Can they stop the malevolent ghost from taking Anna's children? It effectively copies the directing style of James Wan The Conjuring , The Conjuring 2 , who serves as a producer here. The creepily quiet sound design is enhanced by Joseph Bishara's score.
But overall the movie feels somewhat bloodless and not particularly edgy; it's more like watching a classic haunted-house movie than anything fresh or startling. It's a shame that the La Llorona legend wasn't used in a more interesting way, shedding light on what she means to specific cultures, rather than appropriating her and turning her into just another standard-issue movie ghost. Families can talk about The Curse of La Llorona 's violence. Does the fact that much of the violence is directed at children make it more shocking?
What's the impact of media violence on kids? How scary is the movie? What's the appeal of horror movies? How does the movie fit into the Conjuring universe? How does this universe work, overall, as a cinematic experience? What did you learn about the legend of La Llorona?
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Learn how we rate. Parents' Ultimate Guide to Support our work! The Curse of La Llorona. Gerardo finishes the story and says that Margarita's brother was murdered violently when he was four because he was a firstborn. Felipe passes the story off as just a folktale but the house is then visited by a woman in a black cloak who is taking up the job of a nanny for Felipe and Margarita's newborn baby.
Luisa under the alias "Carmen Asiul" is accepted but secretly plans on murdering the baby. She tries killing the baby many times but is unsuccessful with each attempt. Gerardo is suspicious of the new nanny since he feels he has seen her before but cannot make out where. One night Felipe and Margarita decide to go out, leaving only Luisa and Gerardo home.
Luisa is prepared to kill the baby using the very dagger with which she killed her own children. Gerardo realizes that it is Luisa and rushes to the baby's bedroom. Luisa is somehow pulled back and as Gerardo opens the door, he finds that Luisa has vanished and the dagger is impaled on the ground.
With the baby safe, the parents home, and Luisa's ghost gone, Gerardo burns the dagger and the drawing of Luisa in a fire.
He realizes that the curse under which his family had suffered for years is finally gone. The film started off with a semi-decent opening scene. It wasn't overly long but it did enough to set the tone for the movie. Then the tone drastically changes in the next scene, then goes back to trying to be scary in the next, then everything is back to normal, then scary again. This continues for quite a lot of the movie and it really made it hard to stay in the suspenseful mood the film was trying to achieve.
The problems with the spirit were very distracting by the end of the film. Very rarely in films like this does anything make a lot of sense, but at least they're not usually as in your face as they are in this film. A spirit that can seemingly do anything, can also only walk through one door to enter a house? An embarrassingly bad piece of writing there. The rules just seemed to be made up as they went along to fit the story.
The film's biggest strength is, as you might imagine, 'La Llorona' herself. She is suitably creepy. She was also used a lot which I liked. Often in these Conjuring universe movies the title character goes missing for large parts of the movie. That can't be said here. The film relies on a lot of jump-scares, some of them are actually done very well and caught me off guard. Nothing new here, formulaic, but some good performances, tension, and jump scares. Some nice camera shots. Worthy of a watch, especially as a horror film fan.
I enjoyed it. The curse of La Llorona dissapoints in every aspect. The cast is so cheap, and the screenplay so poor. The writers did not put any effort to develop a smarter story, with deep stuff or something. You will only find a sad, generic and pathetic attempt to scare people. La Llorona will make you cry When i knew that it was in the conjuring universe I immediately wanted to see it and I knew the curse of la llorona previously so it made me wanted to see it even more, my brother and i went to see it my brother is a huge fan of the the conjuring universe We had high hopes for it and oh boy was it disappointing.
The negatives: Let's start with how they didn't take advantage of the amazing story basically they told the story in about two minutes and that's it,they did mention it once or twice afterward but it didn't do justice to the story.
Second thing to talk about is the jump scares, the movie consisted of jump scares With the examination of the first of thirty minutes after that it was either a jump scare or the music leading to a jump scare.
That's all i have to say if the movie did anything good it was that it made us laugh. Just going after the shocking effect to thrill the audience does not make a story good by a long shot. There needs to be some everyday common sense on how one reacts to things that don't make sense.
But whenever I thought the story would become smart, it became more and more asinine. The sh Gone are good ole days of great writing. This film is the worst. I really enjoyed this movie.
I think the way to go is Dolby Digital because the immersive sound really adds to the scares and sounds of La Llarona and keeps your attention. What I love most about this movie, is that La Llarona is very visible throughout the movie.
You actually see the spirit for good amounts of time and not just intended for a cheap jump scares. I also love that the mother quickly sees the spirit and right away believes in this and doesn't think her kids are just crazy and seeing things.
The cinematography was beautiful as well. Now, they're are things I didn't like. Things that were just illogical and predictable. I know that little girl was way smarter than to open the door to reach for her doll while a spirit she knows wants to get her.
I also didn't like how at first, when the mother saw the burns on the girls wrist, it was quickly dismissed and to really be believed as just a bad fall. Last but not least, why didn't the kids just say what they saw at first. How could anyone keep that a secret. Retrieved 16 August Giornate degli Autori in Italian. Archived from the original on 23 October Retrieved 13 August Archived from the original on 29 November Archived from the original on 6 November Retrieved 6 November Archived from the original on 9 February Retrieved 10 February San Antonio Current.
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