Directed by: Sebastian Cordero
Starring: Damian Alcazar (Vinicio), John Leguizamo (Manolo), Leonor Watling (Marisa), Jose Maria Yazpik (Ivan), Alfred Molina (Victor), Gloria Leyton (Wife), Luiggi Pulla (Stepson)
Country: Ecuador; Effed Up Central/South-American Cinema
Language: Spanish; Effed Up Spanish Films
Genres: Serial Killers, Based on a True Story, Old-Young, Investigative
Plot – Spoilers:
Very loosely based on the Monster of the Andes, Pedro Lopez.
Vinicio is a middle-aged Ecuadorian peddling the Bible and other religious works that allow him to be a traveling man across South America. His real thing though is the rape, torture and murder of children in astonishing numbers. A narcissistic reporter meanwhile is on his trail while Vinicio plays the neighborhood general nice guy and husband to a pregnant woman with a young boy and baby girl.
Cronicas eschews the horrors of its crimes, but doesn’t let up on the creepiness and exhilarating rush bubbling inside Vinicio as he walks among regular folk, knowing he carries a deep secret that he continually is able to hide and pursue with the barest of means through sheer ingenuity and a sharp cunning. And this is all mostly down to a masterful performance from Damian Alcazar in what is arguably one of the greatest onscreen depictions of a killer.