2019 promises a lot of great horror options for fans, including IT: Chapter Two, the new Pet Sematary, Jordan Peele’s creepy Us, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, 3 From Hell, and more. Also coming is The Curse of La Llorona.
Based on the real-life monster from Latin American folklore, The Curse of La Llorona stars Linda Cardellini as 1970s Los Angeles social worker Anna Garcia, whose cases lead her to discover the titular child-stealing ghost.
When La Llorona targets Anna’s own children, the stakes ramp up, as this malevolent spirit doesn’t intend to leave without claiming more innocent kids for herself. Modern horror maestro James Wan produces the film.
Warner Bros. and New Line previously released a teaser trailer for The Curse of La Llorona, although that clip was actually pretty long. Now, the studios have released the full-length trailer, which can be seen below.
Personally, I’m not sure how I feel about this movie. The La Llorona legend is a great inspiration for a horror flick, but like so many modern movies, The Curse of La Llorona looks to be packed full of cheap jump scares.
While jump scares can be very effective if used well, it’s best to use them sparingly, as it’s a really lazy way of generating frights. Anyone can startle the viewer, it takes far more effort to unsettle them and creep them out.