Torture porn on the Richter scale leaves streaming crowds quaking in their boots

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Horror has always leaned on other genres in order to put a fresh spin on a familiar tale, but even then, we weren’t quite expecting torture porn godfather Eli Roth to bolt the tropes that established and built his reputation onto the frame of a disaster movie to oversee 2012’s Aftershock.

The Cabin Fever and Hostel creator didn’t direct the film, though, with that distinction falling to Nicolás López instead. However, the pair did co-write the screenplay, but Roth did additionally produce and take top billing among the ensemble cast, so his fingerprints were all over it from start to finish.

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Despite being made for a thrifty $2 million, Aftershock still tanked at the box office after recouping less than $300,000, and that was after it had been edited down to a hard R-rating in order to avoid the dreaded NC-17. Even then, critics and fans weren’t left too impressed by the 89-minute end product, at least based on the respective Rotten Tomatoes scores of 38 and 24 percent.

However, Aftershock has left Hulu subscribers quaking in their boots by making a surprise appearance on the platform’s most-watched list, where it can currently be found as the ninth-top title in the United States, as per FlixPatrol. Essentially Hostel on the Richter scale, the story follows a group of tourists in Chile who get more than they bargained for when an earthquake collapses a local prison, setting the criminals who survived the shockwaves loose.

Naturally, the escaped convicts aren’t about to play nice, and you’ll need a strong disposition to find out why.