The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

Once upon a time, there was The Conjuring. A scary movie that tried it’s best to alter the horror landscape, which it did to an extent. Although it didn’t scare me as much as some, it was however so successful that it launched a franchise.

Tucked away in this scary universe is the movie about La Llorona. A Mexican folk tale about the weeping woman who killed her child out of jealousy and then became a ghost who takes human kids to heal her pain. Sounds pretty creepy and some people would swear by the legend, but the producers dropped the ball with the telling of the story.

This movie lacked all the scares you would come to expect from a horror movie in 2019. I never jumped in my seat or felt the hair on my neck raise. There may be some so-called “jump scares” but you can see them coming a mile away. The special effects were right up there with the best of ghost movies these days, but if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.

I was excited about this movie and we caught an early show on Thursday. I left rather disappointed. I have always felt the second Conjuring was the best in the series and the Annabelle movies are a farce. I would place this movie somewhere in the middle of both series. The only highlight for me was Rafael Olvera, played by Raymond Cruz. His deadpan delivery and dry sarcastic humour were the few bright moments in a film that wasn’t overly engaging. 3/10

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