La Llorona NOT “La Yerona”

Julissa Villalobos

The creepiest of Mexican tales has made it to the big screen in its first film adaptation, The Curse of La Llorona hit box offices Apr. 18 and is here to haunt this new generation of children.

The chilling story of La Llorona stays its authentic and creepy self in this modern rendition, with the only issue in this movie being the non-Mexican actors’ inability to pronounce La Llorona.

They literally said, “La Yerona”

The Latino supporting actors in this film completely steal the show, they deliver such pain and intensity with their characters and are the best parts of the entire movie.

La Llorona herself slowly lurks in shadows and appears on the screen accompanied by her crying and moaning about her hijos, which that itself gives you the creeps.

Although the movie opens in a small town in Mexico, “The Curse of La Llorona” conveniently takes place in 1970’s Los Angeles, making the creepy tale hit home for part of the audience.

Children are drowned in the Los Angeles river bed and the camera pans over a retro looking Echo Park giving the viewer a great look at a Los Angeles in a way they have never seen before.

The tale of La Llorona has been passed down from one generation to the next, each person giving the tale its own twist or slight plot change. But all of the variations of the story have the same purpose, to keep children from acting up because if they disobeyed their parents, La Llorona would take them away.

The 2019 version strays off from its usual purpose and becomes a tale of grief and revenge but this gives way to a heartwarming ending.

“The Curse of La Llorona” was better than anticipated and proved to be great fun for families who have passed down the story of La Llorona and families who have never even heard of the tale.

It is a good addition to “The Conjuring” universe, especially after the embarrassment that was “The Nun.”