I have to be honest, when I initially heard about the trailer for The Legend of La Llorona, I was super skeptical. I dismissed it as an even worse rip-off of the 2019 stinker The Curse of La Llorona, so I actually ignored it at first. But then my curiosity got the best of me, and I’m super glad it did. When I finally sat down to watch this trailer I was very pleasantly surprised. The movie actually looks pretty good, so I can’t wait till I finally get a chance to see it.
Based on the Latin American folk legend of La Llorona (“The Weeping Woman” in English), this film is about an American couple who go down to Mexico for vacation, and while there, they learn the terrifying truth behind the legend. Soon after they arrive, La Llorona snatches their son Danny away, so they enlist the help of some locals to stop her.
When I watched the trailer for The Legend of La Llorona, a few things really stood out to me. For starters, the dark and creepy shots look genuinely unnerving, and if I didn’t know any better, I might’ve guessed that they came from a classic Hammer film rather than a modern indie movie. Along similar lines, the shots of the Mexican coast are absolutely gorgeous, so it looks like the cinematography in this film is going to be pretty top-notch all around.
On top of that, the ghosts in this trailer have an old-school, almost Ju-On: The Grudge-esque feel to them, and I absolutely love it. Unlike the evil spirits in a lot of big studio movies, these aren’t CGI, and their makeup isn’t overly complicated. They’re just real people who look a bit ghostly, and I find that style really refreshing. When it’s done right, it can leave a lasting impact that a lot of mainstream horror simply can’t match, and if this trailer is any indication The Legend of La Llorona is going to do it perfectly.
Last but not least, let’s talk about the actual scares. There are only two jump scares in the entire trailer (and they don’t look cheap!), and the rest of the time it lets the inherent creepiness of the ghosts and the story do all the heavy lifting. In my opinion that’s the best and scariest kind of horror there is so it looks like this movie is going to be the real deal.
When you put all these elements together, you get an awesome trailer, so I can’t wait to see The Legend of La Llorona. And thankfully, that wait isn’t going to be long at all. The film hits theaters on January 7 and then VOD on January 11, so we’ll all get a chance to see it in just a few short weeks.
So what do you think of the trailer for The Legend of La Llorona? Do you agree with JP that it looks like a legitimately creepy ghost story? Let us know in the comments! And if you’re looking for more trailers we’ve got you covered!