Review: The Curse of La Llorona

Title: The Curse of La Llorona
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Michael Chaves
Starring: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez
Runtime: 1 hr 33 mins

What It Is: It is said that “La Llorona” is a weeping woman saddened by the murder of her children. Thing is…she killed them, drowning them in a lake. Now, it is said, she haunts mothers and their children hoping that taking their children will bring them back. CPS social worker Anna (Cardellini) is now the target of the weeping woman and she and her children might just be in trouble. In this, they’ll seek help from some rather…nefarious means.

What We Think: This is some straight-up idiotic storytelling. The script isn’t good in any way shape or form. Things just sort of happen. The scares aren’t there. It relies on a visual that isn’t really that creative or scary. Really most of what this attempts to do aren’t done well. Linda Cardellini deserves better than this. As a film in the Conjuring universe, this is akin to the first Annabelle. Incompetently directed, ill-written and uninteresting. There really isn’t a spot here where the film itself shines. There were times I had hoped that the weeping woman would drown me, ending the real horror here.

Our Grade: D-, This isn’t hyperbolic to claim that this film is absolutely awful. Not only is there no real reason to see this it does everything in its power to assure that if you make the mistake of wasting time here it’ll luckily be forgettable. Do not see this film. I not only cannot recommend it but it isn’t by any means good. What else can one say here except. Nope nope a NOPE! With the film in this Conjuring cinematic universe, it has been very hit or miss. Sadly mostly misses.

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