Film Review: The Curse of La Llorona

08:49 April 22, 2019
By: David Vicari

A rather arbitrary scene in The Curse of La Llorona links it to The Conjuring films, thus making it part of that cinematic universe. That's the way it is being sold – as a Conjuringspin off – and that is smart marketing. Besides, La Llorona does fit stylistically with those horror movies: Lots of scenes of characters searching around in the dark that ends with a digital demon popping out on one side of the frame. 

The Curse of La Llorona uses a Mexican folktale of “The Weeping Woman” as a jumping off point. As the story goes, “The Weeping Woman” drowned her children to get back at her cheating husband, and now her ghost seeks more children to kill. On her list are the two kids (Roman Christou, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen) of social worker Anna Tate-Garcia (underrated actress Linda Cardellini). Eventually, Anna seeks the help of an ex-priest (Raymond Cruz) in an attempt to vanquish the demonic witch (Marisol Ramirez). 

La Llorona is typical horror stuff. There are jump scares, as well as characters too dumb to run or turn on the lights. And why do the kids – and even Anna – say “oh, nothing” when questioned about what they have just witnessed ... right after they have seen a crap-your-pants scary apparition?

Film Review: <em>The Curse of La Llorona</em>

Still, the compact 93-minute movie does boast good performances, some neat effects (the transparent umbrella shot) and an exciting third act when all hell breaks loose. 

** ½ out of four

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