05/10/2013 03:23 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Nicolas Lopez Talks Combining Horror And Comedy In 'Aftershock'

By Michael Lopez


There’s nothing like a little disaster film to get people in the spirit of summer. And though this week’s Aftershock release isn’t quite on the blockbuster level of Iron Man 3, it’s got some impressive Latinos behind it. Chilean writer/director Nicolas Lopez offered us plenty of Aftershock insights in an exclusive interview this week.

“I love horror and comedy and this movie has a little bit of both,” he said. “These genres create such an immediate response from the audience. Whether it’s a laugh or a scream, that’s what makes us want to go to the movies.”

Lopez has actually been making movies for quite a while, but Aftershock marks his English debut. And he recruited horror maestro Eli Roth to help pull the project together.

“Eli was great,” he said. “I had done some comedies before this and he encouraged me to do a horror movie.”

Indeed, Roth made his name with flicks like Cabin Fever and Hostel. And for Aftershock, he’s not only a co-writer and producer, he’s one of the stars of the film. Nicolas explained that Eli played a pivotal role in getting the movie developed.

“I had made this movie Promedia Rojo when I was 20-years-old,” Lopez explained. “Eli saw it and loved it and showed it to his friends, like Quentin Tarantino. Then we got in touch and the rest is history.”

For Aftershock, Nicolas explores the idea of a disastrous earthquake aftermath. Set in Chile, it shows what kind of mayhem may occur if “the big one” were ever to hit. And as he told us, it was a thrill using his home country as a backdrop.

“I’m actually hoping to create this concept I call Chilewood,” he said. “I want to make movies in Chile that will be seen throughout the world. I love what Peter Jackson did for New Zealand and I hope to do the same for my country.”

And if that weren’t enough, there’s one other big reason to go see Aftershock. It seems a certain world-famous Tr3s fave has a very memorable cameo.

“The Selena Gomez rumors are true,” Lopez happily added. “Eli met her before we started shooting and she told him she was a big fan. So he asked her to do a cameo and she was totally game. We wrote a part especially for her.”

You can see Selena, Eli and all the rest of Aftershock’s talented cast this Friday when the film hits theaters.

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