Lorenza Izzo Talks AFTERSHOCK, Her Unique Casting Story, Working with Eli Roth and Nicolas Lopez, THE GREEN INFERNO, and More

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Opening this weekend is Aftershock, a fictionalized disaster film loosely based on the 2010 Chilean earthquake, staring Eli Roth as Gringo, an American divorcée touring through Chile with his friends Ariel (Ariel Levy) and Pollo (Nicolas Martinez).  After meeting a trio of beautiful women (Andrea Osvart, Lorenza Izzo, and Natasha Yarovenko) the group heads out for a night of drunken debauchery, but when a devastating earthquake hits they must do whatever it takes to survive a night of recurring aftershocks, escaped convicts, and panicking civilians.  Directed by Nicolas Lopez, Aftershock takes a decidedly “genre” approach to the subject matter setting up death after bloody death and delivering on gruesome effects.  Aftershock is available in select theaters and on VOD May 10th.

At a recent press day for the film I sat down for a one on one interview with Lorenza Izzo.  We talked about her unique casting story, working with Eli and Lopez, working with practical effects, shooting The Green Inferno, and more.  Hit the jump to see what she had to say.

Andrea Osvart Talks AFTERSHOCK, Working with Eli Roth, Shooting in Chile, Working with Practical Effects, and More

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Opening this week Aftershock, a fictionalized disaster film loosely based on the 2010 Chilean earthquake, staring Eli Roth as as Gringo, an American divorcée touring through Chile with his friends Ariel (Ariel Levy) and Pollo (Nicolas Martinez).  After meeting a trio of beautiful women (Andrea Osvart, Lorenza Izzo, and Natasha Yarovenko) the group heads out for a night of drunken debauchery, but when a devastating earthquake hits they must do whatever it takes to survive a night of recurring aftershocks, escaped convicts, and panicking civilians.  Directed by Nicolas Lopez, Aftershock takes a decidedly “genre” approach to the subject matter setting up death after bloody death and delivering on gruesome effects.  Aftershock is available in select theaters and on VOD May 10th.

At a recent press day for the film I sat down for a one on one interview with Andrea Osvart.  We talked about working with Eli Roth, Nicholas Lopez’s directorial style, shooting in Chile, and her next project Anita B, and more.  Hit the jump to see what she had to say.

Eli Roth Talks AFTERSHOCK, Making a Film about Moral Choice, Shooting a Disaster Film on a Budget, New Modes of Film Distribution, GREEN INFERNO, More

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Co-writer/producer Eli Roth takes on his first starring role in Aftershock, a fictionalized disaster film loosely based on the 2010 Chilean earthquake.  Roth stars as Gringo, an American divorcée touring through Chile with his friends Ariel (Ariel Levy) and Pollo (Nicolas Martinez).  After meeting a trio of beautiful women (Andrea Osvart, Lorenza Izzo, and Natasha Yarovenko) the group heads out for a night of drunken debauchery, but when a devastating earthquake hits they must do whatever it takes to survive a night of recurring aftershocks, escaped convicts, and panicking civilians.  Directed by Nicolas Lopez, Aftershock takes a decidedly “genre” approach to the subject matter setting up death after bloody death and delivering on gruesome effects.  Aftershock is available in select theaters and on VOD May 10th.

At a recent LA press day I sat down with Roth for a one on one interview.  We talked about morality in disaster films, how much of the story is based on real events, Nicholas Lopez’s innovative approach to directing, and making a realistic disaster film with a limited budget.  We also talked about Green Inferno, his hopes to premiere at Toronto, how new technology is changing the industry, and much more.  Hit the jump to check out what he had to say.

First Trailer for AFTERSHOCK Starring Eli Roth

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The first trailer for the disaster thriller Aftershock, co-written by and starring Eli Roth, has been released online.  The film takes place in the wake of a deadly earthquake, but as this trailer shows, it quickly turns into a bloody horror film in true Eli Roth fashion.  It looks like a mix between Final Destination and Hostel, and I’m not sure if there’s simply one deranged killer on the loose or many, but the pic does indeed look to be quite gory.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to watch Steve’s interview with Roth and co-writer/director Nicolas Lopez.  The film also stars Andrea OsvartAriel Levy, and Selena Gomez.

Eli Roth & Nicolas Lopez Talk AFTERSHOCK, CLOWN, THE GREEN INFERNO & MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS; Roth Calls FISTS a ‘Hip Hop Kung-Fu AVENGERS’

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Premiering at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was the natural disaster thriller, Aftershock.  Co-written by star Eli Roth and director Nicolas LopezAftershock centers on a group of young partygoers in Chile who find themselves surrounded by death and destruction when a violent earthquake brings the town down around them.  You can watch some footage here.  Also, Dimension just picked up the rights to Aftershock, so you can expect to see the film for yourself sometime next year.

Before the world premiere, I sat down with Roth and Lopez for an extended interview.  They talked about premiering at TIFF, how they ended up working together, the genesis of Aftershock and how the original idea was to make a sci-fi movie, being distributed by Dimension, and a lot more.  In addition, with Roth and Lopez involved in a number of other projects, I got updates on Clown, The Green Inferno, and RZA’s The Man With the Iron Fists which Roth called a “hip hop kung fu Avengers” and who did the soundtrack.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

Exclusive First Clip from AFTERSHOCK by Eli Roth and Nicolas Lopez

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Playing as part of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness run is the natural disaster thriller, Aftershock.  Co-written by star Eli Roth and director Nicolas LopezAftershock centers on a group of young partygoers in Chile who find themselves surrounded by death and destruction when a violent earthquake brings the town down around them.  In this exclusive first clip, we get a look at what appears to be during the initial quake, its destruction taking out dancers in a club Final Destination-style.  Hit the jump to check it out!

