(2019) (Linda Cardellini, Roman Christou) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Horror: A mother tries to protect her kids from an evil spirit that wants to kill them.
- It's 1973 and Anna Tate-Garcia (LINDA CARDELLINI) is a widowed mom with two young kids, Chris (ROMAN CHRISTOU) and his younger sister, Samantha (JAYNEE-LYNNE KINCHEN). She works for child protective services in Los Angeles alongside the likes of Det. Cooper (SEAN PATRICK THOMAS), and her latest case concerns Patricia Alvarez (PATRICIA VELASQUEZ) whose kids haven't been at their school in days. When Anna does a home visit, she finds the kids locked in a closet while Patricia gets hysterical that she's opened that door.
Not long after that, both of those boys end up drowned in the nearby river. Anna is called to the site in the middle of the night and with no babysitter available, she brings her kids along but leaves them in the car off at a distance. But it's then that Chris has an encounter with La Llorona (MARISOL RAMIREZ), a.k.a. The Weeping Woman, who grabs his arm, leaving bloody burn marks there. It turns out she's a centuries-old evil spirit that Patricia was trying to protect her kids from, and it's not long before Samantha and Anna also have run-ins with the spirit. A local priest gives them the low-down about that entity who drowned her own kids back in 1673 and has been searching for new victims to replace them ever since.
He sends them to a former priest, Rafael Olvera (RAYMOND CRUZ), who might be able to help them, albeit through unorthodox and certainly not church sanctioned ways. As the encounters with La Llorona increase, Anna does what she can to protect her kids.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- They might if they're into supernatural-based horror films.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For violence and terror.
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