Okay, if you’re trying to protect the sanctity of your “Curse of La Llorona” experience, then don’t read any further. This post contains some very minor spoilers, but spoilers nonetheless for a movie that hasn’t hit theaters yet.
“The Curse of La Llorona” had its premiere at SXSW last week and along with plenty of mixed reviews, there’s also news about how the movie connects to “The Conjuring” universe. While no one has officially tied this movie to Wan’s larger “Conjuring” universe there has been a lot of speculation about whether or not the two films were connected. Now we can say that they officially are, but maybe not in a way you’d expect.
You won’t find the likes of the Warrens popping up or even creatures like the Nun, but you don’t get a suggestion of one. The movie centers around a social worker named Anna (Linda Cardellini) who seeks out help to deal with a supernatural threat. One person she reaches out too is a man named Father Perez played by Tony Amendola. Father Perez originally appeared in the first “Annabelle” movie. However, this isn’t just a coincidence.
According to sites that have reviewed the movie (like Gamespot) Father Perez directly references helping out another family with an evil doll. If that isn’t enough, they even straight up show a picture of Annabelle. So yeah, they’re not beating around the bush here. “La Llorona” is directly tied to the “Conjuring” universe via a character that had a small part in one of the least popular films. That’s a deep cut.
So why haven’t they marketed this as being part of the “Conjuring” universe? Are they hoping that the quick cameo will somehow blow people away and get more people in the theater? Hard to say, but it is an interesting choice to make. It almost feels like maybe it was an addition they weren’t sure they were going to make. I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I’ll have to reserve judgement.
“The Curse of La Llorona” will hit theaters on April 19th.