The Curse of La Llorona

A social worker dealing with the disappearance of two children fears for her own family after beginning the investigation.
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Film Cast:

  • Anna Tate-Garcia: Linda Cardellini
  • Rafael Olvera: Raymond Cruz
  • Patricia Alvarez: Patricia Velásquez
  • Chris Garcia: Roman Christou
  • Samantha Garcia: Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen
  • La Llorona: Marisol Ramirez
  • Detective Cooper: Sean Patrick Thomas
  • Father Perez: Tony Amendola
  • Carlos: Oliver Alexander
  • Tomas: Aiden Lewandowski
  • Donna: Irene Keng
  • David Garcia: DeLaRosa Rivera
  • April: Madeleine McGraw
  • Bocanegra / Female customer: Sophia Santi
  • Simon: Jethan Camarena
  • Carol: Fontana Sim
  • Millie: Scarlett Black
  • Wealthy Man: Don Roberson
  • Sam: Sierra Heuermann
  • Officer Claro: Paul Rodríguez
  • Mr. Hankins: John Marshall Jones
  • Perez: Ricardo Mamood-Vega
  • ER Doctor: Andrew Tinpo Lee

Film Crew:

  • Producer: James Wan
  • Sound Designer: Scott Martin Gershin
  • Foley Editor: Walter Spencer
  • Executive Producer: Walter Hamada
  • Executive Producer: Richard Brener
  • Stunts: Michael Owen
  • Music: Joseph Bishara
  • Writer: Tobias Iaconis
  • Stunt Coordinator: Kurt Bryant
  • Orchestrator: Dana Niu
  • Casting Director: Rich Delia
  • First Assistant Director: Jeffrey Wetzel
  • Executive Producer: Dave Neustadter
  • Stunts: Alice Rietveld
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Joe Barnett
  • Unit Production Manager: Carrie Morrow
  • Stunts: Amanda Hall
  • Editor: Peter Gvozdas
  • Production Design: Melanie Jones
  • Boom Operator: Tim Song Jones
  • Makeup Department Head: Eleanor Sabaduquia
  • Producer: Gary Dauberman
  • Script Supervisor: Renetta G. Amador
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Adam Jenkins
  • Sound Effects Editor: Jamie Hardt
  • Music Editor: Julie Pearce
  • Costume Design: Megan Spatz
  • Digital Intermediate Colorist: Walter Volpatto
  • Executive Producer: Michelle Morrissey
  • ADR Editor: Michelle Pazer
  • Hair Department Head: Traci E. Smithe
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist: Gage Hubbard
  • Unit Publicist: James Ferrera
  • Visual Effects Editor: Lorena Talpan
  • Supervising ADR Editor: Michael D. Wilhoit
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Dave McMoyler
  • Foley Artist: Mike Horton
  • Assistant Sound Editor: Andrew Bock
  • Stunts: Olivia Summers
  • Construction Coordinator: Drew Rebelein
  • ADR Mixer: Brian Magrum
  • Property Master: Annie Brandt
  • Stunts: Kelli Barksdale
  • Sound Effects Editor: Masanobu ‘Tomi’ Tomita
  • Unit Production Manager: Philip Waley
  • Director: Michael Chaves
  • Post Production Supervisor: Pamela Winn-Barnett
  • First Assistant “A” Camera: Steven Cueva
  • Transportation Coordinator: Kevin Caira
  • Producer: Emile Gladstone
  • ADR Mixer: Judah Getz
  • Sound Effects Editor: Jesse Garcia
  • Key Grip: Pat O’Mara
  • Digital Intermediate Producer: Angelique Perez
  • Executive Producer: Michael Clear
  • Digital Intermediate Producer: Pamela Scott-Farr
  • Writer: Mikki Daughtry
  • Chief Lighting Technician: Nicholas Kaat
  • Second Assistant Director: Marc Newland
  • Grip: Sean Burris
  • Second Assistant “A” Camera: Jozo Zovko
  • “B” Camera Operator: Craig Bauer
  • Foley Artist: Tim McKeown
  • Art Direction: Alyssa Hill
  • ADR Mixer: Bob Lacivita
  • Stunts: Linda Kessler
  • First Assistant Accountant: Coleen Aiello
  • Production Accountant: Joel Tokarsky
  • Set Costumer: Monavie Tutop
  • Stunts: Juliana Potter
  • Digital Imaging Technician: Oliver Mancebo
  • Assistant Location Manager: Rich Heichel
  • Studio Teacher: Belinda McCormick
  • Set Dresser: Tim Dodge
  • Co-Producer: Victoria Palmeri
  • Co-Producer: Judson Scott
  • Set Dresser: Pj Aguilera
  • “A” Camera Operator: Michael Burgess
  • Dolly Grip: Peter Weidenfeller
  • First Assistant Editor: Alain J. Romi
  • Stunts: Noelle Therese Mulligan
  • Art Department Coordinator: Stacee Hammond
  • Assistant Chief Lighting Technician: Nathan Dean Fetzer
  • Stunts: Ator Tamras
  • Transportation Captain: Tina Peterson