Dimension Acquires Eli Roth-produced AFTERSHOCK and CLOWN

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The Toronto Film Festival only just got underway yesterday, but Dimension Films has already made a fairly major acquisition.  Per Deadline, Bob Weinstein’s genre studio is nearing a deal to distribute two projects produced by Hostel director Eli Roth: Aftershock and Clown.  Roth co-wrote and also stars in Aftershock, which is an earthquake thriller that’s set to screen at the festival.

Clown hasn’t yet begun production, but the film actually spawned from an incredibly creepy fan-made trailer that went viral and piqued Roth’s interest.  The story centers on a loving father who dons a clown outfit and make-up to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover the costume — red nose and wig included — will not come off.  The distribution deals apparently guarantee a wide release for each film, so this is big news for Roth.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer for Clown.

New Images from Pete Travis’ DREDD, Nicolas Lopez’s AFTERSHOCK, J.T. Petty’s HELLBENDERS, and Rob Zombie’s LORDS OF SALEM

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The Toronto International Film Festival announced lineups for a few more 2012 programs today, and we’ve got a batch of new images from films that will be screening as part of the Midnight Madness series.  We’ve seen a couple of these images before, but now they’re all in glorious high-resolution.  Briefly:

  • Dredd (Directed by Pete Travis) Starring Karl Urban, Lena Headey, and Olivia Thirlby.
  • The Lords of Salem (Directed by Rob Zombie) Starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Clint Howard, and Sid Haig.
  • Aftershock (Directed by Nicolas Lopez) Starring Eli Roth, Andrea Osvart, Ariel Levy, and Selena Gomez.
  • Hellbenders (Directed by J.T. Petty) Starring Clancy Brown, Clifton Collins Jr., Robyn Rikoon, and Andre Royo

Hit the jump to check out images and synopses for these films.  The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.

TIFF 2012 Midnight Madness Line-Up Announced; Includes SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, THE ABCs OF DEATH, DREDD, and More

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Last week, the Toronto International Film Festival announced the movies playing in its Special Presentations and Galas programs.  Today, they’ve provided the line-up for their other programs including Midnight Madness.  This is where the more genre-oriented films come out to play, and can break out in a big way.  Last year’s TIFF Midnight Madness included the world premiere of The Raid, and the buzz never died down.  Judging by the line-up, this year’s Midnight Madness will have the same frenzy.  The line-up includes the horror short-film anthology The ABCs of Death, Seven Psychopaths (Martin McDonagh‘s follow up to In Bruges), Rob Zombie‘s The Lords of Salem, Don Coscarelli‘s John Dies at the End, and Pete TravisDredd.

Hit the jump for the full line-up and brief synopses.  The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 -16th.

New Images from ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, SAFE, AFTERSHOCK, CASA DE MI PADRE, BYZANTIUM, THE CROODS and THE LORDS OF SALEM

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We’ve got a bunch of new images for you from the following projects:

Hit the jump to check them out.

Exclusive: Producer Brian Oliver Talks THE WOMAN IN BLACK and Eli Roth’s Upcoming Films CLOWN and THE AFTERSHOCK Which Start Production in 2012

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All eyes were on Daniel Radcliffe wondering what kind of project he would choose for his first post-Harry Potter role as the franchise came to an end. It was a bit of a surprise for some, then, when Radcliffe signed onto the Gothic horror pic The Woman in Black. The story centers on a young lawyer who encounters a seemingly haunted town marred by countless accidents and suicides. Steve recently got the chance to speak with producer Brian Oliver (President of Cross Creek Pictures) about his upcoming political drama The Ides of March, and Oliver talked a bit about the horror film as well as a couple of upcoming Eli Roth projects. He spoke about how they settled on Daniel Radcliffe as the star of Woman in Black, almost making the film in 3D, and revealed that he’s readying two films for Eli Roth: The Aftershock and Clown. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Eli Roth to Produce CLOWN and AFTERSHOCK

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Eli Roth has signed on to produce two horror projects for Cross Creek Pictures and Vertebra Films.  The first project is Clown, the story of “a loving father who dons a clown outfit and make-up to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover the costume — red nose and wig included — will not come off.”  A fake trailer for the film made the rounds around the internet a couple of weeks ago, and included Eli Roth’s name in its faux credits.  The trailer got Roth’s attention: “I was blown away when I saw that Clown trailer.  Everyone thought it was real, or that I had at least made a fake trailer.  I called the guys right away and their first response was ‘Thank you for not suing us!’  I said ‘Sue you?  Let’s make this into a real film!’ ” Jon Watts will direct from a script he will co-write with Christopher D. Ford.

The second project is Aftershock, a high-octane horror-thriller set during the aftermath of the February 27, 2010 Chilean earthquake.  Roth will co-write the film with Nicolás López and Guillermo Amoedo; López is set to direct.  Hit the jump to read the full press release and to see the “trailer” for Clown.

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