While Warner Brothers may have some issues with its DC Extended Universe, it’s horror films set in The Conjuring Universe continue to do their job, deliver some solid scares (and some mediocre ones) and usually attracts solid casts.
The Curse of La Llorona is the sixth film in the shared universe, connected, in this case, by the presence of Father Perez (Tony Amendola) who is on the edges of this story set in 1973. The film, like it’s predecessors, stick with what works, ghosts, jump scares, and a little child endangerment, and while the two Conjuring films are arguably still the strongest entries in the series, all of the films are fun in their own way.
The story at heart here is taken from a Latin American myth that concerns a weeping woman, who committed a terrible crime, and now walks the afterlife, claiming children (usually by drowning them).
Linda Cardellini plays widowed single mother, Anna who works with Child Services. When she tries to help out on a case, she soon finds herself, and her children, in something she doesn’t understand as La Llorona stalks her family.
Raymond Cruz joins the cast as Rafael Olvera, a former priest who has taken to investigating and trying to stop some of the more horrifying paranormal events that seem to haunt this universe. Father Perez sends them to the Olvera who prepares them for a fight to save their entire family, and their souls.
Sadly, the film doesn’t get beyond the jump scare realm into the creepy, which is too bad as the subject material is abundant, instead, this one plays like your typical scary movie, using cuts, musical stings, and telegraphed scares to keep everyone on edge.
Still, the production value on these films is high enough to make them look great, and they keep raking in enough to keep telling more stories in that cinematic realm. The blu-ray’s sound makes full use of the stings, and scares, and the picture is solid and beautiful, letting us catch glimpses of things in black shadows.
The blu-ray comes loaded with some solid extras including a look at the myth of La Llarona, some deleted scenes and storyboards, and the film’s creation of La Llarona.
The Curse of La Llarona is an okay entry into the Conjuring realm. It’s not entirely satisfying, and a lot of it has been done before, including the poor, questionable decisions that a lot of the characters make, as well as its jump scares but it does show that Warner seems to know what their doing by building this horror franchise.
The Curse of La Llorona comes home on blu-ray and DVD today from Warner Brothers – pick it up and continue your exploration of the dark and spooky corners of the Conjuring Universe.