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The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

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Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.

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Michael Chaves
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Cardellini ... Anna Tate-Garcia
Roman Christou ... Chris
Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen ... Samantha
Raymond Cruz ... Rafael Olvera
Marisol Ramirez ... La Llorona
Patricia Velasquez ... Patricia Alvarez
Sean Patrick Thomas ... Detective Cooper
Tony Amendola ... Father Perez
Irene Keng ... Donna
Oliver Alexander ... Carlos
Aiden Lewandowski ... Tomas
Paul Rodriguez ... Officer Claro
John Marshall Jones ... Mr. Hankins
Ricardo Mamood-Vega ... Perez
Jaydan Valdivia ... Diego
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Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona's deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide. Written by Warner Bros.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and terror | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Children See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,347,631, 21 April 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$53,350,225, 23 May 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,093,466, 22 May 2019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Credits' copyright year is 2018. See more »

Goofs

Anna's car has a 7-digit California license plate in the 1AAA111 format. The movie is set in 1973 but this format was not used until 1980. Cars in California in 1973 had 6-digit plates in the 111AAA format. See more »

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Samantha: Rinsing!
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La Llorona is heard crying at the end of the closing credits. See more »

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Cursed To Mediocrity?
20 April 2019 | by rgkarimSee all my reviews

Horror movies, they seem to come a dime a dozen these days, following a carbon copy formula that does not shy away from trying to appease the die-hard fans. With the establishment of universe trends, various film franchises continue to work their hardest to match the success Marvel's comic universe is currently pulling. And tonight's review is a movie that barely finds a way into one of these universes, but still tries to make a claim on its own. Yes, tonight yours truly takes a look at the haunted cries of:

The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

Director: Michael Chaves Writers: Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis Stars: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez

LIKES:

Jumps into scares Good Run Time Good Use of Shadows Decent Acting Comedic Relief Good Make Up

Summary: A horror movie has to keep the speed going and get to the darker thrills that this genre brings. The weeping woman's journey does not hesitate to give its audience the chills it wants, hopping into the jumps and creepy tone within minutes of it starting. As such, the pace of the movie is very brisk, keeping in time to present as much of the scare fest as they could in the 90-minute run time. For yours truly, the jump scares don't quite get me, but instead the creepy atmosphere is there to settle into the crevices of your mind. La Llorona is all about utilizing the shadows to stoke the embers of your imagination to craft unspeakable horrors. It's those slight sounds and eerie music that were the scariest components for me and it worked well. I'll hand it to the cast in this film, for they sold the terror of the movie, as if they were being haunted. From the kids to the adults, each one did a wonderful job with the limited roles they had in this film. My favorite was Raymond Cruz, not because he was the star of the film but more so the comedic relief used in his role. Despite all the bone chilling screams, and various telekinetic pulls, the rogue priest makes for some laughs without it being too forced. Finally, in regards to haunted make ups, La Llorona does a nice job of the pale pallor, dark lipstick, and gory liquids to satisfy most make up fans. Nice execution, with some haunting special effects makes for an interesting antagonist.







DISLIKES:

Simplistic Story Is Okay Jump Scares not So much Flat Characters Trailers Revealed Much Unoriginal Makeup Not The Best Connection To The Universe

SUMMARY: While scaring is the name of the game in these types of movies, the fact they are pumped out rapidly leads to some quality drops for this reviewer. The simplistic nature of this film is a limitation for me, the potential decreased by just the simple presentation that they pulled out. No twists, no original edge, and a story that held a lot of promise were all just mediocre for me and led to a story that was hard to grip onto for me. Even the characters were only semi-there, flat one-dimensional people that weren't the most engaging for me to hook onto. Perhaps the scares would get you, but seasoned horror people like me won't find much in originality from scares, nor the most suspenseful climax. Now part of this was due to me finding tricks of avoiding jumping, and others due to the trailers showing much of these scenes in their brief life on the television. Yes, La Llorona falls victim to the trailer revealing too much, giving you much of the premise in the short two-minute commercials. And while I said the makeup was executed well, this universe is having trouble coming up with unique make ups that don't follow the same template. Because of this, the weeping woman may look good, but she's another pale figure with black lines to emphasize death. And finally, the connection to the Conjuring Universe is like a derivative line touching the main curve. A brief exchange from a shared character it the only opening to the universe and without a teaser or much else to connect, the story telling continues to be lackluster at best.

The VERDICT:

In truth, the movie about the legendary figure is okay for me. It fills the void of a scary movie for the month, and has some of the traditional means to generate a few jumps. Your best source of entertainment will be to bring those who scare easily to the film and watching them react. Yet in terms of the movie, it's just not the same dark magic that the Conjuring wielded a long time ago. It's got the superficial "charm" to it, and uses shadows well to terrorize the actors they have casted/ Fortunately, despite the limitations, the movie has a low run time, meaning you won't be in the theater that long in case it's not your particular cup of tea. Worth a trip to the theater? Kind of, but I'd say this one leans more towards the home viewing in this reviewer's opinion. My scores are:

Horror/Mystery/Thriller: 6.5 Movie Overall 6.0


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