What is the movie about? :: The legend of La Llorona or the weeping woman goes a long way back in Latin America, especially Mexico. It told the story of a woman who found her husband with another woman, and drowned her children in the nearby river to punish the husband. Later she drowned herself, but according to the local legends, she is supposed to kidnap children and drown them. Unaware of this legend, in 1973 at Los Angeles, Anna Tate-Garcia (Linda Cardellini) investigates the case of Patricia Alvarez (Patricia Velasquez) whom she suspects is abusing her two sons, Carlos (Oliver Alexander) and Tomas (Aiden Lewandowski). Despite the mother wishing to keep her sons locked in a room for their own safety, Anna takes them to a child-services shelter. There, Tomas seems to sleepwalk and Carlos follows him until they are attacked by a woman wearing a white gown.
So, what happens with the events here? :: The two children are found dead by the police, after being seemingly drowned in the river. Patricia is immediately taken into custody by the police for committing the crime, but she blames Anna for the death of her children and tells her that the same will happen to her children Chris (Roman Christou) and Samantha (Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen) too. She claims that she had things under control, and had almost saved her children from the Curse of La Llorona when Anna came in, and decided to destroy everything. Chris who wanders near the crime scene finds himself marked by La Llorona (Marisol Ramirez), with burns on his hands similar to that of Patricia’s children. The very next day, the creature also grabs Sam and leaves identical burn marks on her hands after luring her to the area near the swimming pool at their home.
And what else follows with the happenings? :: Patricia has an alibi for the time of her sons’ deaths, and tells Anna that she has shown La Llorna her children, and it will come after Chris and Samantha, and after they are taken by the evil spirit, she will have Carlos and Tomas back with her. When Anna realizes the grave danger that they are in, the spirit had already started working its evil, with Chris almost being taken to the river and Samantha almost drowning in the bath tub only to be saved by Anna. Even though a non-religious person, she is forced to seek help from Father Perez (Tony Amendola), with her being branded as a child abuser by her own colleagues Donna (Irene Keng) and Cooper (Sean Patrick Thomas). But church won’t be able to help her in such a short period of time, but there is a former priest who might be able to – Rafael Olvera (Raymond Cruz) – but this creatures is pure evil; can that be done?
The defence of The Curse of La Llorona :: The movie works at the first level because of the danger than puts in here, the fear of children dying, and the terror the parents are forced to go through as their little children are going to be taken away by some evil entity through violent actions finalizing in murder. The appearance of the evil hands and the face in the bathroom might be the scariest scene in the movie, and the final moments also have some terrifying moments. The movie does have its own random scares to add to the quota. The creature here is nicely detailed, and one can’t deny the weeping woman’s existence as a quality evil spirit in the conjuring universe. It makes sure that the curse just feels strong enough, and at times, one feels confident that there is no escape from it. The darkness is used nicely, and the sound effects are utilized well in this horror movie too.
The claws of flaw :: The Curse of La Llorona does have a curse, it is that the story is not developed much, with the main characters themselves being random people in a horror movie, as we have nothing much to go with them. The back story could have also been told in a better way. At a running time of less than one and half hours, it couldn’t really stick to the necessary, even though the length makes sure that there is no boring moment at all. Still, the wrath of the weeping woman is released a little too a late, and the final scenes of banishing of evil are also a little too short for our liking as we are used to longer periods of exorcism and similar events. If it was marketed more with the tagline of The Conjuring, the movie would be ran more at this part of the world too, as clearly many people didn’t knew that. This is also one legend and one evil spirit that requires further attention with better display on the big screen.
The performers of the soul :: The director, Michael Chaves will also be directing the next movie in the main series, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, and so this one should come as a sample of what is to come later this year, whenever the Corona virus decides to step back with its dose of horror. Linda Cardellini does the role of the concerned mother well enough, and the terror of losing her children in always there to be seen. Patricia Velasquez also has the same fear, and she goes through the same kind of terror, and a certain amount of mental instability is also there related to her character, and she supports the same really well throughout the flick. The two mothers make the two important adult protagonists in the movie who are there from the beginning of the flick to the very end. The two children also come up with some nice performancs, especially Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen. Raymond Cruz brings some fine moments in the last stage too.
How it finishes :: The Curse of La Llorona manages to be better than what the common reviews claimed about it. The movie manages to be another interesting member of the Conjuring universe with Annabelle and The Nun already becoming successful spin-off films, with the former being a series. This is another one of that kind of movies which are successful in horror, even though they won’t stay for long – in this case, the image of the weeping woman is there to stay. It will remain there just like the Annabelle doll. In between all the horror that Corona virus brings in real life, the weeping woman becomes another image of horror to add to the season. It will not have that much of a power as COVID-19 with its real life prospects in being terrifying like a virus pandemic of such fearful grandeur and dark fate, but we know what supernatural is of a different level.
Release date: 19th April 2019
Running time: 93 minutes
Directed by: Michael Chaves
Starring: Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez, Raymond Cruz, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Roman Christou, Marisol Ramirez, Irene Keng, Sean Patrick Thomas, Tony Amendola, Oliver Alexander, Aiden Lewandowski, DeLaRosa Rivera
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