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Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights and actor Diego Luna are bringing to life the haunting, Latin American legend in a much bigger way.
Hitting the annual scarefest this year as "La LLorona: Villa De Almas Perdidas (Weeping Woman: Village of Lost Souls), the maze will replicate an entire village, taking you through the tale of "La Llorona, doomed to wander the earth forever after drowning her children in a desperate attempt to win a lost love. She then drowns herself when this attempt to win her lost love fails. According to the legend, La Llorona’s dreadful, wailing cries—'My children! Where are my children?'—can be heard eternally piercing the night. La Llorona’s frail, drenched body lurking throughout the dead of night will invariably elicit unwavering dread from the helpless village inhabitants or maze guests as her presence signifies impending death."
Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN and MILK star Luna is helping to design the set, saying "Like all Mexican children, I grew up with the story of 'La Llorona' and I think it’s a tale with universal appeal. Story-telling is at the heart of all my work and I’m thrilled to have the chance to help present the great ‘La Llorona’ legend in a different kind of medium at the ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ event."
La Llorona is exactly the type of despair-ridden ghost story that kills me and I'm fairly certain if I attend Halloween Horror Nights this year, I will walk away from this crying. You can keep with HHN, which is also collaborating with Eli Roth and Rob Zombie on HOSTEL and HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES themed mazes, respectively, at its official site.
Additionally, it seems two Mexican films have been based on the legend, one from 1933 and one from 1961. Here's the trailer for the '61 version, THE CURSE OF THE CRYING WOMAN, which I'd like to see immediately.
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