If I’m completely upfront with you all, I’ve never been a fan of horror films. On the rare chance that a release in that genre piques my interest, it more than likely has some connection to a previous movie I loved. This release was no exception. The Curse Of La Llorona is a deliciously crafted step back into the Conjuring cinematic universe which will scare you to death. There’s nothing fancy about Michael Chaves’s latest film. The director takes a simple premise and allows it to unfold in a domestic setting. As for the connection to any number of the previous Conjuring centric films, it’s more a well placed supporting character or a timely call back than anything blatantly obvious.
Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, and Patricia Velasquez were stellar throughout the film. The pacing in ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ is brisk which adds a level of enjoyment to the film. Michael Burgess Cinematography was stellar in enhancing the mood of the film. Instead of easy breezy shots, the camera seemed methodical as it held it’d shot quite a bit allowing the tension to build rapidly. Melanie Jones production design was terrific as well. She skillfully crafted simple set pieces that seem to have ample space for the kids to be in the moment.
There’s nothing gut wretching or gross about this release. The Curse Of La Llorona does mess with your mind making you keenly aware of the slightest of noise. For someone who freely admits my disdain for this type of film, I found myself enjoying each twist and turn in the narrative. It was enough for me to realize just how different these releases are in the Conjuring cinematic universe from other films of the same genre. Sometimes different isn’t a bad thing.