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Manhunt, is a modern re-telling of, La Siguanaba, a Central American Urban Legend of a beast disguised as a beautiful woman who seduces and lures debaucherous men.

  • Raymundo Archila
  • Raymundo Archila
  • Livi Zheng
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    8 minutes 17 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Raymundo Archila

Raymundo Archila is a filmmaker who has worked on numerous projects such as independent feature films and music videos. He is passionate about exploring his Salvadoran heritage through film and believes there is a gap in the Latino film market for stories that relate to Central American heritage. Raymundo's favorite genre is horror films, and he wants to marry his heritage with horror to create unique and compelling stories that showcase his culture.

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Director Statement

As a filmmaker rooted in Central American heritage, I am thrilled to present Manhunt, which aims to showcase the hauntingly beautiful legend of La Siguanaba. With both of my parents hailing from El Salvador, this folktale was a part of my upbringing, and it is my utmost desire to bring this mesmerizing story to life on the screen. La Siguanaba is a famous urban legend known throughout El Salvador and even across Central America, and I believe that it holds the potential to captivate audiences while celebrating our shared cultural heritage.

Combining my love for horror with my passion for storytelling, I saw an incredible opportunity to delve into the depths of this legendary character while also addressing the toxic effects of machismo and its impact on relationships through the cinematic experience. The horror genre provides a powerful vehicle to explore the darkness and mystery surrounding La Siguanaba, the consequences of toxic masculinity, and the destructive power it can have on individuals and their loved ones. By intertwining this theme with the supernatural elements of the legend, we create a narrative that not only entertains but also provokes reflection with the hope of inspiring viewers to challenge these harmful patterns within their own lives and communities.

And in an industry that often overlooks Central American stories, I am dedicated to filling the gap by shedding light on the rich folklore and narratives specific to our region. It is crucial to expand the representation of Central American voices in mainstream media, and by telling the story of La Siguanaba, I hope to contribute to a more diverse and inclusive portrayal of my culture. This film is not only a celebration of my heritage but also an invitation to explore the untold stories that have shaped our communities, bridging cultural gaps and fostering a greater appreciation for Central American traditions.