Marking the sixth entry into the ever-growing franchise spurred on by ‘The Conjuring’, ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ is an American supernatural horror film directed my Michael Chaves in his directorial debut. Starring Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz and Patricia Velasquez, the film premiered at the South by Southwest film conference on March 15, 2019 and received mostly mixed to positive response from critics.
‘The Curse of La Llorona’ follows social worker Anna Garcia (Cardellini), a widow raising her two children in 1970s Los Angeles. When she is called to check in on one of her prior cases, she finds signs of foul play. As she further digs into the discrepancies of the case, she finds striking similarities between it and the terrifying supernatural occurrences haunting her family. With the help of a local faith healer, she discovers that La Llorona has latched herself onto Anna and will stop at nothing to take her children. Also known as the Weeping Woman, La Llorona is a female ghost in Latin American folklore who lost her children and hence causes misfortune to those nearby. As per legend, in her search for her lost children, she takes other abandoned children and makes them her own. Ultimately turning to mysticism, Anna attempts to fight the evil entity, with the help of a disillusioned priest.
As is evident from the aforementioned synopsis, ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ contains all the regular horror flick cliches. Therefore, for fans of cheap-thrill inducing horror movies categorized by jump scares and shock value, the film may prove to be a worthwhile watch. Holding that thought, one can even make the converse point that the chances of non-fans of the genre liking the film is almost nil. Hence, in the forthcoming list I have tried to single out films which have in some way or the other defined the widely popular genre of horror. Here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. The Conjuring (2013)
Well, this comes as a no-brainer! ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ is the sixth addition to the massively successful franchise which was originally launched due to the unprecedented success of ‘The Conjuring’. Directed by James Wan on a meager budget of 20 million dollars, the film went on to gross over 319 million. Starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren, who are real life paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of haunting, the film follows the couple as they come to the assistance of the Perron Family, which is experiencing increasingly disturbing events in their farmhouse in Rhode Island in 1971.
In her review following the Los Angeles Film Festival, Sheri Linden of The Hollywood Reporter said, “With its minimal use of digital effects, its strong, sympathetic performances and ace design work, the pic harks backs in themes and methods to The Exorcist and The Amityville Horror, not quite attaining the poignancy of the former but far exceeding the latter in sheer cinematic beauty.”