It’s been too long since we heard anything about What the Waters Left Behind, the promising new flick from Francesca directors Luciano and Nicolás Onetti, said to be “a classic slasher roadie along the same lines as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes.” Now however, we have this gritty new trailer to get excited about, and it very much fits that description.
The film, which played in Sitges’ Midnight X-treme category back in October, was shot in 2016 in the ruined village of Epecuén in Argentina. A press release from last year gives some background to the disaster that saw the village submerged in 1985, as well as plot details for the film.
“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…”
With the film having been released recently in South America under its original title Los Olvidados, expect wider release details soon.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)