In 1970s Los Angeles something is stalking the night – and the children in Michael Chaves‘ The Curse of La Llorona. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small children are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona’s wrath is a disillusioned priest, Father Perez.
Since the moment The Curse of La Llorona premiered at SXSW it’s been the topic of debate amongst fans if it is merely a coincidence that Tony Amendola‘s character Father Perez appears in both La Llorona and in Annabelle, part of The Conjuring franchise.
Numerous viewers who saw La Llorona at SXSW have confirmed that he is indeed the same character and that there are not only references to Annabelle, but also flashbacks to the scene in which he tries to take the possessed doll into the church after taking it from the home of Mia and John Form, the young couple in Annabelle. So what does this mean for the franchise?
La Llorona, the “Weeping Woman”, is a horrifying apparition, caught between Heaven and Hell, trapped in a fate sealed by her own hand. The mere mention of her name has struck terror around the world for generations. In life, she drowned her children in a jealous rage, throwing herself in the churning river after them as she wept in pain. Now her tears are eternal. They are lethal, and those who hear her death call in the night are doomed. La Llorona creeps in the shadows and preys on the children, desperate to replace her own. As the centuries have passed, her desire has grown more voracious…and her methods more terrifying.
Produced by horror heavy hitters James Wan (Conjuring franchise) and Gary Dauberman(IT), the film stars Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Marisol Ramirez, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, and Roman Christou.
The Curse of La Llorona will haunt theaters beginning April 19, 2019.