Director: Michael Chaves
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Horror
Runtime: 93 min
La Llorona. The Weeping Woman. A horrifying apparition, caught between Heaven and Hell, trapped in a terrible fate sealed by her own hand. The mere mention of her name has struck terror around the world for generations. In life, she drowned her children in a jealous rage, throwing herself in the churning river after them as she wept in pain. Now her tears are eternal. La Llorona creeps in the shadows and preys on the children, desperate to replace her own and this time she is hunting down the two children of Anna.
Anna Garcia (Linda Cardellini) is a social worker raising her two children Samantha (Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen) and Chris (Roman Christou) as a single parent because her husband was killed on duty as a police officer. Anna is investigating a case involving Patricia Alvarez (Patricia Velasquez) when she comes across a supernatural element which begins to haunt her family. As she seeks help, she comes across a faith healer Rafael Olvera (Raymond Cruz). Rafael and Anna now must defend her kids from the wrath of La Llorona.
Director Michael Chaves uses jump scares, screeching and creaking sound design which one must think is cliché like cheese on pizza but that rudimentary. He uses anticipation of the audience to mock at them and that makes them laugh uncomfortably and that is a mark of good film making. The bump of this horror film is the end where the redemption point builds-up to the crescendo and then falls flat and quickly.
La Llorona scares you more than Annabelle did.
If you want to feel the jitters watch this in theaters