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This latest attempt at a spook-fest from the team behind Warner Bros.’ Conjuring-Annabellefranchise is meaningless drivel.
All the elements of a horror film are there: the paranormal inserting itself into nature and creating chaos, social and community isolation, unexplained apparitions, loss of control, psychological and physical vulnerability, evil vs good. But the story lacks credibility even though based on an old Mexican legend meant to scare kids into good behavior. There is some relief but no real redemption, just a limp ending with the threat of a sequel. These people need to find another true story (like the one The Conjuring was based on) and for goodness’ sake, hire a Catholic theological consultant! Real theology makes a compelling story. Remember The Exorcist?
Patricia - Alvarez - Patricia - Velasquez - Mother
Patricia Alvarez (Patricia Velasquez) is the single mother of two young sons but for reasons that are never clear, she is under the gaze of Child Protective Services (CPS) in Los Angeles in the early 70s. Her case worker is Anna Garcia (Linda Cardinelli), herself the mother of a young son, Chris (Roman Christou) and daughter, Samantha (Jayne-Lynne Kinchen.) Her deceased husband was an LAPD police officer. A call comes in one day because the Alvarez children are truant. Garcia heads to the home accompanied by a police officer but makes him stay outside when she enters the home. Alvarez’ behavior is abnormal, and the boys are missing. Garcia searches the house and finds the children locked in a closet, frightened and bearing burn marks on their arms. Alvarez screams that she locked up the children to protect them and curses Garcia for opening the door.
CPS place the boys in a Catholic children’s home, but they go missing during the night. They are found drowned nearby and the cops call Garcia. She puts her sleeping daughter in the back seat...
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