Horror movies have done a great job at making audiences terrified of creepy women in white with long seemingly unwashed black hair, and the new trailer for the James Wan produced and Michael Chaves directed The Curse Of La Llorona looks like it’s going to continue the trend.
Compared to the previous teaser trailer released several months back, this new trailer for The Curse Of La Llorona shows off a great deal more footage than before. While the first teaser was mostly a clip of a scene from the movie that showed a pair of kids being terrified by the titular weeping woman, the newer one gives us more of a look of what’s really going on here. A parent having to protect their children from a malicious spirit is nothing new in the world of horror, but what this trailer does a good job at is making The Curse Of La Llorona feel a bit different by leaning more into the religious and spiritual aspect.
The synopsis from the movies official website gives some more insight into that aspect:
“Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona’s deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.”
To give a little background on the real La Llorona legend, it’s said that she is the spirit of a women who drowned her own children and now causes misery and misfortune to anyone unlucky enough to hear her cries. She has a bad habit of taking children to replace her own and then drowning them like she did hers. Parents use her as a boogeyman type to scare children so they don’t stay out too late after dark and then pay for it later by having to get their kid a therapist.
This new movie isn’t La Llorona’s first outing in the world of horror. She’s been featured and referenced in different media all throughout the years. For those of you who watch Supernatural (2005) and remember the pilot episode, the first spirit Sam and Dean go up against is inspired by the La Llorona legend. She even pops up in video games as well in the form of a skin for the character Morgana in League Of Legends (2009)and the terrifying Witch in Left 4 Dead (2008) who viciously mauls you to death if you’re careless enough to disturb her.
Moviegoers can hear her cries when The Curse Of La Llorona comes to theaters April 19th. What do you think about the new trailer? Join the conversation in the Nightmare on Film Street community on Twitter, our Official Subreddit, and the Fiend Club Facebook Group!