The Curse of La Llorona

The Plot:

The ancient curse of La Llorona, “The Weeping Woman” (Marisol Ramirez), is afoot in 1973 Los Angeles.

Single mother Patricia Alvarez (Patricia Velasquez) is trying to protect her children from this evil.

Widowed social worker Anna Tate-Garcia (Linda Cardellini) takes Patricia’s boys from the home thinking she is protecting them, but she inadvertently endangers them.

When La Llorona comes for Anna’s children, it’s going to take more than talismans to strike back at this powerful evil – it will also take faith.

Kent's Take:

“The Curse of La Llorona” is the next horror film set in “The Conjuring Universe.”

Unfortunately, this formulaic horror film relies on jump scares to fuel the narrative rather than a good story.

Setting up the legend of La Llorona is interesting and well done – steeping this film in authentic Mexican mythology.

Tension is built using innocent children being hunted by an unstoppable evil as well as La Llorona’s hunting style – she apparently likes to stalk her victims before she strikes.

There are plenty of scares in which teens and 20-somethings can scream and giggle, but these frights are predictable and exactly the same over and over again.

The problem arrives in the second act, for audiences are offered nothing but repetitive, predictable jump scares with little to advance the story in between.

This disappointing film also falls prey to my biggest pet peeve – characters with no common sense. No one in this film communicates with one another which creates the isolation and terror in the film, but is also a cheat to the story.

The performances are even and help strengthen a weak plot. However, Shaman Rafael Olvera (Raymond Cruz) is the bright spot. His performance helps balance the tension leading up to the climax with small humorous comments. He also helps guide viewers to the solution to defeat the spirit.

“The Curse of La Llorona” could have been a memorable horror film flavored with Mexican culture, but instead simply leaves a sour taste.