heard about the scary stories they tell you as a child to keep you
from getting out of bed, now a group of paranormal investigators
want to know if there is any truth to one of the tales, in this
feature motion picture by Director Damir Catic called “Her Cry: La
Damir Catic and Ron Gelner “Her Cry” tells the story of a
missing college student, Tina Harrison (played by Nichole Ceballos),
who disappeared after performing a sorority initiation. As part of
the initiation, Tina is to utter the words “Maria, I want to help
you find your children” three times (a Bloody Mary legend) and
attempt to spend the night at an alleged haunted house where the
legend of La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) was last seen. While
cameras through out the property are documenting the sorority
initiation, Tina utters the words and sees a mysterious figure and
runs toward the house in fear. Tina never exits the house and the
camera catches her demise.
foul play, Tina’s father hires the crew from the popular
Television show “Paranormal Legends” to revisit the home and to
find out what happened to his daughter.
Producer James Robertson (played by James Ezrin), Cinematographer
Brian (played by Everardo Guzman) and Production Assistant Andrea
(played by Gabrielle Santomauro) document the happening in the house
with one of the most terrifying legends of all time. The documentary
was never aired and the three-crew members were never found. All that remain are the tapes.
Houston and in Pearland, Texas this is Director Damir Catic’s
Directorial Feature motion picture. Technically, this movie is what
you would expect a “lost footage” movie would look like and to
look like amateur paranormal investigators taking footage of their
experiences. Lighting was good in that even though this was
“seemingly” amateurish, nothing was over-exposed or washed out.
Foley was excellently done to give the movie some substance,
something that a lot of independent movies tend to lack. Sound wise,
the team did a great job in providing an even toned sound throughout
the entirety of the movie. The special effects, where doors opened
and furniture moved, was well-done.
applied to the various characters was effective in looking scary.
One draw back we had with this movie was the dialogue. Although, it
was “seemingly” an amateurish footage movie, the dialogue
didn’t really add too much to the believability of the characters
to interact with each other in a normal sense. There were times
where the characters seemed to be adlibbing their lines and not
necessarily keeping the audience focused on the main theme of the
movie, La Llorona. It seemed that some of the characters were
pushing their lines and forcing their inflections. Notably, a pretty
good performance came out of actress Nichole Ceballos who played
Tina, the college student who disappeared in the beginning of the
movie. Also, outdoing herself was actress Gabrielle Santomauro, who
played Andrea. The anger that she exhibited in one of the scenes was
an outstanding and realistic portrayal of someone in desperation.
Mr. Catic and Ron Gelner, the story itself was a little confusing at
times. We were not sure if we were looking at a ghost story or a
possession story. But, there was an evil in the house and that
followed the characters throughout movie. There was a lot of jilting
and quick bursts of sound to intensify the audience fears, as well
as seeing things in the corner of your eye for a brief moment.
Camera movement was extensive as is normal with these types of
movies, mostly handheld cams or stationary mounted security cameras
this was an interesting and somewhat scary movie. Not everyone will
be terrified, as some of us have been desensitized over the years,
but it will still give you goose bumps.
Judge for yourself. Pick up the movie and watch it. And, help
support the independent moviemaker by funding their efforts to make
a movie. Become an Executive Producer or just get involved.
rating: C47Houston give this movie a strong 4.2 on the TSIRS scale.
was at the premiere of “Her Cry: La Llorona Investigation” you
can see those pictures at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10202351264082468.1073741850.1218281768&type=1&l=671bebec14
Director Damir Catic gave us some insight into what he learned about
making his movie, in our magazine. You can read what he had to say
and read other articles in the magazine at: http://tinyurl.com/C47HoustonNovDec2013
Cry: La Llorona Investigation
Company: Dark Lightning Films, Gelner/Catic Productions
Premiere: October 22, 2013 at the Edwards Houston MarqE Stadium 23
time: 1-hour, 30-minutes
Damir Catic, Ron Gelner and Hai Nguyen
Producer: Ron Gelner
Music by: Luis Carlos
Supervisor: Andy Diaz
Designer: Enid Solo, Dejan Jojic
coordinator: Luis Miranda
Effects by: Art Blackmore
Editors: Phally Doeur, Alan Catic
Artist: Rodrigo Rosas
Nichole Ceballos, James Ezrin, Everardo Guzman, Parker Riggs,
Gabrielle Santamauro, Cameron Brezik, Elizabeth Alcantar, Laurentina
Hite, Ron Gelner and Mark Nickelson