Friday, 23 August 2019

Horror Review: The Curse Of La Llorona (2019)


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.

Attaching this film to "The Conjuring" universe gave fans of the series high expectations. 


You could say that this either set this film up to fail or it was given a chance to carry on the success of the franchise. Unfortunately for us it was the former and the film ultimately failed at what fans we're expecting to see from this feature, it's such a shame as it had tons of potential to be something great.
 
The folklore story of 'La Llorona' is one that was ripe for a film treatment, in a time where the supernatural is a big draw for Horror fans I can see that this all seemed liked a great plan on paper but it plain and simply just didn't deliver. It failed on more than one level, sadly it disappointed on multiple levels.


There were some good points but sadly they were few, the plot itself wasn't exactly bad and there were certain scenes that showed the potential the film had to be something better than just a cliched, run of the mill ghost story that we've seen so many times before but ultimately the bad outweighed the good.
 
'La Llorona' was shown way too much, yes she looked creepy but we saw her so much so that there was no scare factor to her appearance, also her backstory is only slightly touched up on and I felt they could have gone into more depth with it. Also whilst the plot started off great it seemed to fall apart along the way.


"The Curse Of La Llorona" could've been a great film, it really could, but sadly it just seemed to be lazy film-making as it went the route we've seen too many times before.


If you want to see "The Curse Of La Llorona" trailer then just click on the video below:


Miscellaneous facts about the film:

Raymond Cruz's first top-billed role in a film, after consistently playing minor roles in television.

This is the second film in the Conjuring Universe to not feature, or reference, Ed and Lorraine Warren. It's also the first spin-off to feature an antagonist who didn't appear in the main film series.

A little Easter egg: The daughter is seen to be watching the classic Scooby Doo cartoon. Linda Cardellini (who plays Anna - the lead) plays Velma in the two live-action "Scooby Doo" movies.

The first of two movies in The Conjuring Universe to be released in 2019. The second is "Annabelle Comes Home". This is the first time two movies in The Conjuring Universe are released in the same calendar year. The "Annabelle" movies are also referenced in "The Curse of La Llorona".

This film makes several references to the rest of the "Conjuring" films. One example is the scene where brothers Carlos and Tomas are haunted by La Llorona. One of the brothers looks to the corner of the room near the doorway. This is similar to when Christine first sees Bathsheba in her bedroom in "The Conjuring". The other brother then sleepwalks after being influenced by La Llorona. Bathsheba had a similar effect on the children in "The Conjuring". Finally Anna's daughter Sam carries a doll with her throughout the film. While it is not a Raggedy Ann doll it look very similar to the iconic toy. The Annabelle doll was a Raggedy Ann doll in real life. Father Perez, who helps guide Anna in this film, also appeared in the first standalone "Annabelle" film.

Linda Cardellini & Sean Patrick Thomas both were opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar respectively in Scooby-Doo (2002) and Cruel Intentions (1999).

Credits' copyright year is 2018.

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