Aftershock (2012 film)

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This article is about the 2012 film. For the 2010 film of the same name, see Aftershock (2010 film).
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US theatrical release poster
Directed by Nicolás López
Produced by Eli Roth
Brian Oliver
Miguel Asensio
Screenplay by Eli Roth
Nicolàs López
Guillermo Amoedo
Story by Eli Roth
Nicolàs López
Starring Eli Roth
Andrea Osvárt
Ariel Levy
Natasha Yarovenko
Nicolas Martinez
Lorenza Izzo
Music by Manuel Riviero
Cinematography Antonio Quercia[1]
Edited by Diego Macho Gómez[1]
Cross Creek Pictures
Dragonfly Entertainment
Distributed by Dimension Films[2]
Release dates
  • September 11, 2012 (2012-09-11) (TIFF)[3]
  • May 10, 2013 (2013-05-10) (United States)[4]
Running time 89 minutes[5]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million[6]
Box office $58,510[7]

Aftershock is a 2012 Chilean-American disaster horror film starring Eli Roth. It is directed by Nicolás López and written by López, Roth, and Guillermo Amoedo, from a story by Roth and López.


Three travelers, Gringo, Ariel, and Pollo were traveling through Chile. They went partying in a club and met three young women, sisters Monica and Kylie, and their Russian friend Irina. The two groups paired up and decided to travel down to Valparaiso together. They were partying in another club at Valparaiso when an earthquake struck, killing many of the partygoers and trapping some under debris. Ariel's hand was cut off as he tried to help a trapped bartender. The group tried to get out but their exit was blocked by more falling debris. The cleaning lady of the club led them through a tunnel to a nearby manhole. As they proceeded to climb out, a passing truck hit the old lady and killed her. Once out on the street, the group tried to get to their car but found it destroyed. Ariel's condition continued to get worse due to blood loss and the group decided that they needed to get him to the hospital on top of the hill as soon as possible. Suddenly, a tsunami warning was heard and they all rushed to the cart going up the hill. After some negotiation, they were able to get Ariel on the cart with other people in line. The group watched the cart reached the top of the hill when an aftershock suddenly occurred, causing the cart to fall all way back down, destroying the cable and killing everyone inside.

After mourning the death of their friend, the group head toward the cemetery, trying to reach the cathedral at the top of the hill through a previously mentioned hidden tunnel. The group came upon a looting party on the street which turned out to be escaped prisoners from a nearby prison that was damaged during the earthquake. They tried to run past but the women of the group attracted some attention. While running away, part of a building fell on top of Gringo and pinned him in place, still alive and conscious. Monica and Pollo left to get help while Irina and Kylie stayed with Gringo. While they were seeking help, Monica and Pollo came across an out-of-control firetruck. The truck crashed and one of the firefighters in the cab was ran through by wooden beams while the other one was trapped. Pollo and Monica got the living firefighter out, who explained that some prisoners were trying to take over the firetruck, which was why it went out of control. Meanwhile, as Irina was trying to comfort the seriously injured Gringo, Kylie heard the prisoners approaching. Gringo told Kylie and Irina to hide, reasoning that they would only take his money. The women hid in the tombs while the prisoners threatened Gringo. They poured alcohol on him, threatening to light him up if he didn't tell them where the women were. Frightened, Gringo motioned toward the their hiding place with his eyes. Irina crawled out of her hiding place and tried to run away. She was quickly captured by the prisoners. The leader of the prisoners raped Irina while the rest of the gang sat around telling jokes. Gringo threw a rock at the leader, trying to stop him from continuing raping Irina. The leader, enraged, lit him up and burned him alive, killing him. Kylie, hearing all the chaos outside decided to run. The group went after her, but the leader's brother stayed behind to continue raping Irina. Kylie was able to run away, bumping into Monica and the others. They went back for Irina and Pollo axed the leader's brother to death. Just as the group was about to run, the prisoners returned, the leader saw the dead body of his brother and fired at them, killing Irina. The rest of the group managed to escape and came across a gated building with other survivors who lived there. A single mother did not want to let them through but her neighbor wanted to open the gate. As Pollo begged, the woman shot him in the chest injuring him. The others helped carry him away but decided to hide him so they could go get help. Pollo's phone suddenly rang and one of the prisoners heard it and found him. They killed him and continue to go after the others. The group finally arrived at the cathedral where they were saved by a priest who shut the door just in time. As another aftershock hit, the Cathedral began to fall apart. The priest led them to a secret passage inside the cathedral. As the group descended a ladder through the secret passage, another aftershock shook the ladder off. The priest fell off in the process to his death, and Kylie fell on top of a metal object that pierced her thigh. Monica, meanwhile, was stranded at the top alone as she was the last to go down the ladder. The firefighter attempted to help Kylie by removing the object and took off his own coat to try to stop the bleeding. Taking off his coat revealed the prison tattoos on his arms and shoulders. He turned out to be one of the escaped prisoners who was taking over the fire truck, Kylie panicked and promised that she would not tell anyone.

Monica was able to find some ropes and went down the ladder shaft to an empty landing. She found Kylie's body in one of the tunnels. The fake firefighter/prisoner then tried to kill her but an aftershock occurred and Monica was able to kill him with the axe instead. Monica finally managed to escape through the tunnel and onto a beach. She walked around the beach, bewildered that she was able to escape to safety at last. As she turned around, she saw a tsunami rushing toward her.


  • Eli Roth as Gringo
  • Andrea Osvárt as Monica
  • Ariel Levy as Ariel
  • Natasha Yarovenko as Irina
  • Nicolás Martínez as Pollo
  • Lorenza Izzo as Kylie
  • Marcial Tagle as Firefighter
  • Ramón Llao as Ramon
  • Ignacia Allamand as Guide
  • Paz Bascuñán as Pregnant woman
  • Matías López as Marito
  • Patricio Strahovsky as Priest
  • Álvaro López as Jesus
  • Dayana Amigo as Bartender
  • Eduardo Domínguez as Russell Dazzle
  • Gabriela Hernández as Cleaning lady
  • Edgardo Bruna as Grumpy operator
  • Selena Gomez as VIP girl
  • Cristina Pascual as Kindly woman


The film is directed by Nicolás López and written by López, Eli Roth, and Guillermo Amoedo, from a story by Roth and López. The film was based on true events from the 2010 8.8 earthquake in Chile. It was shot in Chile, in many of the same locations where the destruction took place. The idea came from a conversation with Roth and Lopez, where Lopez described the horrors of not just the earthquake, but the complete chaos and temporary collapse of society in the ensuing hours. The film will be distributed by Dimension Films.

Roth raised $2 million in funding from a group of doctors in Buffalo. Distribution rights were presold to recoup the budget costs.[6]

López had previous experience shooting using Digital SLR cameras, and after screen tests, convinced Roth that with the right lenses and lighting it would look like 35mm film. The entire movie was recorded using a Canon EOS 5D camera.[8][6]


It initially received a NC-17 rating, and consequently had to be re-edited so that it would achieve an R rating.[9]


Critical response[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes gives Aftershock a score of 35% rating based on 46 reviews.[10] Metacritic gives a 39 rating, indicating "mixed or average reviews", based on reviews from 20 critics.[11]

Box office[edit]

The film opened at 110 theatres in the United States, and earned $40,179 in its opening weekend.[7]

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