SXSW final day recap

(Welcome to The SXSW Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the Austin-based film festival.)

Welcome to SXSW 2019 days eight and nine. In this final edition: The Curse of La Llorona is the worst Conjuring movie yet and Pet Sematary is one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever made.

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The Curse of La Llorona opens in Mexico in 1673, as we meet the weeping woman of the title in her, shall we say, better days. The film introduces us to the Latin American legend, in which a scorned woman drowns her children in a river and then becomes overtaken by grief and guilt. It’s an affecting way to begin a movie. It’s also the last time The Curse of La Llorona works on almost any level.

We jump forward 300 years to Los Angeles in 1973, and you might be asking yourself why this movie is set in the ’70s. There’s no real thematic reason for it, and it’s so stylistically bland as to take minimal advantage of such an aesthetically interesting decade. No, The Curse of La Llorona is set in 1973 merely so we can have one throwaway scene connecting this film to the Conjuring universe in the most perfunctory way possible. Tony Amendola’s Father Perez shows up for a hot minute, reminisces about a doll, we get a black-and-white flashback to Annabelle, and BOOM, you’ve got yourself a Conjuring movie.

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The Curse of La Llorona trailer new

Get ready to jump out of your seat as the new The Curse of La Llorona trailer has arrived, overflowing with jump-scares. While this isn’t officially an entry in the Conjuring Universe, it sure as hell has that feel. That’s probably because Conjuring mastermind James Wan is listed as a producer. In The Curse of La Llorona, a ghostly women torments some unlucky folks in 1970s Los Angeles. Watch The Curse of La Llorona trailer below!

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Before he gets behind the camera of The Conjuring 3, director Michael Chaves is working with producer James Wan on a different horror project. Chaves is making his feature directorial debut with The Curse of La Llorona, a film that riffs on the classic Mexican folk tale of The Weeping Woman, a mother who kills her own children in a jealous fit of rage and subsequently preys on other children to replace her own.

Today, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have unveiled the first trailer. Check it out below.
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San Diego Comic-Con International 2018 hadn’t even officially begun when Warner Bros. and New Line kicked off the festivities with their “ScareDiego” showcase. A sequel to last year’s event, which debuted footage from It and Annabelle Creation, ScareDiego exists to tease upcoming horror films being released under the New Line banner. This year’s edition saw a few heavy-hitters reveal footage: It Chapter 2 and the Conjuring spin-off The Nun. It also debuted the first footage from The Curse of La Llorona, a new horror film hitting theaters next year.

Here’s everything you need to know about the footage we saw.

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