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La Llorona: Politically Charged Horror Film For the Times

With an encouraging slew of hyped up Latin-led films on tap this summer, one particularly political horror is making waves. La Llorona, a film by Jayro Bustamante starring María Mercedes Coroy, Margarita Kénefic, Sabrina De La Hoz, and Julio Diaz, is set to premiere on demand on the new horror film platform, Shudder, this weekend.

“Studios take note: the best way to make a Latino horror film is to trust the people who actually know and live in that culture,” Rafael Motamayor of Remezcla explains.

The story of the film goes like this: Indignant retired general Enrique finally faces trial for the genocidal massacre of thousands of Mayans decades ago. As a horde of angry protestors threatens to invade their opulent home, the women of the house – his haughty wife, conflicted daughter, and precocious granddaughter – weigh their responsibility to shield the erratic, senile Enrique against the devastating truths being publicly revealed and the increasing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. Meanwhile, much of the family’s domestic staff flees, leaving only loyal housekeeper Valeriana until a mysterious young Indigenous maid arrives.

A tale of horror and magical realism, the film reimagines the iconic Latin American fable as an urgent metaphor of Guatemala’s recent history and tears open the country’s unhealed political wounds to grieve a seldom discussed crime against humanity. LA LLORONA marks Bustamante’s third feature and demonstrates his continued efforts to highlight social inequality in his native Guatemala following his previous titles Temblores (2019) and Ixcanul (2016).

Check out the trailer below:

 

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