Producer James Wan’s latest horror film The Curse of La Llorona unveils its full length trailer but in doing so reveals a familiar approach that may leave fans of the likes of The Conjuring and Insidious craving more imagination.
The rollercoaster might be the one we’ve rode before but we still get on for another go. Producer James Wan is hoping that attraction to horror film’s primal thrills will have audiences queuing up for The Curse of La Llorona despite the recently released trailer showing a paranormal thriller happy to wade in the genre’s tried and trusted tropes.
Indeed, the film looks like Conjuring-Insidious-The-Nun et al (all Wan-produced movies) with different actors jumping in fright while spouting lines we’ve heard before (“they’re/it’s/he’s/she’s already here…!”). Wan’s career as a producer has been a bit hit and miss despite building a hugely successful commercial brand for some of today’s most well-known horror that has included The Conjuring and Insidious franchises as well as prequel/spin-offs such as Annabelle and The Nun.
It does, of course, matter which director Wan chooses to put in the hot seat. Leigh Whannell (the creator of Insidious) took the helm for Part 3 and gave us one of the scariest American horror films in years. Adam Robitel took the reins for the fourth film in the franchise and, like Whannell, produced an effort that proved far more satisfying than the weak Wan-directed first sequel. On the flip-side, Corin Hardy directed the terrible The Nun while David F. Sandberg was in control of Annabelle sequel “Creation” which joined the dots but was quickly forgotten.
So what might become of The Curse of La Llorona? The talent behind the camera is a bit of an unknown quantity given writer Tobias Iaconis (with his writing partner Mikki Daughtry) has very little to his credit (his previous work includes Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia, which nobody saw – and those that did wish they hadn’t) while director Michael Chaves is a newcomer having only made the web series Chase Champion.
If the director-writer team is a bit of an enigma at least we know what we’re going to get from the cast: Linda Cardellini (compelling intensity), Sean Patrick Thomas (charisma), Raymond Cruz (not much).
That leaves us with the trailer’s story details, stylistic approach and set pieces (most of which appear to be in the 2-minute long trailer so let’s hope Chaves and his team have a few more surprises up their sleeve). Much of what he does show us leaves very little for the imagination and shows a willingness to take his cues from other filmmakers. If he doesn’t offer a few unique twists in the film then The Curse of La Llorona promises to be a dull and uninspired affair.
Anyway, have a look at the trailer below, see what you think:
The Curse of La Llorona is in UK cinemas on May 3.