Friday 24 May 2019

The Curse of La Lloronar review: 'Very much a poor relation of The Conjuring'

2 stars

Curse of La Llorona
Curse of La Llorona
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

In Michael Chaves’ Curse of La Llorona (pronounced ‘Yorona’ if you’re interested), a widowed social worker in 1970s Los Angeles is forced to confront an ancient evil.

Anna Tate-Garcia (Linda Cardellini) is helping a Mexican client named Patricia when she discovers the woman is keeping her two children concealed in a cubby hole.

After Anna takes them, and places them in care, the two boys are founded drowned in the LA River.

Anna is distraught, and quickly finds out what killed them when a vengeful 400-year-old Mexican ghost comes looking for her kids as well.

Part of the James Wan-produced Conjuring series, La Llorona is very much a poor relation, resorting too early to technical horror, cheap tricks and nervous attempts at humour.

(16, 93mins)

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