How ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Creates Chills | Anatomy of a Scene

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How ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Creates Chills | Anatomy of a Scene
How ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Creates Chills | Anatomy of a Scene
Hello, this is Michael Chaves, director of the curse of La Llorona, all right in this scene. We have Chris who’s played by Roman Christian. He is snuck out of his mom’s car and he’s walked over to this crime scene and, while he’s there he’s you seen his tragic scene and from behind him he hears a woman crying. And you know the cry is one of the most signature Q’s of La Llorona. So it’s one of the first ways that I introduced her to these different characters and story in the legend is very tragic. She is a mother who murdered her children and is basically cursed to walk the earth for all. Eternity intentionally was designed to be and have this kind of element of sadness to it, and I thought that was really interesting and just you know, disarming the audience and then, with that head turn. I wanted to give it the a little twist into a moment of Madness and even as she approaches him, what she’s saying is a very warm and nurturing, and it has this motherly quality to it. But it also has this dark Menace and I thought that that’s just was really fun way to build the tension in the scene without jump-scare. You know, I think that would works with a good jump. Scare is a little bit of sleight-of-hand. I think there is always an element of magic to it, where you build an expectation that come from One Direction, and then you turn it on its head and bring it from another in the car is Chris’s sister Sam & Sam is played by jaynee-lynne kinchen and The two kids, I think, are just great in this film. I think that they do they bring so much charm and Life to it. It’S always fun to see them. Onscreen there isn’t much going on in the scene. It is really the imagination of the outside and what could potentially descend on them. The windows rolling down that was all in camera that was all rigged to I to roll down. There was a visual effects in that and you know one of the ideas I loved his. You know car at night if you’re inside it, it’s it’s oftentimes House of mirrors and so to get that we actually coated the inside of the windows with this reflective film to make those Reflections pop a little bit more. I think that you know really what makes you connect to the scene is, As Romans great performance, it’s a very the very simple scene, and it just does the imagination. Then that’s really really good scary movies. What makes fear oftentimes so powerful is just what you imagined.
Don’t be deceived by that woman’s tears. You may end up drowning in them in “The Curse of La Llorona.”

This thriller brings to the big screen the legend of a grieving mother who, many centuries ago, committed a despicable act and whose spirit is now forced to roam the earth for eternity. In this scene, she makes her presence known to a boy, Chris (Roman Christou), and her instincts aren’t completely maternal ones.

In his narration, the director Michael Chaves offers some thoughts about how to create the perfect jump scare, and how to build a sense of dread without relying heavily on visual effects.

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