Shudder will be releasing exclusively Jayro Bustamante’s political horror film, LA LLORONA, tomorrow on the horror streaming service. We can’t tell you enough how much you need to see the film so, seriously, mark your calendars. This film is the stuff that solidifies the strength and power of legends.
Indignant retired general Enrique finally faces trial for the genocidal massacre of thousands of Mayans decades ago. As a horde of angry protestors threatens to invade their opulent home, the women of the house—his haughty wife, conflicted daughter, and precocious granddaughter—weigh their responsibility to shield the erratic, senile Enrique against the devastating truths being publicly revealed and the increasing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. Meanwhile, much of the family’s domestic staff flees, leaving only loyal housekeeper Valeriana until a mysterious young Indigenous maid arrives.
A tale of horror and magical realism, the film reimagines the iconic Latin American fable as an urgent metaphor of Guatemala’s recent history and tears open the country’s unhealed political wounds to grieve a seldom discussed crime against humanity. LA LLORONA marks Jayro Bustamante’s third feature and demonstrates his continued efforts to highlight social inequality in his native Guatemala following his previous titles Temblores (2019) and Ixcanul (2016).
The film stars María Mercedes Coroy (Ixcanul, Bel Canto), Margarita Kénefic (Aro Tolbukhin: En la mente del asesino), Sabrina De La Hoz (Temblores), Juan Pablo Olyslager (Temblores, El Xendra), and Julio Diaz.
LA LLORONA is directed by Bustamante. Bustamante co-wrote the script with Lisandro Sánchez. Bustamante produced the film alongside Gustavo Matheu (Sombras del pasado, Temblores), Georges Renand, and Marina Peralta (Ixcanul, Maria: Lousia).
To learn more about Jayro Bustamante’s LA LLORONA, check out our review here.
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