But this also brings up an interesting concept as a moviegoer, and for me, as a film critic. My role as a Catholic film critic is to let readers know not only if a movie is good or not, but also if this is good for the soul. My wife, when I was asked to review this movie, grew uncomfortable. After all, this movie was made by the same people who made "The Conjuring" franchise, which included a borderline-blasphemous film named "The Nun."
There is a very real chance that people would be going to see this movie on my word alone, and that's a heavy responsibility..
I love being scared and this movie pushed some really great scares that I haven't seen in horror films of late. But I watch a lot of movies. For once, I'm actually pretty glad that I'm desensitized to the more messed up stuff.
When I saw things that bordered on heresy, I rolled my eyes and massaged my temples. When the movie continued on, I could watch it with a cold distance knowing that Hollywood "just didn't get it." But this approach won't be shared by everyone.
"The Curse of La Llorona" walks on some dangerous theological ground, especially in context of Holy Week.
Like Cruz said, the supernatural creature La Llorona was something from his childhood. He believed in this character and was afraid of it for a notable portion of his life.
Going into a movie where these characters become real might actually damaging for the soul.
I know that horror preys on the idea that the creators want people to take the scares home with them.
In a week that we should be focusing on Christ's passion, is a world where God seems distant the best message?
For those few who are serious horror nuts out there, the movie is really scary. Normally, I do not appreciate "jump scare" movies. But "The Curse of La Llorona" is a great jump scare movie. When I wasn't annoyed by the dodgy theology, I actually had a good time and laughed.
But I can't, in good conscience, recommend the film as something that would bring people closer to their faith.
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The final goal of a lot of horror movies is to leave people scared. "The Curse of La Llorona" does that in spades. But when bringing in matters of faith, perhaps it should do more.