These 3 Horror Movies Explored The Same Legend (To Varying Results)

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These 3 Horror Movies Explored The Same Legend (To Varying Results)
The legend of La Llorona is a centuries-old folktale that has been told throughout Latin America. The narrative describes a woman who drowned herself in sorrow after drowning her children in a fury.
Her ghost is said to haunt the waterways, searching for her lost children.

Three horror movies have been made based on the legend of La Llorona:
  • La Llorona (2019)
    Directed by: Jayro Bustamante
    Starring: Mercedes Hernández, Sabrina De La Hoz, Margarita Kenéfic
    Country: Guatemala, Mexico
    Language: Spanish

    La Llorona (2019) is a Guatemalan horror film directed by Jayro Bustamante. The film stars Mercedes Hernández as Alma, a widowed mother haunted by La Llorona's ghost. The film is a more traditional take on the legend and has been praised for its atmospheric visuals and performances.

  • The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
    Directed by: Michael Chaves
    Starring: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velásquez
    Country: United States
    Language: English

    The Curse of La Llorona (2019) is an American supernatural horror film directed by Michael Chaves. The film stars Linda Cardellini as a social worker who is tasked with protecting two children from the wrath of La Llorona. The film is a more modern take on the legend and has been praised for its scares and visual effects.


  • The Legend of La Llorona (2022)
    Directed by: Patricia Riggen
    Starring: Paz Vega, Andrew Lees, Marisol Nichols
    Country: United States
    Language: English
Each movie takes a different approach to the legend but shares some common elements. The movies all feature a young woman who La Llorona haunts. The woman often struggles with her own personal demons, and La Llorona's haunting only amplifies her fears.

The movies also all feature a supernatural elements. La Llorona is more than a ghost; she is a strong spirit capable of manipulating the world around her. She can possess people, control the elements, and even create illusions.

Critics have given the three films a variety of ratings. Some critics have praised the movies for their scares and their faithfulness to the legend. Some reviewers have disapproved of the movies, stating they lack originality and rely heavily on sudden, startling moments.

Despite the mixed reviews, the three movies have all been commercial successes. They have all grossed over $100 million worldwide.

Which movie is the best?
That's a matter of opinion. Some people prefer the more traditional approach of La Llorona (2019), while others prefer the more modern take of The Curse of La Llorona (2019). And then there's The Legend of La Llorona (2022), which takes a more mystical approach to the legend.
Ultimately, the best movie is the one that scares you the most. So, if you're looking for a good scare, check out one of these three movies.
 
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