Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Curse of La Llorona (Movie Review)

The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
Directed by Michael Chaves
Produced by James Wan, Gary Dauberman, Emile Gladstone
Starring Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, and Marisol Ramirez

The Curse of La Llorona is a great addition to the Conjuring Universe (even though it wasn't even promoted as being part of it). It is certainly better than The Nun, and it is extremely creepy. It is awesome to finally see this Mexican folktale come alive on the big screen. Although a lot of people were dissatisfied with the lead actor not being a Latina (Linda Cardellini plays the lead role of a widow of a Hispanic police officer), I thought the movie represented a portion of the Mexican culture and people well as far as traditions and beliefs go. I saw a lot of Latin people in this movie and that was awesome to see as it was when I first watched Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. La Llorona is definitely scary and has a solid plot with twists and turns.

The Curse of La Llorona is about a mother who must protect her children after being marked by La Llorona: a vengeful spirit who is destined and punished to roam the Earth for murdering her children in a jealous rage to get back at her husband. La Llorona steals kids away only to murder them.

I've seen a few pieces of artwork, cosplay, and short stories of La Llorona, but I have never seen her this creepy-looking before. She is just as nightmarish as The Nun from The Conjuring 2, Mary Shaw from Dead Silence and The Bride in Black from Insidious. I heard some people being a little unhappy about La Llorona seeming to be this monster or ghoul, but that's what she is! She murdered her Kids! Drowned them in a lake! What do you expect her to be? Some hot chic in a white dress that roams around the night looking for children to hug? No. She is nightmarish and ugly and should be scary to look at. I really hope they make a sequel to this movie and make it in the '90s. Why? I don't know. I don't like our era (lol).

I know people complain about too many jump scares--just as they did for Pet Sematary (2019), but um...this is a horror movie. Horror movies usually have jump scares. Don't be mad that you got embarrassed for falling for a jump scare. It happens to all of us. And just like Pet Sematary, the jump scares were effective and great. If you don't like jumpscares then simply watch other genre films.

Ramond Cruz, who plays a curandero (a spiritual healer) in the movie was my favorite character. He was likable and funny without making it cheesy or corny. Lina Cardellini played her role with excellence and I wanted her to come out of the horror she was living triumphantly. Patricia Velasquez was also really good in this movie. She seemed like a legit hysterical mother that was traumatized by La Llorona.

Director Michael Chaves is known for his directorial work for Chase Champion and the Billie Eilish music video for "Bury A Friend". He will be directing the third installment of The Conjuring. I can't wait to see The Conjuring 3 because his directing is phenomenal. He sets the right mood, brings the right colors, the right amount of creepiness, and keeps you focused and engaged in the scenes. He is definitely great at directing horror, just look at Billie Eilish's video.

I really hope you check out The Curse of La Llorona and go in without reading negative reviews or watching that tomato score. Watch it yourself! And especially check it out if every showing for The Avengers: End Game is sold out.

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