This upcoming supernatural horror film set to be released on April 19, 2019 basically centers around the trials and tribulations of Anna Garcia (Linda Cardellini), a Los Angeles social worker as she tries to protect her children from an imminent danger posed by juvenile-killing ghost in La Llorona. This flick is directed by Michael Chaves in his directorial debut and produced by James Wan. The second trailer of the movie just dropped a few days ago. Have a watch.
(This clip is courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)
Straight off the bat, I’d say I am not really looking forward to this film because its plot bears a striking resemblance to many other horror films out there nonetheless, I have to applaud how smartly connected the 1st and 2nd trailers have been presented. The first one addresses the folklore aspect of the story with Anna consulting the priest about La Llorona convinced that the ghost is only a myth meant to scare children into not wandering around in the dark of night unsupervised, only for the Priest to negate her perception. It’s an aspect that leads up to a scene where the weeping ghost attacks two children in a car.
The second trailer, I believe, follows up on the death of the two children with their mother mourning their unfortunate death and Anna consoling her for her loss. From then on, we see Anna take center stage in the story given that she has children who so happen to be enticing fodder for the main antagonist. I found this connection quite cool and unique but at the same time, I think the two trailers have covered to much ground as far as the story is concerned. So much so that I get the impression that the actual film will not have more of the story to offer.
On the upside, I like the fact that children will be the main target for La Llorona; however twisted it might sound. I believe their innocent, raw and heartfelt reactions will spruce up the horror elements even more.
Even though James Wan is not on the director’s chair in this, I think any fan of his work can tell that he is contributing more to the movie than just producing. The tone and aesthetic of the narrative as shown in the trailers is his trademark especially with the elongated suspense, predictable jump-scares and the divine intervention aspect. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if this movie ends up being a surprise addition to the Conjuring universe; Wan might pull an M. Night Shyamalan on us.