The summer blockbuster movie season continues this weekend with Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. But if the thought of all that big-budget glitz and glamour makes you want to scream, check out the low-budget guts and gore of this week's "Sleeper to See," which was intentionally designed to make you scream..in terror!
THE MOVIE: Aftershock
THE DIRECTOR: Acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Nicolás López (Promedio Rojo) makes his English-language debut with an assist from American co-producer and horror impresario Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel).
THE CAST: Roth also co-stars as "Gringo" in a cast mostly comprised of unknown foreign actors. However, look out for Spring Breaker Selena Gomez, who continues her “party movie” tour with a quick cameo as a club-goer who rejects Roth’s advances.
THE STORY: When an earthquake erupts in Chile, a group of tourists barely survive being trapped in an underground nightclub. Little do they know, the real terror waits above ground, where criminals from a collapsed prison now roam free.
THE BUZZ: Aftershock was an audience favorite at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it screened as part of the "Midnight Madness" series. Critics, however, are a bit divided on the film. While Newsday calls it a "titillating exercise in horror," USA Today ponders, "Who would want to sit through this movie, given the sadistic mayhem the audience is subjected to?"
THE VERDICT: The answer to the last critical query is obvious: horror fans, who made big hits out of Eli Roth’s other Americans-in-foreign peril movies Hostel and Hostel: Part II. The deaths cross gender, nationality, race and the likability scale, in ways that involve bone-crunching injury and severed limbs--so if that kind of thing is your bag, Aftershock delivers enough fun and frightening moments to register high for solid genre entertainment.
Sleepers to See, Halloween, Horror 2013
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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