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Review: The Curse of La Llorona

I'm an unashamed fan of James Wan's brand of horror. The man, and those who've worked under him, know how to set up and execute scares with little in the way of special effects or blood. And, with the exception of the first Annabelle film, the Wan brand never disappoints.

Which is why I'm disappointed with his latest production, The Curse of La Llorona. Is it a decent funhouse ride? Sure, but the formula is starting to wear thin.

Based on the folktale of The Weeping Woman, The Curse of La Llorona finds Linda Cardellini's social worker coming face to face with an evil spirit that wants her children. And we pretty much get what we expect in the way of spooky goings on, including scary sounds, spectral images, and many things that go bump in the day... and night.

Everything is executed to perfection, but I felt very little tension as I've seen The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, all the Insidious movies, and the two Annabelle films. If you've watched them, you can tell what is going to happen, and how everything is going to play out.

Sure, Michael Chaves has crafted a great looking movie, and there's no doubt the man is a talented director. But I hope, when it comes to the third Conjuring movie, he and his screenwriters try a few new things to keep the horror alive.

And yes, this film does fit into the ever expanding Conjuring universe.

As it is, The Curse of La Llorona is a Bad for me. It's a decent horror offering, but offers nothing new for audiences.

PS: I don't think Linda Cardellini has aged a day since Freaks and Geeks. Not. One. Day. Thanks, Linda!


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