The Curse of La Llorona - Latino Folklore Comes To Life

Hollywood has been bombarded with the same kind of ghouls and monsters that the west has to offer, but they have yet to explore to occult from the people of Latin America. Having a rich history of stories that are told locally, The Curse of La Llorona is a great addition to the Conjuring Universe opening the occult horrors from Mexican folklore and the practices that come along with it

This film was co-produced by James Wan who had built the Conjuring universe into the thrilling franchise it has become. Now adding this to the collection is fitting given that this now deals with the supernatural beings from a different region. As many people don't have the idea that Latin America holds a lot of folklore and practices that are more eerie and weird than what we always see.

Looking into the story of the "weeping woman" of La Llorona, it takes place in Los Angeles with a social worker named Anna and her kids who later on becomes the victim of the obsessive La Llorona who already had child victims that were drowned. The ghost then finds its way to Anna's home and her kids.

The Curse of La Llorona stars Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velásquez, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Roman Christou, Marisol Ramirez, Sean Patrick Thomas. Directed by Michael Chaves,  distributed by United International Pictures, showing in cinemas May 1, 2019. 

Deliberation time kids! 

Film summary: The Conjuring Telenovela

Quotable quote: “Tada!" - Rafael Olvera

Technical Effects: 4 out of 5 stars (Heavily laden with CGI and gore, but surprisingly I liked the gore here.)

Plot: 3 out of 5 stars (With a story based on popular folklore, they could have it made better than relying on scares)  

Acting and Actors: 3 out of 5 stars (Raymond Cruz as Rafael Olvera stood out more than the main cast)

Pros:  Jump scares, water scenes, folklore and rituals  
Cons:  Plot, comedic timing, story potential not fully utilized 

Music and Soundtracks:  4 out for 5 stars (Music by Joseph Bishara who also worked on horror films like Insidious: The Last Key, and the upcoming movie Annabelle Comes Home.)

Overall: Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars (Diversifying the world of the conjuring universe, it is a fresh story yet it could be improved, probably if there will be a sequel.)

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