THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA
Director: Michael Chaves
Writers: Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
Stars: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez
Release Date: April 19, 2019
There are seven movies in “The Conjuring” movie universe. Hands down, the worst of all those I have scene is The Curse of La Llorona.
There is nothing redeemable of The Curse of La Llorona. There is nothing scary about it. Nothing of substance to make the stakes worthwhile. The movie is 93 minutes of hodge-podge failed jump scares and loose universe stitching.
I am no expert on “The Conjuring” cinematic universe, but to my knowledge, the only aspect of The Curse Of La Llorona that connects to the more mainstream movies is Father Perez (Tony Amendola). The scenes he is in seemed stitched together with the loosest of threads, which forces the assumption that this screenplay was originally meant to be solo before someone wanted to connect it to The Conjuring (2013) for more money.
I am scared for the second direct sequel to The Conjuring is being directed by Michael Chaves. His lack of imagination in The Curse Of La Llorona bored the viewing experience. Now the screenplay left nothing to be desired so Chaves may have been hampered by the lack of spark, but still would have had at least one scene that I could point to and say “that was cool.”
None of the acting was good, and the worst character of the bunch was Rafael (Raymond Cruz). He’s just thrown in there to try and save the day. Even his little trickery at the end using the family as bait is boring as hell because the character has zero emotions and charisma.
Skip The Curse Of La Llorona. Plain and simple.
The Curse Of La Llorona is streaming on HBO GO and HBO NOW.
STANKO RATING: F (1.0/5 Stars)