Film Review | The Curse of La Llorona

She Wants Your Children

Marisol Ramirez, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, and Roman Christou in The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

Director: Michael Chaves

Starring: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez

Genre: Horror

Release Date: May 2019

Plot: Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.

Mexican culture is filled with thousands of interesting and scary creatures, so when I heard that the makers of The Conjuring were taking a swing at bringing some of that to the cinematic universe, I was initially excited, after all both Annable: Creation, Annabelle Comes Home and even The Nun showed that although not overly groundbreaking were decent horror films, sadly every Cinematic Universe has an off day and The Curse of La Llorona is just that.

Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen and Roman Christou in The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

There are good things with the film, with the production value as good as the previous film and the acting just as strong, while the filmmakers did well to draw you into the world with an interesting and genuinely scary opening sequence, unfortunately, the film then goes downhill fast.

Once you get into the main story of  La Llorona, the film almost grinds to a halt, not bad but just a little boring and filled with some obvious jump scares that ruins any of the tension that had been built up.

La Llorona looked scary for the first few times she appears, but by the end of the film you realise the makers had never heard of ‘less is more’, with the character turning up repeatedly, even showing up to wash a little girls hair, it is there that the film really lost me.

The acting is solid enough, but because of the badly written script, you spend 90 minutes watching characters make stupid decisions, making them appear stupid and thus stops the audience caring about them.

2 Panda

If you liked: Insidious, The Bell Witch Haunting, Sinister

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