What the Waters Left Behind (aKa Los olvidados) is a 2017 independent horror film written, produced, edited, composed, & directed by The Onetti Brothers (Francesca, Abrakadabra, Deep Sleep, El pulpo negro, & A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio). It was co-written by Carlos Goitia (Abrakadabra & ASYLUM: Twisted Horror and Fantasy Tales). It was produced by Michael Kraetzer (Johnny Z, Game of Death, Trauma, Dead Shadows, & Inbred). The budget was at an estimated $40,000. A documentary film crew which includes Diego (played by: Agustín Pardella from Mi amor, mi amor & La Casa del Mar), Vasco (played by: Damián Dreizik from Animadores, Dead Man Tells His Own Tale, White Coffin, & Loco x vos), Carla (played by: Victoria Maurette from Necronomicón, The Theatre Bizarre, Bulletface, & Left for Dead), Nacho (played by: Victorio D’Alessandro from Mis amigos de siempre, Herederos de una venganza, & Sos mi hombre), Erica (played by: Paula Brasca from Focus, The Rotten Link, & Dalia de las Hadas), & Vicky (played by: Paula Sartor from An Unexpected Love, Nini, & The Hands) take a road trip to put together a film about Epecuen. They are warned to turn back after a brief tour but they ignore it to go an abandoned village which isn’t as empty as they thought. As their vehicle breaks down, they all get separated & they have to fight for their life against a disturbed family. Is this documentary worth risking their lives? or Will they film themselves into their last appearance????
Just a warning, nothing really happens here for the first 50 minutes. Just a vehicle full of annoying characters talking about various unrelated things besides the film that they are trying to make. Some of them hook up real quick but it doesn’t really show anything. They make a stop real quick & interact with some local weirdos. There’s no real character development or plot at the beginning to make up for all hat time. Not sure if they were written like that on purpose here but you have no problem seeing most of them get slaughtered one by one in various gruesome ways by this family of lunatics. The villains were more likeable than the actual film crew in this, I was rooting for them when they showed up in What the Waters Left Behind. They all looked unique & had some cool looking masks. This feature was a found footage style production with a heavy Texas Chainsaw Massacre influence to it. Except for the fact that TCM didn’t really have any blood in it, What the Waters Left Behind doesn’t hold back at all & soaks the screen in red. Like I said before, it’s very very very slow at first so you have to be really patient with What the Waters Left Behind but it makes up for that wait for the last 40+ minutes in this Spanish slasher. It gets really intense & lots of people get massacred before it’s all over. The true highlight for this film is the special fx. Everything is top notch here which includes the masks, all the gore, & the devastating kills. I had fun with it & I thought it was very entertaining when everything picks up. It’s not consistent because of the first half but I loved the rest of it, RECOMMENDED!!!!
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation & special features from Unearthed Films! This 1080p (2.50:1) transfer looks stunning on blu ray. This independent feature has a nice visual style to it, interesting locations, & attention grabbing special fx. The Spanish: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & Spanish: LPCM 2.0 tracks sound great here. All the dialogue is crystal clear, all the madness has a killer boost to it, & the music is elevated here. It has English subtitles. Both video & audio are very impressive for this release. “Film Footage” is almost 7 minutes. Lots of raw material from the shoot with the soundtrack playing in the background. “Image Gallery” features several pictures from the film with the score playing in the background. It has a “Trailer” for What the Waters. It has a variety of “Trailers” for other Unearthed Films releases. If you are a fan of Spanish Horror, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, & Found Footage horror then you will mostly enjoy this movie. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!