Starring: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velásquez, Marisol Ramirez, Sean Patrick Thomas, Tony Amendola, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Roman Christou, DeLaRosa Rivera, Madeleine McGraw
OUR RATING: ★★½
Supernatural horror directed by Michael Chaves and produced by James Wan. The story is set in 1973 LA and follows social worker Anna Garcia (Linda Cardellini), who as she begins diving in to one of her cases finds foul play at the hands of a supernatural force, which she finds has similarities to the force terrorizing her family. Their only hope to survive La Llorona’s deadly wrath may be a disillusioned ex-priest, Rafael Olvera (Raymond Cruz), and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 17)
[talking to Patricia’s sons; referring to the marks on his arm]
Anna Tate-Garcia: My gosh. How did that happen?
Carlos: She did it.
Anna Tate-Garcia: Your mother did that to you?
Tomas: No. It wasn’t her.
Anna Tate-Garcia: Your mother loves you. You know that, right? Whatever’s happening, we’re going to take care of it, okay? But for tonight, you guys are safe. I promise you.
Carlos: We’re not safe anywhere.
Anna Tate-Garcia: [to Chris] Stay in the car, okay? And please don’t wake up your sister. I’ll be back in a few minutes.
Patricia Alvarez: It’s your fault! I tried to stop her!
Anna Tate-Garcia: Who? Who did you try to stop?
Patricia Alvarez: La Llorona.
[banging on the car door trying to get away from La Llorona]
Chris: Sam! Sam, let me in! Open the door! Open!
[Sam opens the car door, he then sees La Llorona peering in through the window and screams]
Samantha: What’s going on?
Chris: Didn’t you see her?
[Chris looks around, but La Llorona is not showing herself, then the car window starts winding down by itself]
[Chris winds the window up and looks around in fear]
Samantha: Chris, what’s going on? Chris?
Anna Tate-Garcia: Can I ask you a question, Father?
Father Perez: Yes.
Anna Tate-Garcia: Do you know anything about La Llorona?
Father Perez: I haven’t heard that name since I was a child. The weeping woman.
[referring to La Llorona]
Father Perez: She was known for her beauty. The most beautiful woman in that part of México. Then one day, a rich and handsome ranchero rode into her village. She set her sights on him. The marriage was splendid. They had two beautiful children whom they treasured. But then, after a time, she discovered him in the arms of a younger woman.
Anna Tate-Garcia: What did she do?
Father Perez: She took from him what was most priceless. She murdered their children. In a fit of jealous rage, she drowned them in the river. After she realized what she had done, she was consumed by guilt. She threw herself into those same waters, and is cursed to roam the earth, searching for children to take their place.
Father Perez: Children are told to behave, listen to their elders, or La Llorona will come and steal them away.
Anna Tate-Garcia: So it’s a folktale?
Father Perez: To some.
[offers Anna a cross]
Father Perez: Here. It has seen me through many dark nights. May it do the same for you.
Anna Tate-Garcia: Oh, thank you, but my husband was the religious one, not me.
Father Perez: You don’t have to be religious to have faith.
Anna Tate-Garcia: Patricia, I’m very sorry about your loss. I can’t even imagine how you must feel.
Patricia Alvarez: How I feel? I feel nothing. Because I have felt the worst. I am done. I don’t care what they do to me. You should be sitting here instead of me. You killed my boys, not me!
Patricia Alvarez: Murderer!
Anna Tate-Garcia: Patricia, you had them locked up.
Patricia Alvarez: I had them hidden. Protected. Now, she has them. She has them!
[Anna notices the burns on Patricia’s arm]
Anna Tate-Garcia: What happened to your arm? What happened to you, Patricia?
Patricia Alvarez: La Llorona. Your children, have they heard her crying? Have they felt the sting of her tears? They will. Soon. And she will come for them. You know why? Because I told her to.
