Horror films are arguably the most in-demand and popular genre of movies out there at the moment (apart from superhero flicks).

Traditionally they’ve always been weak story-lines enhanced by cheap scare tactics, ominous music and gratuitous violence that overcompensates for a poor plot and overall bad acting.

Nowadays, though, horror films have some of the most compelling narratives on the big screen, combining a mixture of classic slasher tropes with a more nuanced and psychological edge.

Following on from the likes of It Follows, The Babadook and The Conjuring, we now have The Curse of La Llorona – a film based on petrifying Mexican folklore and the demonic spirit that preys on young children.

Here’s the 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.”

Check out the terrifying new trailer below:

I’m honestly not the biggest fan of horror but I have to say this looks seriously creepy.

The trailer kicks off by introducing Linda Cardellini’s (who I think is great) character and her two kids.

At the scene of a crime, we see a young mother warning Cardellini about the threat of “la Llorona” as her children are left behind to face the supernatural being on their own.

What follows is a combination of creepy imagery along with the impending and stalkerish threat of the titular character, who drips blood from her mouth as she closes in on the car where the children hide.

While it looks to be a hit, you can never tell with these kind of films, but the fact that James Wan – who’s brought us The Conjuring, Annabelle: Creation, Jigsaw and Insidious 2 – is producing the film, you’d imagine it’ll be a good’un.

The film is directed by Michael Chaves – who has also been confirmed for The Conjuring 3 – while Emile Gladstone and Gary Dauberman, who were part of the team behind It, are also on board.

The Curse of La Llorona is out April 19, 2019 and dare I say it, I may even go and watch it.

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