The Curse of La Llorona is officially part of The Conjuring Universe


It has been hinted at that The Curse of La Llorona film is part of The Conjuring universe and now that official film reviews are in, it turns out it’s true!

Announced in 2017, The Curse of La Llorona quickly gained notoriety in the horror community because of who was attached to produce. If you’re a fan of The Conjuring universe (or horror in general) then you’ll recognize James Wan as the mastermind behind the franchise. With his name attached, people began to theorize the film was actually a secret spin-off of the franchise.

Now that the first reviews are in (the film had its world premiere at SXSW) we can safely say the film is indeed part of The Conjuring universe.

Ryan Scott from MovieWeb confirmed as such in his review of the film.

While the marketing for The Curse of La Llorona has played coy on its relationship to The Conjuring, neglecting to say outright if the film was related or not outside of the production similarities, there were other hints and tidbits about the connection.

(L-R) TONY AMENDOLA as Father Perez and LINDA CARDELLINI as Anna in New Line Cinema’s horror film “THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.

Pictured above is Tony Amendola, he played Father Perez in Annabelle and according to IMDb, he returns in this film, disillusioned after what he experienced with the Annabelle doll (Annabelle took place in the late 1960’s and The Curse of La Llorona is a follow-up to it, taking place in the 1970’s) to aide Linda Cardellini’s character, Anna, in saving her family from the “weeping woman” spirit known as La Llorona.

If you recall, in Annabelle, Father Perez was the one who told the Form family about the way demonic entities can sometimes attach themselves to inanimate objects and he has a direct line to the Warren family.

In Annaballe, Perez was attacked and wound up in the hospital so it’s no surprise he begins his time in The Curse of La Llorona reluctant for another battle against the supernatural.

The MovieWeb review of the film by Ryan Scott doesn’t go into too much detail about the shared relationship. Personally, I’m guessing Father Perez and references to the Annabelle doll are the biggest clues, but you can find other reviews from SXSW that talk about the connection a little more explicitly if you want to go hunting for spoilers!

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Directing The Curse of La Llorona is a newcomer to the franchise, Michael Chaves. He will be making his directorial debut. Chaves will follow it up with another entry into the same universe when he goes behind the camera for The Conjuring 3.

The Curse of La Llorona will open in theaters nationwide beginning April 19th. 

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