If you’re a horror fan, you’re going to want to keep an eye on director Michael Chaves. His feature directorial debut, The Curse of La Llorona, first hits theaters this weekend, but he’s already got a major project lined up next; he’s directing The Conjuring 3. As you’ll see in La Llorona, Chaves has a real eye for crafting scares and has absolutely no trouble establishing an eerie atmosphere that well suits the The Conjuring series.
La Llorona takes place in the 1970s and stars Linda Cardellini as Anna, a social worker and mother of two who winds up crossing paths with The Weeping Woman, La Llorona. In life, she drowned her own children in a jealous rage. Now, as a horrifying apparition, La Llorona preys on children, desperate to replace her own, and she has her sights set on Anna’s family.
With The Curse of La Llorona hitting the big screen nationwide on April 19th, I got the chance to sit down with the team behind the film including Chaves, Cardellini, Raymond Cruz and Patricia Velasquez. They revealed the very first thing to ever scare them as kids, what makes Chaves a standout director, what it was like taking a cue from The Conjuring mastermind James Wan, and more! You can hear it all in the video interview at the top of this article.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Curse of La Llorona:
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.
Beware of her chilling wail…she will stop at nothing to lure you into the gloom. Because there is no peace for her anguish. There is no mercy for her soul. And there is no escape from the curse of La Llorona.