Folklore legends have been around since the beginning of time. Big Foot, The Headless Horseman, Santa Claus, Bloody Mary and more are just a few of the ones I remember from my childhood. I specifically remember at slumber parties playing Bloody Mary and how we all believed the mentioning of her name there times in front of a mirror would summon her back from the dead.
Well, in the latin community, their haunted horror legend revolves around LaLorna. Apparently, in a fit of anger La Llorna drowned her own children and then took her own life. It is believed that she roams the earth inhabiting homes with children, crying and plotting to take the human children as a replacement of her own.
The Curse of La Llorona examines this wives tales from the vantage point of a family who has recently lost their patriarch. Anna Tate-Garcia (Linda Cardellini) is a social worker whose client Patricia Alvarez (Patricia Velasquez) is accused of killing her own children and being held in custody. Everyone believes she is guilty until several supernatural events begin at the Garcia house making Anna question everything. Matters are further complicated when the very department Anna works for begins to question her parenting when burns are discovered on her kids.
Horror films are not my jam and yet I have seen several of them in the last few months. I have to admit the ONLY reason I screened this one was for Linda and Sean Patrick-Thomas. I also have to admit that although I am a big fan of both, I was a little disappointed that yet again someone of another ethnicity has been swapped in for a leading lady character meant to be Latin. With no shortage of Latina actresses, I am simply mind boggled that no matter how much we express our discontent, Hollywood continues to do as they please with no regard for the culture.
The Curse of La Llorona scared the crap out of me and I spend most of the film’s pivotal frightening moments screening through my fingers and yelling at the screen. However, the audience around me seemed to be magnificently amused by the horror…go figure. So, if horror is you jam and genre, The Curse of La Llorona produced by Warner Brothers is in theatres now.
FYI…Interviewed and chatted with Sean Patrick Thomas about the film and it will air at 5pm on April 21 on The Curvy Critic at Black Hollywood Live.