Friday, July 23, 2010

Aftermath (1994)

Fear 3/5
Gore 5/5
Fucked up-ness 5/5
Creepiness 5/5

This short film is fucked. Like fucked to the 2nd power. The the horror equivalent of pi with limitless fucked up-ness. Pythagoras would have a hard time coming up with a new theorem in order to find something as equally as fucked up.

The film jarringly opens with the sounds of a car accident which then cuts briefly to the scene. We are then led to the inside of a hospital as patients and those not so fortunate to still be alive are wheeled through.

One of those not so fortunates is shown with a couple of morticians with one in particular, being far too enamored with his handiwork. Slicing open a man's chest and rearranging his innards, this is clearly someone who is overly interested in his subjects.

Returning to the scene later, we see him again, this time with a female corpse. Bodily defilement continues and when that does not satiate him, he goes one step further into full on copulation. And he takes pictures of his encounter for future reference. If that wasn't enough, he takes a souvenir from the women and whips it up in a blender when he gets home, then feeds it to his dog. Pan the camera to the same woman's picture and write-up in the obituary. El fin.

Apparently the film explores necrophilia in all its nastiness and brutishness. Its in your face from start to finish and its meant to be that way to convey those qualities. I couldn't help but think there was another subtext going on. Namely, the overall lack of respect for people. But maybe I'm looking too much into it. Oh and not a single word is uttered throughout the film which only adds to its overall creepiness.

What say ye brave souls who've kept your meal from coming up (or not) and gotten through this one?

Cortez the Killer

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Matt-suzaka said...

It is a fucked up little film, but boy is it a pretty one. Super well shot, and the lack of dialogue, replaced with the score, make it an even creepier, but nicely made short.

I think you are right about it the deeper meaning...if I remember correctly, on the DVD, Cerda says that its focus is the lack of respect for death as opposed to the following film, Genesis, which is about the celebration. Or something like that. Check out Genesis, though, that one is vastly different, but equally thought provoking.

Scare Sarah said...

It does look very slick. I could do with being appalled, so thanks for the heads up!

Will Errickson said...

Deeper meaning or no, I loved the skill and surety of this short film even as it looked unflinchingly upon one of the most depraved acts a human can commit. A must-see for extreme horror fans.

Eric M. said...

Another great find in the extreme horror world.
I played this one at a festival a couple years back and a bunch of people left. The folks that stayed were fascinated and appalled.
It was a fun night. :)
Great first paragraph.

Cortez The Killer said...

@Matt, I had no idea Cerda had a bookend story to this. Will definitely have to check it out. And yes, it is beautifully shot. That's for sure.

@Scare Sarah, prepare to be appalled!

@Will, unflinchingly is right. No cutaways or implied actions offscreen. Everything is presented front and center.

@Eric, wow you are a brave soul to have screened this. But thats what is so great about horror: those who stayed had that complete range of emotion in their experiences. Thanks for sharing that story.

Joe Monster said...

I really love this film. As everyone has said, it is a beautifully and starkly shot film. As disturbing as it may sound, it actually started to comfort me after a few viewings. I realize this probably means I need help, but I think every horror fan should see this at least once.

the jaded viewer said...

Aftermath was ahead of its time. Very fucked up but not too fucked up.

Nacho Cerda I figured would have made more interesting films but he didn't which was weird.