James Wan has established himself as the figurehead of the new horror scene. His franchises; THE CONJURING and INSIDIOUS series and their respective sequels and spinoffs have all been massive money makers on very limited budgets.
This has solidified the fact that Wan's name on a project is enough to get it produced now and he has been using his clout to help inexperienced filmmakers realize their horror films.
The latest example of that is THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA from first-time feature director Michael Chaves.
Here is the official synopsis:
La Llorona. The Weeping Woman. A horrifying apparition, caught between Heaven and Hell, trapped in a terrible 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.
In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night—and the children. 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.
...And here is the trailer:
That is a REALLY effective horror trailer. Looks to me like Wan has helped shepherd another hit across the finish line.
What do you guys think? Let us know!
THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA will startle you in theaters nationwide on April 19th.
- Matthew Essary