What is it that holds society together?
I would hypothesize that the answer to that question has changed over time. A thousand years ago, it was stone. Today, it’s concrete and steel. And no, I am not speaking in just a literal sense. When the great societies that we have built begin to crumble around us, how long will it take before we as a species descend into animalistic violence?
If you have to ask that question, you clearly have not been watching enough horror films. Or your faith in humanity is much too strong. Either way, remedy that immediately.
Recently, Eli Roth revealed that Aftershock, which he co-wrote with Guillermo Amoedo and Nicolas Lopez, and in which he is also starring, will make its debut during Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is also directed by Nicolas Lopez and co-stars Selena Gomez. The plot centers on an American tourist who is visiting Chile when a massive earthquake ravages the region. After escaping from the fresh ruins of an underground nightclub, the tourist and his companions must confront the human anarchy brought about by the shattered fault lines.
Roth has proven himself to be more than capable behind the camera (Hostel) and in front of it (Inglourious Basterds). A presence such as he is welcome in any genre, but especially in horror.
And once again, it seems that we may have a title with a double meaning. Scientifically, an aftershock refers to recurring tremors in the Earth’s surface after an earthquake. Sometimes, they are weaker than the initial quake, and sometimes they are stronger. Will we see a scientific aftershock or two in this film? I’m sure we will see them at the thematically appropriate times, but I believe the title will hold a much deeper, psychological, emotional meaning. What are humans capable of when chaos reigns? Some will take the moral stance as leaders. Most will panic and be of little use to anyone. And then there are those who would relish in the new lawlessness. The human mind can only take so much. The psychological trauma of a natural disaster is enough to break most. So what happens when we witness something worse? What happens when even after Mother Earth throws everything she has at us, we respond by continuing to prove that we are the worst plague upon this planet. We respond by reminding Earth that we are capable of more destruction that she ever could be.
And what do we call that? We call it an aftershock.
Check out more of the released pics below, and if you find yourself in Toronto on September 6th-16th, be sure to check out Aftershock. Just be glad Toronto is not on a major fault line . . . that we are aware of.
Source: Bloody Disgusting