It's tough to be original in any medium these days with so many outlets and opportunities to display one's preferred mode of creativity. The horror realm is especially rife with knock-offs, imitators and derivative fare that only reflects a diluted sense of the original material it's trying to copy, consciously or unconsciously.
A new Argentinean film from the Onetti Brothers just screened at Cannes and explores a road trip gone bad to a deserted town once flooded by sea water. From the gory, nightmarish trailer it appears the filmmakers are devoted fans of the '70s grindhouse style of slash-and-stab camerawork and shock edits to present their tortured tale. Contains obvious nods to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Ruins, Vacancy, Cabin Fever and other horror offerings with tourists or lost souls finding the depraved depths of humanity lurking nearby.
Here's the official press release:
Luciano and Nicolás Onetti’s (Sonno Profondo, 2013; Francesca, 2015) new film, What the Waters Left Behind (Los Olvidados), landed in the Marché du Film (Cannes Film Festival) with the fourth edition of Blood Window Galas. The showcase presented recent films from Ibero-America with the support of directors and programmers from Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival from Catalonia, Mexico’s Morbido Fest, and Bifan in South Korea.
The trailer of the film had its world premiere on May 20th together with a 10-minute early-cut screening. What the Waters Left Behind was the winner of the First Fantasy Film Competition organized by INCAA in Argentina. It was shot in Epecuén in November 2016 and is currently in the post-production stage.
Epecuén was one of the most important touristic villages of Argentina. Thousands of people concurred, attracted by the healing properties of its thermal waters. On November 10, 1985, a huge volume of water broke the protecting embankment and the village was submerged under ten meters of salt water. Epecuén disappeared. Thirty years later the waters receded, and the ruins of Epecuén emerged, exposing a bleak and deserted landscape. The residents never returned.
The plot revolves around a group of young people that take a trip to the ruins in order to film a documentary about Epecuén. Ignoring the warnings, and after a brief tour, they get stranded in the abandoned village. Contrary to what they thought, they begin to realize that they are really not alone…
On this occasion the Onetti brothers leave their Seventies Italian giallo influences aside and dive deep into a classic slasher roadie along the same lines as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes.
Pack your pudding cup and Battlestar Galactica thermos, and let's take a terrifying torture-porn field trip to South America and see what's left after the waters recede.
(Via Dread Central)