THE LA LLORNA CURSE (2019)
This was filmed all the way back in 2013 as “Her Cry: La Llorona Investigation” but just now getting released. Wild Eye picked up this found-footage tale of, wait for it, the crew of a paranormal TV show who get in over their heads. Then they re-titled it The La Llorna Curse to cash in on The Curse Of La Llorona. Was writer/directors Damir Catic and Ron Gelner film worth resurrecting?
We start with a brief interview between somebody from Dark Lightning Films and a cop with his identity hidden that explains where the footage came from. Then we get a card warning us the “Fallowing feature is NOT suitable for younger audiences”. Yes, they misspelled “following”, not a good omen.
James Robertson (James Ezrin) is the man behind the show Paranormal Investigations. For their 4th season, he decides they’re going to investigate a local house allegedly haunted by La Llorona. He was given footage of another investigator, Tina (Nichole Ceballos) experiencing strange phenomena and then vanishing in the house. He promised her father he’d try to find out what happened to her. Just watching the tape sets off bizarre activities. Despite that, however, he and his crew, Brian (Everardo Guzman), and Andrea (Gabrielle Santamauro) investigate anyway.
Before I go any further, I need to point out a glaring issue with The La Llorna Curse. The audio quality is awful. Dialogue is frequently hard to hear or outright inaudible. I’m not sure if this is intentional, like the assorted static and video glitches, or not. Either way, it’s annoying as hell and frequently made it harder to figure out what was going on.
Not that The La Llorna Curse would have been a classic with good sound. It does come up with a few twists in the final act, but overall it’s a pretty generic found footage film. But while it’s certainly not in a class with The Fear Footage, it could have stood out at least a bit in its crowded genre. As it stands it’s watchable but not much else. There is a post-credits scene, but it adds nothing except the threat of a sequel.
The La Lorna Curse is available from Wild Eye.