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CURSE OF LA LLORONA
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Reviewed by: Donny Broussard

Directed by: Terrence Williams

Starring:
Joel Bryant
Regan Forston
Elizabeth Osbourn

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
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What's it about
A couple tries to save their cursed niece, and navigate through horrible locations, flat dialogue and bad acting.
Is it good movie?

I am truly amazed by the sheer amount of crap making its way to DVD. Independent filmmakers now have the tools available to shoot on a dime, and that is what seems to be flooding todayís DVD market. Director Terrence Williams is putting in the time and effort needed to push himself into the industry only instead of perfecting his craft with short films or even making features for fun to get his feet wet he is putting almost unwatchable films into the marketplace and wasting the time of horror fans that pick up his DVD.

The film follows a couple and their daughter who are trying to save their niece from the evil spirit of La Llorona. When the film opens with a naked girl in a bathtub that has cut her wrists I was happy. Now this is how I like to see a film open, and it was off to a good start because this naked girl looks very nice in her birthday suit. I guess what Iím saying is if you do happen to rent this film watch the first 5 minutes so you can see a nice rack and bush and then you can turn it off. After the first scene the film goes downhill fast. The acting is wooden and stiff and makes the film extremely hard to watch, and the sound is pretty bad also.

When I watch films that were made on the cheap the first dead giveaway (besides bad acting) is always the locations. Well this flick takes that to a whole new level. The locations look like they picked up a handy cam and shot at an uncleís house and added whatever prop they thought they would need. You know, oh we need food we'll put a microwave and some cans right next to the stereo and we have a shot! This always takes me out of the film. A good film is supposed to take you into another world for a few hours and the minute that world looks like the home movie that you filmed for your sisterís birthday party the magic is gone. I love bad movies, I like art films with no plot, hell I like porn with no plot, but I donít like anyone elseís home movies but my own. Terrence Williams evidently loves to make movies because instead of watching them heís out there making them, so I canít fault him for that. But I do think that if he took some time to really dress the locations or find better locations, work with the actors in rehearsals until that stiffness is gone, and pay a little more attention to sound the man could make some of the fun B-grade horror that we all love.

I guess the reason Iím ranting instead of writing about what happens in the movie is because nothing really happens in the movie. At least nothing that kept my interest (with the exception of the naked girl). Even the behind the scenes documentary was terrible. The interviews were framed outside in front of trashcans and some of the actors were really uncomfortable with the interview process. I know that making a film on a dime is hard, but even sitting the actors in the living room on a couch or a table would be better than next to trash cans with the neighborís car in the shot.

The one thing I can say about Terrence Williams is that heís pretty smart guy. He is creating his own film school and selling his films while he learns the craft. That might be the way to go, but I hope that on his way to becoming the director that everyone is talking about people donít get bored with his home movies.
Video / Audio
Video: The picture is standard definition with washed out colors and some visible noise.

Audio: The audio is terrible and uneven.
The Extras
There is a documentary that is worse than the movie, but has a really interesting interview with a very uncomfortable producer that was somewhat amusing.

The prerequisite photo gallery is there for our enjoyment also.
Last Call
If youíre a friend of the director or one of the actors then pick this one up and support your friends, but if you donít know anyone involved with this film rent a Troma film instead.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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