'The Curse of La Llorona' [Blu-ray+DVD]
(Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velásquez, Marisol Ramirez, Sean Patrick Thomas, et al / Blu-ray + DVD + Digital / R / 2019 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: The timeless Hispanic legend comes to terrifying life in 'The Curse of La Llorona.'
Set in 1973 Los Angeles, the film tells the story of Anna Tate-Garcia (Linda Cardellini), a social worker and widowed single mom struggling to balance the two roles while still coping with the loss of her husband.
Blu-ray Verdict: When Anna Garcia (Linda Cardellini), a social worker and widow raising her two children in 1970s Los Angeles, is called to check in on one of her cases, she finds signs of foul play.
As she digs deeper, she finds striking similarities between the case and the terrifying supernatural occurrences haunting her family.
Enlisting the help of a local faith healer, she discovers that La Llorona has latched herself onto Anna and will stop at nothing to take her children.
La Llorona, also known as the Weeping Woman, is a female ghost in Latin American folklore who lost her children and causes misfortune to those nearby.
As she searches for them, she takes other lost children, making them her own. Anna turns to mysticism with the help of a disillusioned priest to fight the evil entity.
As we all know by now, 'The Conjuring' universe consumes successful horror film icons and devices, such as demons, possessed dolls, exorcists, evil dead, zombies, anti vampire tools, Kurt Barlow-like makeup in most all it turns its evil hands too, and now director James Wan adds his own spin to all the local monster tales and ghost stories circling our world as part of his own 'The Conjuring' universe installment.
In truth, and as I think you will all agree, a horror movie has to keep the speed going and get to the darker thrills that this genre brings.
Thankfully 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.
Indeed, '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 overly 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, this 'La llorona' film may not be the first one in film history (the original was 1933), but for my money it's the best so far.
Again, the film is fun because it leans into being horror movie schlock and doesn't get bogged down with unnecessary filler. Furthermore, the film moves from one horror set piece to another with barely any down time which means there's no time to get up to pee!
Sure it might feel a little bit repetitive at times and plays out like a short film stretched out to a feature length film, but with the best bits of the film definitely including the aforementioned Cruz and also Linda Cardellini - together with some pretty awesome imagery - 'The Curse of La Llorona' is definitely worth you time and money. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
- The Myth of La Llorona
- Behind the Curse
- The Making of a Movie Monster
- Deleted Scenes
'The Curse of La Llorona' is out August 6th, 2019 on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Official 'The Curse of La Llorona' Trailer