Review – The Curse of La Llorona (2019), Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velásquez

The Curse of La Llorona is a low-budget supernatural horror film directed by Michael Chaves in his directorial debut. The film is set in Los Angeles in 1973 and is based on a Mexican folklore tale. The story follows a mother who attempts to save her children from a malicious ghost that has been trapped for 300 years, destined to roam the earth, seeking children to steal and drown.

The film is produced by James Wan and has a screenplay by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. The cast includes Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz and Patricia Velásquez. The evocative cinematography is by Michael Burgess and the equally evocative music score is from Joseph Bishara.

This is the sixth instalment in The Conjuring Universe, a horror film franchise inspired by the cases of paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, who attempt to assist people apparently possessed by demonic spirits.

The franchise, distributed by Warner Brothers, started with The Conjuring (2013), and has gone on to include The Conjuring 2 (2016), The Nun (2018) and the Annabelle series of films.