Design By Humans
Published On: Thu, May 9th, 2013

FILM: Aftershock

AftershockI confess. I’m a sucker for films set in Chile. Maybe it’s because I wrote a book set in Chile. Maybe it’s because I’ve always wanted to go to Chile. That said, I wouldn’t want to be a tourist in Chile experiencing what the tourist group in Eli Roth’s gory road trip experience Aftershock did, which is set in that country.

Not as bloody as it could be by half, the film begins with Gringo (played by Roth) attempting to enjoy the end of his Chilean vacation with ersatz tour guides Pollo (Nicolas Martinez) and Ariel (Ariel Levy). Looking for some action, bar hopping, the trio meet up with sexy American step sisters and their Russian friend, and they head off for a night of drinking in Valpariso.

After disaster hits a busy night club, and chaos reigns, the formulaic but fun – caveat, you must like this genre for it to be fun – disposal of these characters in classic horror film style, begins.

Are there jumps, bumps, and cringe or scream worthy moments? Yes. Did the scenes of Chile satisfy my craving for a visit to the country? Yes. Not the be all or bloody end all of this genre, not exactly a travel tribute to Chile either, but for those craving horror and chaos in a foreign setting, it fits the bill well.

Aftershock will open in theaters nationwide tomorrow, May 10.

About the Author

- Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and produced screen and television writer. New books include the romantic suspense of Executive Impulse (Crimson); more romance and mystery with Between the Sheets (Entangled), co-written with Linda Marr; and the mystery thriller Marathon (Five Star/Cenage). Her previous titles include the award winning romantic suspense of The Model Man and Five O’Clock Shadow (Kensington); the literary fiction of Dreamtown (FictionWorks), and the erotic novella Rodeo Man (as Nikki Alton) in The Cowboy anthology (Aphrodisia). In film, her work spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy with an emphasis on independent film. A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, she’s written on staff for ABC-TV’s Port Charles; written, produced, and directed reality programming and documentaries for TLC, Lifetime, PBS, and HGTV, as well as numerous television commercials and corporate videos. She’s also written hundreds of articles on travel, love, the arts, writing, tech, food, parenting, and more.

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FILM: Aftershock