2018: The Curse of La Llorona is released. Directed by Michael Chaves, the film introduces to general audiences a new story of Mexican folklore, La Llorona. To me it looked promising, a new original horror film not part of a franchise.
Until close to release, The Curse of La Llorona was confirmed to be part of the Conjuring Universe.
I thought the film was going to be like homework but I forget how emotional the plot to The Curse of La Llorona is. A recently case worker blamed for the sudden burn marks on his kids arms? La Llorona is a curse, all right, as the Hispanic ghost of a weeping woman latches herself onto a family. I like that the film features a diverse cast, exploring different beliefs than that of a traditional American household. The Weeping Woman is an iconic sight herself.
Ultimately, though, the film devolves into traditional supernatural horror. I wish that the film was made on its own terms instead of being set in the Conjuring Universe, as then it would feel more independent and less of ‘leta make it part of a famous IP for money’s sake. Being an independent tale could explore more of it’s foreign roots.
Joseph Bishara composed music for the film, being in his typical wheelhouse.