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Film / Aftershock

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Aftershock is a disaster horror film directed by Nicolas Lopez with Screenplay by Lopez, Eli Roth and Guillermo Amoedo. It consists of a group of tourists, who travel to Chile for partying and fun only to run in the midst of an earthquake resulting in complete chaos.

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  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The Firefighter who turns out to be an escaped convict.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gringo, Ariel and Irina. See Trauma Conga Line.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Gringo, who strikes out multiple times.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The faulty cables of the Cable car.
    • Then there is the Tsunami.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The prisoners who are heard to have escaped from the collapsed jail.
  • Death of a Child: A little boy dies in an aerial tramway accident along with her mother and Ariel. Later, a baby, who died along with her mother during the earthquake, was found by Monica.
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  • Decoy Protagonist: Eli Roth's Gringo is the lead until he dies second and easily the most brutal death by being first crushed under some rubble, then set on fire and we see every second of the burning.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: The first 35 minutes atleast!
  • Downer Ending: Monica finally manages to escape onto a beach. She walks around the beach, bewildered that she was able to escape to safety at last... until she sees a very tall tsunami, one that was warned early on the film, rushing towards her.
  • Final Girl: Monica...until the last minute.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Played straight to an Anvilicious extent.
  • Jerkass: The Guide.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kylie and Pollo.
  • Karma Houdini: Carmen the bartender. Ariel loses a hand freeing her from debris and she abandons him with no repercussions, though it is possible she was killed by the Tsunami.
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  • Karmic Death: The prisoners who raped and killed Irina, burned Gringo alive and killed a wounded Pollo, are killed when the cathedral collapsed on them.
  • Kill 'Em All: Possibly every character ends up being killed, including a Bait-and-Switch Hope Spot at the very end.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The Guide gets a karmic death for be a jerkass to the cleaning lady and push her friend during the earthquake.
  • Rape as Drama: Poor Irina gets raped twice. We only hear it happening the first time... Then we see her raped the second time.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: the Red Band trailer has the shot of Monica and the tsunami towering over her.
  • Trauma Conga Line: DEAR FUCKING GOD, the stuff Irina goes through. First, she's nearly trampled to death, then she's raped two times in a row, the first time in front of a pinned down Gringo, then the second time, she's right next to Gringo's burnt corpse.


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