The Cry (2007 film)

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The Cry
Poster of the movie The Cry.jpg
Directed by Bernadine Santistevan
Produced by Lara Blum
Juan Dapena
Javier Ramirez Sandoval
Bernadine Santistevan
Written by Bernadine Santistevan
Monique Salazar
Starring Adriana Domínguez
Christian Camargo
Carlos Leon
Míriam Colón
Music by Dean Parker
Cinematography Richard Lopez
Edited by Dario Bigi
Doug Forbes
Distributed by Monterey Media
Release date
  • October 30, 2007 (2007-10-30) (Ravenna Nightmare Film Festival)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $21,427[1]

The Cry (also called La Llorona, which translates to "The Crying Woman") is a 2007 independent horror film directed by Bernadine Santistevan and co-written with Monique Salazar.[1][2][3]


Along with his partner Sergio Perez (Carlos Leon), New York, detective Alex Scott (Christian Camargo) is investigating the mysterious disappearance of several children. They interview Gloria the Curandera (Míriam Colón) who advises that an evil force is pursuing the reincarnation of her son and is drowning missing children to bring pain to their mothers.[2]


  • Adriana Domínguez as Maria
  • Christian Camargo as Alex Scott
  • Carlos Leon as Sergio Perez
  • Míriam Colón as Gloria the Curandera
  • Kate Blumberg as Judy Hardwich
  • Jayden Vargas as Tonio
  • Quinn McCann as Ryan Weit
  • Jane Petrov as Lynn Weit
  • Ron Dailey as Man with Stroller
  • Lisa G. as Reporter Diane Penn
  • Izzy Ruiz as Detective Vega
  • Kristin Taylor as Detective Taylor
  • Caroline Cole as Assistant D.A. Tanin


The story is based upon the Mexican urban legend of La Llorona. The legend began in Aztec mythos where the goddess Cihuacoatl was said to have taken the form of a beautiful lady draped in white garments to predict the death of her children. This early myth evolved into the modern Mexico version of La Llorona, a woman who, betrayed by her husband, drowned her children out of revenge. As punishment for this horrific act, La Llorona’s spirit is condemned to roam the earth for eternity, crying for her children.[2][4]

Theatrical and festival release[edit]

The Cry made its world debut Friday, May 12, 2007 at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with the premiere sponsored by The Healy Foundation.[5] In its opening weekend, The Cry made $6,968 at 4 cinemas, and overall made only $21,427 during its theatrical release.[1] It then screened in several European film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2007, and the Ravenna Nightmare Film Festival on October 30, 2007, after which it was picked up for DVD distribution by Monterey Media.[6]


When the film was released on DVD in May 2008[2][7] it received mixed critical attention from the media. Sara Schieron of Box Office Movie Reviews panned the film by stating "...Less-than-middling attempt to exploit the potent Mexican myth of La Llorona (the crying woman) fails largely due to a crutch-like reliance on already weak genre conventions and haphazard script".[8] Kryten Syxx of Dread Central also felt the film was meritless, and after watching it concluded, "Bernadine Santistevan has some talent hidden somewhere, but it sure isn’t used here".[9] Being more forgiving, Justin Felix of DVD Talk wrote "Despite The Cry's letdown of an ending, it was still an interesting character-driven horror film".[10] The Cry does have its supporters. Anthony Thurber of Film Arcade wrote, the "screenplay written by Santistevan and writer Monique Salazar was very frightening. They make this film haunting and very disturbing".[11] Elliot Kotek of Moving Pictures Magazine stated, "Half the brilliance in the film's direction is its speed, so any awkward moments are over quickly and, by not over-penning the piece with long conversations, the filmmakers are rewarded with a rich rising tension often lacking in more fiscally-blessed flicks".[12] And Best Horror Movies wrote "The Cry is suspenseful and shocking, especially in light of the victims of this terrible curse".[13]


  1. ^ a b c [1] Box Office Mojo, The Cry, accessed 01-04-2009
  2. ^ a b c d [2] Rotten Tomatoes, "The Cry - La Llorona (2008)", accessed 01-04-2009
  3. ^ [3] New York Daily News, The Cry (La Llorona), accessed 01-04-2009
  4. ^ La Lorna, the legend, accessed 02-04-2009
  5. ^ archive, Article from: Albuquerque Journal, May 2006, "La Llorona movie opens at Lensic Supernatural 'Cry' set in New York City, northern New Mexico", accessed 01-04-2009
  6. ^ Monterey Media, Independent Feature Films - The Cry: The Urban Legend... That Kills", accessed 01-04-2009
  7. ^, The cry - La Llorna DVD sales, accessed 01-04-2009
  8. ^, by Sara Schieron (May 1, 2008), "Cry is plagued by genre conventions and a haphazard script", accessed 01-04-2009
  9. ^, by Kryten Syxx, review of The Cry, accessed 01-04-2009
  10. ^ DVD Talk, by Justin Felix (June 3, 2008), DVD review of The Cry, accessed 01-09-2009
  11. ^, by Anthony Thurber, "review of The Cry (La Llorona) DVD", accessed 01-04-2009
  12. ^, review by Elliot V. Kotek, accessed 01-04-2009
  13. ^, February 14, 2008, "The Cry is Dark and Disturbing", accessed 01-04-2009

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