Anna Tate-Garcia: No, Patricia, it’s…
Patricia Alvarez: You know when my boys died, I didn’t pray to God for their salvation. Instead, I prayed to her. I prayed! And I prayed! And I prayed to her to give my children back to me and take yours instead!
Father Perez: A few years ago, I placed little stock in legends, myths, things that go bump in the night. But then, there was an incident with a doll.
[we see flashback to his encounter with Annabelle]
Father Perez: It opened my mind to possibilities out of the ordinary.
Anna Tate-Garcia: Can you help us?
Father Perez: The church works with people who specialize in situations like these.
Anna Tate-Garcia: Okay.
Father Perez: But to get to them, we’ll have to go through the archdiocese.
Anna Tate-Garcia: How long does that take?
Father Perez: At its best, several weeks for a case to be approved.
Anna Tate-Garcia: No.
Father Perez: There may be another way. It’s unorthodox, but he’s local. However, if you choose this route, I must obey the laws of the church and remove myself from this process. As I said, his methods are unorthodox. And the church, well, the church has their ways and he has his. It’s why he abandoned the collar years ago.
Anna Tate-Garcia: He used to be a priest?
Father Perez: Yes. But now, he’s a faith healer. A shaman who operates on the fringes of religion and science. A curandero.
[referring to the marks on Anna’s arm]
Rafael Olvera: These are the marks of La Llorona. You have seen her then.
[Anna nods her head]
Anna Tate-Garcia: You ever seen her?
Rafael Olvera: No. Not directly. But I have seen what she does.
Anna Tate-Garcia: What do we do?
Rafael Olvera: We are facing an evil that has no bounds.
Anna Tate-Garcia: But she’s not human. Right?
Rafael Olvera: No. But she was. Until her murderous vanity consumed her. She’s just a dark spirit. Unholy, forsaken by God.
[referring to Chris and Sam]
Anna Tate-Garcia: Okay, that’s it. I’m taking them to a motel.
Rafael Olvera: Why? She’s attached herself to your family, not your house. If you move, she will follow you.
Anna Tate-Garcia: What are we supposed to do, then?
[Rafael picks up a talisman]
Anna Tate-Garcia: I don’t think that’s going to help.
Rafael Olvera: No. Not just this. At the memorial, I saw you speaking with Father Perez.
Anna Tate-Garcia: He said that you used to be a priest.
Rafael Olvera: My journey began in the church. Yes. That was a long time ago. Take me to your home. We must begin immediately.
Rafael Olvera: Tonight, our comida is for comfort. After everything that you’ve been through, and what’s to come.
Anna Tate-Garcia: You don’t seem very confident.
Rafael Olvera: I’m confident in God.
Anna Tate-Garcia: Father Perez said you turned your back on the church.
Rafael Olvera: The church, yes. God? Never.
Rafael Olvera: Watch the flames. A steady flame tells us that our protective charms are working.
Chris: Is she coming?
Rafael Olvera: She’s already here.
[they hear thumping noises from around the house]
Anna Tate-Garcia: What is she doing?
Rafael Olvera: She’s searching.
Samantha: For what?
Anna Tate-Garcia: You used my son as bait?
Rafael Olvera: No, of course not. I used all of you as bait.
Anna Tate-Garcia: Are you crazy? What if you couldn’t get to him in time?
Rafael Olvera: But I did. And now La Llorona’s out of your house.
Rafael Olvera: [to La Llorona] Behold the cross of the Lord, and be gone, wicked spirit!
Anna Tate-Garcia: Thank you. I don’t know how I could ever repay you.
[Sam and Chris embrace Rafael]
Rafael Olvera: You two were very brave. Even I was scared for a while.
Rafael Olvera: No. Not really.
[he gets into is cab, and waves goodbye as it drives off]
Samantha: [to Chris] Race you inside.
[as Sam and Chris run back into the house, Anna sees a puddle of water on the sidewalk, looking like a puddle of tears]
Total Quotes: 17
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