This film is one of those that could have done better with an R rating but, alas, PG13 takes another victim. It isn’t a terrible film. It just isn’t great either.
It is set in the early 1970’s, long before cell phones and the internet. Linda Cardellini plays a social worker and single mom with two kids. When she tries to save two young boys from what seems like an abusive mother, the boys end up dying anyway under mysterious circumstances. Thats when La Llorona comes into play – going after the social workers children next. She enlists the help of an ex-priest – who has the best lines of the movie. The actor who plays him, Raymond Cruz, gives perfect dead pan delivery of these jokes. I’m sad to say it is the best part of the film.
As far as atmospheric horror goes, The Curse of La Llorona isn’t all that scary and comes off as only mildly suspenseful. Not sure it is worth the cost of a $15 movie ticket. It’s the kind of movie that you wait for netflix to make the dvd available so you can rent it and throw back a few beers with your friends while laughing at Raymond Cruz dead panning his lines.