The Curse of La Llorona Ending Explained (In Detail)

Spoilers Alert:

The marketing has kept it quiet so far, but already after the first screenings of the horror film The Curse of La Llorona The connection was floating around the internet: Michael Chaves is delivering another spin-off from the “Conjuring” universe with his feature film debut. We will reveal in our review whether this was successful.

The Plot Summary

Los Angeles, 1973. Anna Tate Garcia (Linda Cardellini), a social worker and single widow, is desperate to juggle her job and her children while grieving the loss of her husband. In the course of her work with the families she looks after, Anna often moves through a variety of delusions and beliefs in ghosts and usually finds out their personal demons behind the events. When she is called to the home of the desperate Patricia Alvarez (Patricia Velasquez), she finds her two sons locked in a room and interprets this as a dangerous sign of abuse. Although Anna is determined to help Patricia, her first concern is the safety of the children. Given her ignorance of the very real danger, she commits the mother to a mental institution and takes the children into custody – completely unaware of what she is about to unleash or the destruction it will cause. Because deep into the night, a ghostly whimpering echoes through the corridors of the children’s shelter where the two boys sleep. When their bodies are pulled out of the river a short time later, the desperate mother blames Anna and issues a chilling warning: La Llorona has her children now, but Anna’s children could be next…

Movie explanation of the ending

Anyone who just thought that they would have to wait until the summer of this year before there was finally something new to see from the “Conjuring” series, which has now grown to five films, with “Annabelle 3”, will certainly be surprised by the following news : Michael Chaves, effects specialist, short film director and now director of “The Curse of Llorona”, is not just presenting any horror film with his Hollywood feature debut, which also happened to be produced by “Conjuring” mastermind James Wan. Over the course of its crisply staged 93 minutes, his “The Curse of La Llorona” is directly linked to the previous ghost hunter events, all of which sooner or later converge on the legendary Warren couple, who have often exorcised demons and scared away other ghostly figures. Ed and Lorraine Warren do not appear in “The Curse of La Llorona”, but an old acquaintance does. And like Warrens, he knows him very well, because it wasn’t that long ago when he took care of the cursed Annabelle doll. The fact that the link to the “Conjuring” universe was not mentioned in advance in the marketing is (if you believe the director’s statements) not least due to the fact that the Llorona saga enjoys a high status in Mexico, this story is very important to many people and Michael Chaves wanted to concentrate primarily on the film adaptation of this cultural asset. Only in the second instance should it be a matter of adding another candidate to the horror universe. In fact, “The Curse of Llorona” can stand well on its own two feet and is a solid ghost story with a little too much gimmickry and a little too little soul.

Anna (Linda Cardellini) and her two children have to deal with a scary power.

“The Conjuring”, “Annabelle”, “Conjuring 2”, “Annabelle 2” and “The Nun” – these are the films that the horror universe that was once launched by director James Wan, who now specializes in blockbusters, can now boast . They are all of varying quality, certainly due to the involvement of very different directors. The two “Conjuring” films, in which the fate of the Waaren couple is at the center of the events, particularly stand out as gripping haunted house films that emotionally involve the viewer and are still creepy as hell. Opinions differ when it comes to the two “Annabelle” solo films. We particularly found the first puppet scare, directed by “Conjuring” cameraman John R. Leonetti, particularly successful, while the majority of horror lovers particularly enjoyed the second part (which we again consider to be extremely average). In the case of “The Nun,” however, everyone agreed again: The solo film about the scary demon nun, in its less creative style and relying entirely on jump scares and sensationalism, has so far represented the dregs of the “Conjuring” films. And You have to get that right first because of the extremely atmospheric monastery setting and the absolutely nasty-looking horror nun. “The Curse of La Llorona” is somewhere in the middle of the range of the films listed here in terms of quality, but above all it makes many of the mistakes of the latter. But first let’s get to the aspects that work well in Michael Chaves’ feature debut.

The fact that it was James Wan himself who offered his colleague Michael Chaves, who had previously only worked on short films, the director’s position for “Conjuring 3″ (which he then naturally accepted – filming is scheduled to take place in the summer of this year) is hardly surprising, at least from one perspective: ” “The Curse of La Llorona” just looks damn good and, despite being set in the US metropolis of Los Angeles, benefits from the fact that the story is based on a Mexican legend. With the help of targeted flashbacks, the script by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis (who also wrote the screenplay for Justin Baldoni’s romantic drama “Five Feet Apart”) points to the origin of the legend and skillfully combines Mexican folklore with an authentic Seventies feeling. Especially the design of the titular La Llorona, played by Marisol Ramirez (“The circle”) acts like a link between cultures. This ensures that “The Curse of La Llorona” stands out visually from the previous films in the “Conjuring” saga. Corin Hardy had already tried this with his “The Nun” by moving the action to a Romanian monastery. But the images, which were always far too dark and the cheap-looking set pieces, only created a ghost train atmosphere. Cinematographer Michael Burgess (“Public Disturbance”) Especially in daylight shots, the color scheme is reminiscent of pale watercolors, creating an otherworldly and therefore almost surreal atmosphere, which the poster also reflects very beautifully.

Father Perez (Tony Amendola) is an old acquaintance in the “Conjuring” universe.

However, the fact that Michael Chaves does not rely on the advantages of his production for long is evident from how rarely he actually allows scenes to take place in the light. As in “The Nun”, the main characters in “The Curse of La Llorona”, all played by solid actors, are soon – in the truest sense of the word – in the dark and the makers prefer to concentrate on the quick shock. Instead of delving further into the backstory of the Llorona ghost (and thereby satisfying the lovers of the saga, which, according to Chaves, are so important), the director relies on the classic jump scare structure, suddenly has scary faces appear and shoots At the crucial moment the music suddenly starts playing loudly. That wouldn’t be so bad in itself if the newcomer continued to put in the effort on a narrative level. But by the second half at the latest, La Llorona becomes an interchangeable ghost whose motivation is hardly relevant to the story. Whether she wants to kill the children or “just” bring them to herself remains just as vague as the creatures’ powers. It can be quite appealing to simply not be able to estimate how powerful an antagonist is. In “The Curse of La Llorona”, however, the different methods used by the Llorona woman seem not to have been fully thought through and the terror is lost instead of increasing. It should still be enough for a small shock in between for a large part of the audience.

Conclusion: “The Curse of La Llorona” is staged with a solid hand, especially for a debut work, and looks really good at times. Unfortunately, director Michael Chaves relies too much on standard horror film mechanisms in the second half, preferring predictable jump scares to telling an emotional story. The origin of the story would have easily given that.

“The Curse of La Llorona” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from April 18th.

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