Nearly every horror film tends to get a spin-off, with The Conjuring having its fair share.
From the trailer for The Curse of La Llorona, it would be easy to assume that this latest film belongs in the same universe, especially given James Wan's involvement with production. This is reportedly a separate entity, although fans have pointed some visual links to the franchise.
The directorial debut from Michael Chaves stars Linda Cardellini as Anna Garcia, a social worker and widow raising her two children in the 1970s. She revisits one of her old cases, finding similarities between it and the supernatural experiences that have been plaguing her family; naturally, she digs deeper, and finds that the titular spirit is hell-bent on traumatising her children as well as herself. .
With the combination of the premise and the trailer, The Curse of La Llorona feels awfully derivative, with its aesthetic very much resembling Wan's Conjuring films. Though the film is based on Mexican folklore, it doesn't feel like anything we haven't seen before, and is just another horror film that will be forgotten in a matter of weeks.
The Curse of La Llorona, which is known as The Curse of the Weeping Woman in some international markets, will have its premiere on March 15 at SXSW Festival, with a wide release on April 19.