The Curse of La Llorona is an interesting oddity. With a dead-faced title ghoul and jump scares a-plenty, it certainly feels like an entry in producer James Wan‘s growing Conjuring Universe. But outside of an appearance by Tony Amendola‘s Father Perez from Annabelle and a brief reference to “an incident with a doll”, La Llorona is mostly a standalone look at Mexico’s legendary Weeping Woman.
Apparently, that wasn’t always the case. In an interview with Gamespot, director Michael Chaves revealed a deleted La Llorona scene would have put the Weeping Woman’s trademark necklace in the hands of The Conjuring films’ Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga).
“There was a lot of discussion about it…Father Perez does make a reference to other people who work for the church. There is actually a scene that was going to be at the end of the movie where at the very end of the film we shot Linda’s character [Anna], who hands over the necklace to Raymond [who plays Rafael the curandero], you know, for safekeeping. And Raymond says that he knows someone who can keep it safe and that they’re on the East Coast and they handle this sort of thing.”
Chaves went on to explain that the dialogue got cut because production “felt like it was too heavy-handed, like just trying to lay in all these connections to [The Conjuring].”
But I’d be interested to know whether, even with the edit, that necklace ever made it’s way in-world to the Warrens; more specifically, whether it made it into the paranormal investigators’ famed cabinet of haunted artifacts. Gary Dauberman‘s upcoming Annabelle Comes Home takes place largely in that cabinet, with the demonic doll apparently waking up all of the Warrens’ spookiest collector’s items in a storyline Wan called “Night at the Museum with Annabelle.” Could that deleted La Llorona scene have been hinting at a very weepy cameo in Annabelle Comes Home?
For more on The Curse of La Llorona and the Conjuring Universe, check out the links below:
- ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Review: Fun, but Familiar Franchise Frights
- Linda Cardellini and ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Team Reveal Their First Fears as Kids
- ‘Annabelle Comes Home’: McKenna Grace on Creepy Dolls and Having the Set Blessed
- ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Producer on the Future of ‘The Conjuring’ Universe