Verdict: A self-aware horror flick packed with satisfying scares.

The Mexican legend of La Llorona has been the subject of children’s nightmares for decades now. Told at family gatherings to make kids realize the dangers of loitering outdoors in the dark, The Curse of The Weeping Woman brings the terrifying and tragic tale to the big screen. Produced by the makers of the super spooky Conjuring franchise, this film is said to be set in the same universe. Writers Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis have teamed up with director Michael Chaves to give this folk tale a modern perspective. Let’s see how it turned out!

What’s The Curse of the Weeping Woman About:

Set in 1973 Los Angeles, this is the story of a dedicated social services worker named Anna Tate-Garcia (Linda Cardellini) who has recently been widowed. As she juggles between her tasking job and taking care of her two children Sam (Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen) and Chris (Roman Christou), she encounters a tragic case. As she separates Patricia Alvarez (Patricia Velasquez) from her kids for neglecting her two sons, she begins to find similarities between their case and her own family. As the inexplicable incidents begin to escalate, she realizes that it all comes back to the infamous supernatural entity of La Llorona (Marisol Ramirez). With no other solutions at hand, Anna approaches a Catholic priest turned shaman (Raymond Cruz) for help. The danger for Anna’s kids becomes more and more life-threatening as they try to escape the haunting.

What Works:

While this film comes from the makers of the Conjuring franchise, it doesn’t take itself as seriously. It takes the premise of an age-old Mexican folklore and uses it to deliver a classic horror film that’s all about the scares. Setting the film at a short 90 minutes, the filmmakers use all the terrifying tropes in the book to deliver this spooky tale. That’s definitely not a bad thing for this film because it lets you in on the ride and urges you to just enjoy it, one jump scare at a time. The Curse of The Weeping Woman has a convincing premise, sufficient drama, decent twists, and enough scares to make it worth the watch.

Linda Cardellini and Patricia Velasquez do a great job in the roles of two resilient moms who are ready to do anything for the sake of their kids. Raymond Cruz is a great addition with his stoic attitude and quippy one-liners. The performances from child actors Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Roman Christou, Oliver Alexander, and Aiden Lewandowski are also quite good. It’s a treat to see Tony Amendola as Father Perez which adds weight to the speculation that this film takes place in the Conjuring universe.

What Could’ve Been Better:

Instead of choosing between focusing on the horrific drama or delivering a terrifying satirical tale, The Curse of the Weeping Woman film places itself in the middle. Although it is a bit similar to other horror films we’ve come to love, for what it’s worth, it’s a fun experience.

Why You Should Watch:

Coming from the producers of the Conjuring franchise, The Curse of The Weeping Woman is a terrifying treat. If you’re the kind of person who loves a good jump scare then you’re in the right place with La Llorona!