The Curse of La Llorona is being released on April 19th. It tells the tale of the weeping woman, a legend from Mexican folklore.
According to the myth, La Llorona’s real name is Maria. She came from a poor village, but her beauty won the heart of a wealthy nobleman. They fell in love, got married, and had two baby boys.
However, the nobleman spent most of his time traveling. When he returned home, he paid less and less attention to Maria, slowly falling out of love with her.
One day, he brought a new, younger woman home and said goodbye to his children. Maria was devastated. In a blind rage, she took her children to the river and drowned them.
When she came to her senses, she regretted what she had done and searched the river for her two boys, but they could not be found. Not long after, Maria ended up dying on the river as well. However, she was not allowed to enter the afterlife until she found her children.
Now, La Llorona is stuck between the living and dead realms, weeping while she searches for her boys. She causes misfortune to everyone around her. If you hear her cries, you are meant to run the opposite way — especially if you are a young child. La Llorona kidnaps kids, mistaking them for her own, and drowns them in the river too.
When she appears, she commonly wears a white or a black gown with a veil. In between her cries, you can hear her scream ay mis hijos which means oh, my children. When she sounds near, she is far. When she sounds far, she is near. But no matter how loud her wails sound, hearing them at all means you are in grave danger.
On April 19th, New Line Cinema is releasing their adaptation of the legend, called The Curse Of La Llorona.
In 1970s Los Angeles, a social worker and her children are drawn into a supernatural realm. They rely on a priest and his mysticism to keep the evil at bay — but the wails of La Llorona keep trying to lure the family toward doom.
If you can stomach suspenseful, supernatural horror movies, you should mark your calendars so you don’t miss this film adaptation of a long-lived legend.