The Curse of La Llorona
I loved the show Grimm. It was cheesy and formulaic sure but it was interesting and I loved the characters. I remember a particular episode based on the famous Mexican folklore of La Llorona, the weeping woman who tries to take the children of other people. I was sort of excited for this until….. I found out it was part of the Conjuring Universe. That’s where the hope died. I think the Conjuring Universe gets even worse with each entry and it wasn’t anything special to begin with. I thought La Llorona was just okay but its about as cliche and predictable as you would expect.
The film is about a child protective services worker who stumbles upon the legend of La Llorona when investigating a family. Soon the ghostly weeping woman starts terrorizing her kids. Now she must try to protect her children from this mysterious and terrifying force that becomes ever present. The film stars Linda Cardellini, who I just found out was Velma in the Scooby Doo films. The film is a stand alone feature but has ties to the Conjuring Universe. I don’t know why, but it is so.
The film relies on the newer age of jump scares. They are all set up exactly when you would expect the scares to come. Sometimes the weeping woman looks cool, other times she looks like shes an overabundance of computer effects. I think the film is well acted by the kids (which is a surprise) and Cardellini and is funny in some aspects. I liked the fact that the ghost hunter/preacher was unconventional as he had a sense of humor and brings some laugh to a film that goes through the motions and doesn’t surprise.
I’m happy that as a horror film this was at least more entertaining than the utter disappointment that was Pet Sematary. Still, this is a forgettable affair. Its a cool idea and has interesting mythos but doesn’t capitalize to set itself apart. I hope that this film doesn’t get a sequel, seeing as everything in the god forsaken Conjuring Universe seems to be getting one. I saw a trailer for Annabelle 3 today, why in the world is that something that exists?