The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Review

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The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on April 22nd, 2019 | Movie Review | Supernatural, Haunted House, Urban Legend, Killer Parent

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It's about a mom who has to keep a ghost from drowning her kids.

The Curse of La Llorona was produced by James Wan (who also directed The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2, Saw and Dead Silence) and stars Linda Cardellini (from Strangeland), Patricia Velásquez (from Mindhunters, The Mummy Returns) and Sean Patrick Thomas (from Kemper, The Burrowers).

She Wants Your Children

The Curse of La Llorona Review

La Llorona is a Mexican urban legend (dating back to 1486) about a woman who snatches kids and drowns them in a river, told by parents to keep their kids safe from flash floods. You know she's around when you can hear her crying, that's when you know you're screwed. She's the perfect subject for a horror movie, as evidenced by the many horrors already made about her including The Crying Woman from 1933 Legacy of the Crying Woman from 1947, La Llorona from 1960, Revenge of the Crying Woman from 1974, another Revenge of La Llorona from 2006, Las lloronas from 2004, The Wailer from 2006 (along with The Wailer 2 and The Wailer 3), The River: Legend of La Llorona from 2006, The Cry from 2007, The True Story of the Weeping Woman from 2007, Her Cry: La Llorona Investigation from 2013 and finally The Curse of La Llorona from 2019.

This newest addition to the La Llorona legend comes from Michael Chaves and James Wan, meaning it's also an addition to The Conjuring universe (Chaves will be in the drivers seat for Conjuring 3). This La Llorona was created to specifically appeal to new and casual horror fans. Anyone who's seen more than a dozen horrors will likely find most of the scares coming from a mile away and will slowly lose enthusiasm as they recognize all the familiar horror tropes being relied on. This movie gets poor ratings among horror fans but a lot of casual fans love it.

As for being part of The Conjuring Universe, it's true but just barely. There's a cross-over character and a quick shot of Annabelle. Other than that it's a stand-alone movie.

Worth Watching?

Only if you're a new or casual fan of horror. Hardcore fans be warned.

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