The Curse of La Llorona 2019 ****

p15766692_p_v12_abThe Conjuring Universe is surely getting a little over-populated of late; The Nun is followed months later by Michael Chaves’s The Curse of La Llorona, with Annabelle Comes Home weeks later. But these James Wan produced films will make a packet before the franchise ends; there’s a simple, effective formula at work as social worker Anna (Linda Cardellini) tries to protect her two kids against the mysterious and vengeful spirit of the weeping woman in 1970’s California. The weeping woman is seen in action at the start, when she kills the children of Patricia (Patricia Velasquez) and that dark event sets a serious tone for the multiple set-pieces to come. A nice production, strong sound design and good acting make La Llorona every bit as good as the other Conjuring films; with a bit more cash to play with than most horrors, Wan’s franchise is reliable, effective and still delivers on the scares.