A teaser trailer has been released for The Curse of La Llorona, an upcoming horror film many are already describing as “sheer terror”, “traumatic” and “utterly terrifying.”
Based on a Mexican folklore tale of the same name – meaning ‘The Weeping Woman’ – the shot clip has terrified viewers around the world.
However, the trailer has also come under fire for its lack of Mexican actors. You can watch the trailer and read fan reaction to it below:
— The Curse of La Llorona (@lalloronamovie) October 18, 2018
— The Curse of La Llorona (@lalloronamovie) October 17, 2018
Am I crazy to think that this film deserved a Mexican lead character? So much potential for such a historic lore tale and yet ….
— juliexplores (@JuliExplores) October 18, 2018
I was rooting for this movie until the trailer came out with no main Mexican lead. Honestly, disappointed. Representation is so fucking important and to see a white woman as a lead in a movie based on a Mexican folklore? I can’t.
— Rosalinda (@ROSALINDAEDITS) October 19, 2018
Omgosh girl that sounds scary asf!
— m a r í a. (@maarciniegamo) October 19, 2018
Oh hell naw. That scene in the car was scary..
— M.E. Landaverde (@landaverdeE21) October 18, 2018
Hell fucking no! And I love scary movies but that trailer fucked me up lol
— Nikki Rae (@iamnikkiraexo) October 19, 2018
It looks scary as hell.
— Chuck? ?? (@chuckbrown0916) October 18, 2018
This trailer is so scary !!!!!! I gotta see the actual movie now
— you are (@nudelippie_) October 19, 2018
The original folk tale describes how a poor woman falls in love with wealthy man. The two marry although the man later abandons her when discovering her lack of wealth. Harsh.
As payback, the woman throws the children into the river, drowning them. Following them into the river, the woman is cursed and “in limbo” between heaven and hell, searching for her children. In Mexican folklore, the story was told to children to ensure they didn’t stay out too late at night.
From the producers of The Conjuring, it’s the second horror movie trailer to cause controversy this year after the release of The Nun, another film from The Conjuring series. A trailer for the film was removed from YouTube after it was deemed “too scary” for viewers.
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Released on September 7, The Nun followed 2017’s Annabelle: Creation. The original film came out in 2013. However, the movie itself didn’t live up to the terrifying hype of the trailer, with reviews being overwhelmingly negative.
The Curse of La Llorona is released on August 19, 2019.