THE AFTERMATH REVIEWED
“The Aftermath” is one of those VHS treasures that finally arrives on Blu. Steve Barkett co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film. That should tell you how you get a savage future film like this. It’s a singular vision that borrows heavily from Planet of the Apes and The Omega Man. But, you’ve got Sid Haig leading gangs of savages and mutants. What follows is rather stellar Special FX from future visual pioneers working on a shoestring budget. Naturally, I don’t expect the younger readers to hang with it.
In regards to the disc, the audio levels are all over the damn place. I used to have this first-gen MGM DVD of Get Short that I called the worst audio mix in home video history. This release is giving it a run for its money. For all of the downplaying of the transfer, this 2K restoration of the film print pops. I just wish that I didn’t feel like I losing my hearing everytime that Barkett had a quiet moment followed by SAVAGE GANG ATTACK. Hell, the VCI logo sounded like it was blasted in at ear attack level.
Still, I’d recommend the release.
- Bonus Interviews
- Short Film
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 2.0
RELEASE DATE: 1/23/18
The Plot Thus Far
A spaceship returns from deep space to find the Earth in “The Aftermath” of a nuclear and biological war. The streets are filled with mutated survivors feeding off the weak and a Manson-like figure called Cutter, Sid Haig, “The Devil’s Rejects” (2005), “House of 1000 Corpses” (2003), “Jackie Brown” (1997) is reigning terror down on all others. Cutter and his gang of mercenary thugs are systematically murdering all the male survivors and enslaving women and children. Most of his targets are easy, but all that changes when Cutter confronts astronaut Newman (Steve Barkett, “Empire of the Dark,” “Dinosaur Island,” “Dark Universe”), and the woman Sarah (Lynn Margulies) he finds and falls in love with, and the young child Chris (Christopher Barkett, “Empire of the Dark”). What follows is a cat and mouse game of violent and spectacular proportions with no less than Earth’s survival in the balance.