Directed by the man responsible for "THE DARKNESS", Jaime Balaguero. This earlier film actually demonstrates, as disappointing as "THE DARKNESS" was, it was a major improvement for the director over his earlier work!
Both films have the same narrative problems! The fact that Balaguero is responsible for both scripts, means one thing. He needs to find a new writer! Like "THE DARKNESS", this one opens with a horror scenario around a young kidnap victim. This time, however, it's a young girl. Her body has been found, mutilated and having been tortured. Then, like "THE DARKNESS", the film jumps forward some years. The murder is still unsolved. The original investigator on the case has quit, the parents of the victim have divorced. The mother receives a horrific phone call from a girl claiming to be her daughter! Before she can find out enough to give the film any sense, the girl hangs up. Mom contacts the investigator and the intended thriller begins. Unfortunately, it's just not thrilling. There are a fair share of horrific moments, but they're for pure exploitation, doing nothing to advance the story, and only serving to disturb the viewer.
The characters that are introduced are poorly developed, and their actions are so stupid, one can't care for them by the film's ridiculous ending. It's also very, very slow!
BUENA VISTA has preserved the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. The image is generally decent. However, colors vary in quality from scene to scene. Contrast is fine, offering impressive detail in darker scenes.
BUENA VISTA has included an English dub, with Dolby Digital 5.1 and the original Spanish Dolby Surround 2.0 mix. The dubbed version offers significantly better surround involvement, although not enough to make up for the film's content. Effects are virtually non-stop. The dubbed 2.0 mix offers a fair share of effects, but pales in comparison to the dub. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion on both tracks.