Looking for a crime thriller to spice up your week? Netflix has just dropped Aftermath, an eerie haunted house flick that’ll make you flip every light switch on after dark tonight. The opening of the film includes a title card that teases the flick is based on a true story. But is Aftermath similar to The Conjuring franchise in that these creepy occurrences may or may not have happened? Or was this an actual real-life situation? Let’s look into the truth behind Netflix’s latest mystery.
The movie follows a young couple who, after getting tired of their hum-drum life, move into a new property. But everything starts to spiral out of control as they begin seeing their house listed on real estate websites, start receiving magazines they never subscribed for, and are stalked by dark presences. Something’s obviously out to get them, be it demonic spirits or an evil landlord.
If you’re wondering whether or not Aftermath was based on a true story, here’s everything you need to know.
Is Netflix’s Aftermath based on a true story?
Yes, Aftermath is based on a true story. A title card at the beginning explains that true crime events inspired the story — but how much of it was really true? Peter Winther directed the film from a screenplay penned by Dakota Forman, who says the idea actually hailed from Winther himself.
The story comes from real-life couple Jerry Rice and Janice Ruhter, who had to go through events similar to the movie. Per ABC News, a series of sinister events stalked the new couple as they moved into their home in 2011. Shortly after, they received an eerie note trying to buy the property. The events took a turn for the worse when their new home was re-listed for sale on a real estate website, and soon enough, they were bombarded with magazines for which they didn’t subscribe (like in the film). Eventually, they caught the perpetrator who was wreaking havoc on their new property.
Is Aftermath based on a book?
No, Aftermath is not based on a book. But you can scroll up and click the link to watch the original news story that Aftermath was based on, and check out this news story about the couple who inspired the thriller.
Is Aftermath on Netflix? Where to watch the 2021 film Aftermath:
Yes, Aftermath is currently streaming on Netflix. But don’t get confused! We’re talking about the 2021 film Aftermath, not to be confused with Keira Knightley’s period piece The Aftermath (2018) or Arnold Schwarzenegger’s drama thriller Aftermath (2017).
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