World Horror Cinema: Spain
By Sam Reeve
My rating: 5/10
Gore is now a staple in many horror movies, so this month I wanted to include at least one that was ultra-gory and extreme. Nacho Cerdà’s Aftermath is a short film that certainly delivers the blood guts, but with no dialogue and very little plot, so this review will be brief. IMDb describes the “plot” best:
A short film wherein a man working in a morgue mutilates and defiles one of the corpses. He takes the heart home to his dog.
I give points to the filmmaker for having great gore effects overall, but points are deducted because it followed the same standard Hollywoodized autopsy protocol, and it looked nothing like the real thing. Having no dialogue really didn’t help this film either. I once got to watch an autopsy video on a field trip in 10th grade, and that video was still more entertaining despite Aftermath having an intense necrophilia scene.
So, my final verdict is that it’s worth seeing once for the good special effects and for being disturbing, but you’ll otherwise be thankful for its short length (unless gore is really your thing).
Below is the full movie.