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The Cry (2007)

R | | Horror, Thriller | 2007 (USA)
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In New York, detective Alex Scott is investigating with his partner Sergio Perez the disappearance of several children. When they visit the Mexican witch Gloria, the woman advises that a ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roberto Quintana Jr. Roberto Quintana Jr. ... La Llorona's Son
Jayden Vargas Jayden Vargas ... Tonio
Adriana Domínguez Adriana Domínguez ... Maria (as Adiana Dominguez)
Quinn McCann Quinn McCann ... Ryan Weit
Jane Petrov ... Lynn (Ryan's Mother)
Christian Camargo ... Detective Scott
Carlos Leon ... Detective Perez
Ron Dailey Ron Dailey ... Man with Stroller
Bodin Dailey Bodin Dailey ... Boy in Stroller
Kate Blumberg ... Judy Hardwich
Taylor Rae Jackson Taylor Rae Jackson ... Lisa (as Taylor Jackson Brown)
Lisa G. Lisa G. ... Reporter Diane Penn (as Lisa G)
Izzy Ruiz ... Detective Vega
Kristin Taylor ... Detective Taylor
Caroline Cole Caroline Cole ... Assistant DA Tanin
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In New York, detective Alex Scott is investigating with his partner Sergio Perez the disappearance of several children. When they visit the Mexican witch Gloria, the woman advises that a powerful evil force is chasing the reincarnation of her son and drowning the other children to bring pain to their mothers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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No peace for the dead. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for disturbing violent images and some language | See all certifications »
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In the beginning you see Maria making charcoal drawings of her visions. After she is done, no stains are seen on her hands. They are perfectly clean. See more »

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Version of The Wailer (2006) See more »

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Talkin' to Ya
Words and music by Rick Del Castillo
Performed by Del Castillo
Courtesy of Smilin' Castle Productions, LLC
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Not As bad As Some Claim, But Not Worth Seeing Either
15 July 2008 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Spanish Harlem is plagued with a rash of disappearances and murders revolving around small children. Nothing seems to connect the crimes except that they seem to take place near bodies of water (although at least one occurs in a bathtub). We enter the story from two angles -- a woman who can see the victims in her visions and two police detectives, one of whom had a troubled childhood.

"The Cry" (or "La Llorona") was a confusing film for me. I never understood how the main actress was connected to the crimes. I don't know why the fortune teller scene was so long (seemingly to explain the Weeping Woman, but it didn't do this very well). And the flashbacks to the cop's childhood? Or the flashback to the girl by the water? Very hard to follow and ultimately more distracting than anything. The film was 80 minutes, but could easily have been 60 if the opening credits were cut down and the extra material (flashbacks) were excised.

Stylistically the film is good. The director really captures some great shots and the use of lenses or filters to give scenes different colors was a nice touch (sometimes blue, other times green or orange). The use of two different kinds of cameras made the editing look a bit sloppy (not unlike "Cabin by the Lake 2"). The overhead shots were also unnecessary.

I don't mean to be harsh, because really I could see this was a labor of love and it does have potential if it had simply been edited differently. And I applaud the writer for exploring a traditional part of her culture. In a bonus feature, she says she scoured the earth for five years collecting stories of La Llorona. Unfortunately, she left us with an inconsistent narrative that doesn't really make those stories clear. (Personally, I would recommend a book presenting oral histories of the Llorona tales... it would be more appropriate than the film).

I keep bringing up Ryan Harper's "Circulation" again and again in my reviews. I can't stress enough how great that film is. And here it comes again. If you're looking for one film that brings Spanish-American culture to the audience the best, you want "Circulation". "The Cry", while not a bad film, left me more confused than anything and I failed to connect with whatever the message was intended to be.


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2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gritos da Morte See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,968, 27 April 2008

Gross USA:

$21,427

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,427
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