Take a look at the trailer that horror streaming service Shudder has released for La Llorona, a horror film that offers a political slant on the titular Latin American legend, which was also the focus of last year’s Conjuring universe entry The Curse of La Llorona (aka The Curse of the Weeping Woman).
A Mexican-Guatemalan co-production, La Llorona tells of a retired general who’s facing a long-demanded trial for past atrocities. The past comes back to haunt him and his family in more ways than one, as more and more angry protestors crowd outside their house and a supernatural force appears to be making itself known.
It may have a strong horror lean, but this is no generic evil demon scarefest. As Shudder describes it, La Llorona “reimagines the iconic Latin American fable as an urgent metaphor of Guatemala’s recent history and tears open the country’s unhealed political wounds to grieve a seldom discussed crime against humanity.” It looks both creepy and thematically hard-hitting. Looking forward to it.
La Llorona, directed and co-written by acclaimed Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamant (Tremors, Ixcanu), hits Shudder on August 6th. Shudder, by the way, is currently available in the US, Canada, UK, and Ireland.
Official synopsis for La LLorona:
Indignant retired general Enrique finally faces trial for the genocidal massacre of thousands of Mayans decades ago. As a horde of angry protestors threatens to invade their opulent home, the women of the house—his haughty wife, conflicted daughter, and precocious granddaughter—weigh their responsibility to shield the erratic, senile Enrique against the devastating truths being publicly revealed and the increasing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. Meanwhile, much of the family’s domestic staff flees, leaving only loyal housekeeper Valeriana until a mysterious young Indigenous maid arrives.