Linda Movie Review: The Curse Of La Llorona
The Curse of La Llorona, opening tonight nationwide, is the sixth installment from the Conjuring Universe created by James Wan. La Llorona is the scariest one of them all and you must see it tonight, preferably not alone. The scriptwriting team of Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis chose the llorona tale (there are a few origin stories) of the mother who drowns her children to punish her unfaithful husband. For her heinous act she is forever cursed to roam the earth searching for her children. Unfortunately when she sets her sight on living children she still drowns them.
Daughtry and laconis don’t specialize in writing horror films and that’s what makes La Llorona stand out. Gone are the usual cliches and set ups to make the audience jump. What this duo creates is an intensely viable story with a sense of urgency that wont let you go. You are invested in this movie until the end credits roll.
Anna Tate-Garcia (Linda Cardellini) is a CPS caseworker whose children are in the crosshairs of La Llorona. Mrs. Garcia inadvertently handed over the children of one of her clients to La Llorona because she wasn’t familiar with the folktale. She finds out what she is up against with the help of Father Perez ( Tony Amendola of Annabelle) who sends her to Rafael Olvera ( Raymond Cruz).
This is where Michael Chaves, in his directorial debut ( he is set to direct Conjuring 3 and I cannot wait) brings this script and characters to life with taut pacing and a quiet terror that will have you jumping out of your seat.