FILM REVIEW: The Curse of the Weeping Woman

We've got the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe and even the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Cinematic universes tying separate films together with an overarching story are all the rage these days.

And while it seems obvious with superheroes and stories set at Hogwarts, perhaps less straightforward is the Conjuring Universe.

There are now a slew of horror films existing in the same universe as the wildly popular 2013 film about real-life paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren.

Apart from The Conjuring's sequel, we've also been treated to Annabelle films (about the creepy doll) and The Nun. Now, the latest addition to the franchise is The Curse of The Weeping Woman.

Sadly, Australian audiences did not receive the original title of the film, which ties in much more with the Latin American roots of the story: The Curse of La Llorona.

Ghost lady: Marisol Ramirez stars as the fabled La Llorona in the Conjuring Universe's The Curse of the Weeping Woman, rated M, in cinemas now.

Ghost lady: Marisol Ramirez stars as the fabled La Llorona in the Conjuring Universe's The Curse of the Weeping Woman, rated M, in cinemas now.

The film shares the same general mythology and rules as the rest of the Conjuring Universe, but this time focuses on the Mexican legend of La Llorona.

La Llorona lived hundreds of years ago, and was the most beautiful woman in the village. But when her husband strayed, she was consumed by rage and decided she would hurt him in the worst way possible - by drowning their children in the river. Once she realised what she had done her rage was replaced with overwhelming grief and she was cursed to wander, weeping, and seeking children to replace those she had lost.

The Curse of the Weeping Woman is set in the 1970s, where La Llorona has set her sights on a widowed mother with two young children.

Freaks and Geeks and ER star Linda Cardellini steps into her first leading film role as mother Anna, desperate to save her children from the clutches of the creepy ghost lady.

Cardellini is committed to the role, and looks genuinely scared for the most part.

The Curse of the Weeping Woman delivers some half-decent frights and a couple of jump-scares, but it's pretty stock-standard as far as horror movies go. It's not one that'll keep you awake the rest of the night.

If you're a fan of the Conjuring Universe films, you'll probably like it, but if not, it's unlikely to be your cup of tea.

Rating: 5.5/10