftershock was shown as part of FrightFest at Glasgow Film Festival 2013.