Movie Reviews:

  • MSB: If you enjoy reading my Spoiler-Free reviews, please follow my blog 🙂

    It’s not as bad as The Nun, let me write this straight away. If there’s one thing that this movie proves is Michael Chavestalented filmmaking skills, which offers hope for The Conjuring 3. Contrary to the other spin-off of the universe, The Curse of La Llorona toned down on the lazy exposition and elevated its scary sequences, simply by having a more capable director. Beautiful one-take scenes are spread throughout the runtime, which not only increase the suspense but prove that Chaves actually works hard to provide a terrifying environment.

    He also delivers some effective and innovative jump scares, even though most of them still follow an annoyingly predictable timing. These are still heavy on the cliche of “character turning her head, big ugly monster face screams and the score goes from silence to screeching volume.” Scenes like these aren’t scary anymore and they feel dated, as well as the typical origin story. There’s nothing new or exciting in an “urban legend turned true.” Fortunately, the backstory is simple, it isn’t filled with explicit exposition every two minutes, and the short runtime helps the film to develop through a fast pacing. Sadly, it’s just another common horror screenplay that the writers took from the scripts cabinet.

    Linda Cardellini gives a strong performance as the protagonist. Even though every character in this movie makes questionable decisions that lead to avoidable events (something inevitable in horror films), Anna is a compelling and courageous woman, who only wants to do what’s best for any children, not only their own. Raymond Cruz portrays Rafael, a priest who sort of almost is a deus ex machina. He barely has any kind of decent character development, but he works well enough as comic relief to lighten up an otherwise too dark tone. The kids are good, but Patricia Velasquez (Patricia Alvarez) is way over-the-top, which doesn’t help her already not-so-good script.

    All in all, The Curse of La Llorona is … okay. It’s not near as horrible as The Nun, and honestly, that’s a good compliment for such a typical and cliche horror flick. Michael Chaves truly saves what could have been a disaster with another director. Wonderfully handled one-take sequences, which elevate the suspense levels, and he also produced some imaginative jump scares, even if most of them still lack actual scariness. Linda Cardellini is great as the lead, but every character is compelled to make dumb decisions to move the plot forward. Some characters needed more care in their scripts, and more focus on the story to tell instead of just creating scares after scares.

    Close, but not close enough …

    Rating: C+

  • Gimly: Where I’m from, this was marketed as _The Curse of the Weeping Woman_ ’cause I guess Australia can’t be trusted with to pronounce a Spanish word. Similarly, I guess Warner Bros. can’t be trusted to make a horror movie without cramming it into the bloated _Conjuring_ franchise.

    I love seeing Linda Cardellini get work, but I don’t know that a La Llorona movie was the best choice to put her in lead of, and I do know that **this** La Llorona movie was a bad choice, just like… Generally speaking. “Bad” might be too far. Bland? Old hat? Something along those lines might be a label that fits a little better. Definitely not the label “good” though.

    _Final rating:★★ – Had some things that appeal to me, but a poor finished product._

  • JPV852: Acting was fine but the rest was one big cliche of the supernatural-horror genre with too many jump scares and the evil entity pretty much reminded me of the Nun, which makes sense since this is set in the Conjuring Universe.
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