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The devastating horror of a nuclear apocalypse is now reality and nine desperate strangers find themselves clinging to life in a farmhouse cellar, while radioactive fallout descends on the darkened world above. These would-be survivors face the nightmare of dwindling supplies, poisonous air and the greatest threat of all - the hordes of zombie-like refugees who want in. With each dying day, their choice becomes clearer - stay and let the makeshift shelter become their tomb or face the unknown terrors of the world outside. Starring Edward Furlong, Monica Keena, Andre Royo and C.J. Thomason,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The shocks, and the repressed wickedness, as in all well-done horror films, build slowly, then reach a crescendo that is hard to bear and harder to shake off."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"There's very little that actually thrills in this well-constructed, if underwhelming film that works best as a how-to vid for nuclear war-minded DIYers."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"No one will be anointing "Aftermath" a feel-good triumph anytime soon, but there are flashes of unanticipated sensitivity and disquieting inspiration that cannot be denied."
‑ Dustin Putman,
" practical terms Aftermath is likely to disappoint viewers expecting a fun action movie with monsters."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"Aftermath cleverly finds horror in the most obvious of places, hidden plainly on the faces of every American with an existing paranoia of nuclear warfare."
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
"An often tedious but clammily atmospheric end-of-the-world thriller set in the wake of a nuclear holocaust."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Essentially, we're watching dead people refuse to lie down, yet the acting isn't terrible, and Scott Winig's photography is satisfyingly bleak and grimy."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"It is clear there is only one realistic place that this film can be going."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"Awash in exposition-heavy dialogue, punctuated by the occasional Wizard Of Oz reference, the film provides no meaningful background on its characters, and even less drama."
‑ Nick Schager, The Dissolve
"Engert's film comes into focus as less a story of survival than a bare-bones morality drama on the different ways in which the end might be faced... ending with images of such austere beauty and sadness as to have the raw impact of an epiphany."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"This is the story, understand, of a group of people taking shelter in a basement following a nuclear holocaust. It's pretty clear right from the start that all or most of them will die. Good times."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Though they won't win any prizes for originality, writer Christian McDonald and director Peter Engert have fashioned a fairly involving, slow boil of a thriller that's as eerie as it is grim."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"There's a compelling idea at work here, as well as an admirable willingness to explore the darkest reaches of that idea. Those things are, however, continually undone by a misguided script and weak direction."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Aftermath's strongest sequence is its opening, as the crisis unfolds and everybody speeds to shelter. The breakneck pace of this does a good job of building up adrenaline and crating a sense of high drama that lingers even when the story slows down."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"A rumination on how long humans will actually last, if left entirely to their own devices. And it isn't pretty."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
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