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Interview: Aftershock’s Eli Roth

Eli-Roth-AftershockWhen you put Eli Roth’s name on a film, you know what you’re getting, but only to a degree. There are just no bounds to how far this guy will go to tear helpless victims apart in the most gruesome ways possible and in this case, that means flying down to Chile to shoot a post-earthquake bloodbath.

Roth both produced and stars in the film as Gringo, an American divorcee looking to let loose and have a good time with his buddy Ariel (Ariel Levy), and Ariel’s lifelong friend, Pollo (Nicholás Martínez). While the guys are soaking up the Chile nightlife with their new lady friends Monica, Kylie, and Irina (Andrea Osvárt, Lorenza Izzo, Natasha Yarovenko) the fun comes to a crashing halt when the region is rocked by a devastating earthquake. As if surviving the mid-quake destruction inside the nightclub isn’t enough, once the group hits the surface, they’re faced with tsunami sirens, vicious escaped convicts, and more.

While in New York supporting the film’s May 10th limited release, Roth sat down with a group of journalists to discuss working in Chile, dealing with the lingering sentiments surrounding the earthquake of 2010, the lasting effect of horror versus other genres and more. Check it all out for yourself in the video below and catch “Aftershock” in theaters tomorrow.

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Review: Aftershock

Aftershock-PosterIf you’re into Eli Roth-style gore, “Aftershock” is satisfying enough – period.

Gringo’s (Eli Roth) enjoying some time in Chile with his buddy Ariel (Ariel Levy) and Ariel’s lifelong friend Pollo (Nicholás Martínez). Courtesy of Pollo’s minor celebrity status and seemingly bottomless bank account, the guys get access to all the hottest parties and the chance to take some ladies along for the ride. The divorced Gringo, recently single Ariel and ever-horny Pollo are thrilled to take their new Hungarian friends Irina, Kylie, and Monica  (Natasha Yarovenko, Lorenza Izzo, and Andrea Osvárt) to one of the best local parties. It’s all flirting, booze, and dancing at first, but after a devastating earthquake strikes the region, their big night out is consumed by bone crushing destruction, violent escaped convicts, and a lot of blood.

But before we get to the carnage, “Aftershock” uses its first act to offer up a little character development. The guys’ situations are pretty cut and dry, but, nevertheless, suffice to earn some compassion. The ladies, on the other hand, are far harder to track courtesy of an underdeveloped script. Kylie and Monica are sisters, but two entirely different people. Monica is obsessed with her mission to keep Kylie from drinking, but her efforts are so fruitless, it’s pathetic. Her desperation to keep her sister sober also begs the question, why? Is Kylie a recovering addict? Maybe she’s pregnant? The more attention the situation gets, the more likely it seems we’ll get some plot twisting family secret to explain it all, but we don’t, so the whole scenario winds up doing nothing more than making both girls people you’d rather not hang out with. Irina, on the other hand, seems pretty cool. She’s got a young son back home, likes to party, and is also kind and friendly, but, again, we’re left with questions; why is she there? Is she Kylie’s friend or Monica’s friend? For all we know, she only first met Monica and Kylie on this trip, too.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

DjangoUnchainedThrow all the horror movie spoofs, celebrity cameos, gross-out jokes and slapstick gags into a trailer you want, but that’s not getting it into the Best Stuff, Scary Movie 5. And, you know what? The same goes to you, A Haunted House!

The Best Stuff

1.  Django Unchained Trailer: Django Unchained rolled into its wide release with a bang. Unlike most of the earlier trailers, this one ditches the Brittle brothers bit and puts the focus on Django’s search for Broomhilda. It’s got a great fresh feel all while keeping in the confines of the world courtesy of the wildly appropriate John Legend tune and unforgettable imagery.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

What’s better than a little vicious gore and some animated innocence for your best movie promos of the week? Certainly not the dull quartet, the cut-and-paste Miley Cyrus and the blurry carnage that make up the worst.


The Best Stuff

1.Wreck-It Ralph Trailer: As if the basics of Wreck-It Ralph aren’t charming enough, theatrical trailer number two suggests this isn’t just a movie rocking an appealing core concept; it’s a well thought-out world that’s just oozing with nuance, heart and nostalgia. Cue FUN’s “Some Nights” at the most opportune time, and you can add chills to that list, too.

2. Frankenweenie Clip: Forget content and performances — stop-motion animation makes any material magical. But, even better, based on this first clip from Frankenweenie, the material in Tim Burton’s latest looks to match the wildly palpable visuals. Mr. Rzykruski certainly sells the tough teacher act, but his method isn’t just ranting and raving, it’s ranting and raving in a manner that bears a smart and eerie degree of truth.

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