Anybody know what movie this is from?
December 24, 2013 8:45 PM   Subscribe

Trying to identify what movie this gif comes from. Warning: kind of really scary.
posted by DZack to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It would appear to not be a movie at all. Rather, an installation at a haunted house at Universal Studios, Hollywood (at around 3:10ish in this link, warning similar haunted house stuff).

Google reverse image searching, and then using the tag it gave it (Beware the Child Eater!) lead to this Reddit thread, which gave the name, and the Youtube confirms.
posted by codacorolla at 8:53 PM on December 24, 2013 [4 favorites]

It doesn't seem like it's from a movie. More like a haunted house scene you'd see as part of a commercial or something.
posted by royalsong at 8:53 PM on December 24, 2013

For a bit more context, it looks like La Llorona (the name of the house that scare features in) is a common myth in central and southern America:

Wiki: Although several variations exist, the basic story tells of a beautiful woman by the name of Maria who drowns her children in order to be with the man that she loved. The man would not have her, which devastated her. She would not take no for an answer, so she drowned herself in a river in Mexico City. Challenged at the gates of heaven as to the whereabouts of her children, she is not permitted to enter the afterlife until she has found them. Maria is forced to wander the Earth for all eternity, searching in vain for her drowned offspring, with her constant weeping giving her the name "La Llorona." She is trapped in between the living world and the spirit world.

In some versions of this tale and legend, La Llorona will kidnap wandering children who resemble her missing children, or children who disobey their parents. People who claim to have seen her say she appears at night or in the late evenings from rivers or lakes in Mexico. Some believe that those who hear the wails of La Llorona are marked for death, similar to the Gaelic banshee legend. She is said to cry, "Ay, mis hijos!" which translates to, "Oh, my children!"

The wiki page has a number of adaptations into various media.
posted by codacorolla at 9:00 PM on December 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

posted by DZack at 1:03 PM on December 25, 2013

A Latina friend told me the legend of La Llorona is inspired by Marina, or Malinche, Cortes' mistress, who did murder her children by Cortes.
posted by glasseyes at 1:33 PM on December 25, 2013

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