First things first, I’m not Mexican. So I don’t have a cultural tie to this folklore. I imagine I might be offended if a movie studio did a mediocre job commercializing my culture. The latest spin-off from The Conjuring universe, The Curse of La Llorona, is certainly not a love letter to Mexican culture the way Disney’s Coco was.

So in this way the story wasn’t meaningful to me. I also have such low expectation of modern horror that when a film simply does its job and doesn’t make me regret wasting my time I consider it a success.

La Llorona could have been so much more, but it also could have been 2018’s The Nun. It wasn’t nearly as bad as that dumpster fire. And surprisingly the movie didn’t drag for me. The character decisions and their motivations were of course stupid; as they must be for the movie to exist. But all in all I didn’t hate 2019’s The Curse of La Llorona.

Light on story and with a white-washed lead, it wouldn’t have taken much to push La Llorona over the edge. With a 5.6/10 rating on IMDB, and 30% Tomatometer and 45% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes, I give The Curse of La Llorona 6.2/10.