Buy DVD
Buy Blu-ray
Credits
  • Director: Gonzalo Calzada
  • Producer: Esteban Mentasti, Horacio Mentasti, Hori Mentassti, Alejandro Narvaez
  • Screenwriters: Gonzalo Calzada
  • Cast: Malena Sánchez, Sofia del Tuffo, Marta Lubos, Pedro Merlo, Vando Villamil
  • Cinematography: Claudio Beiza
Gallery
Argentinean Gonzalo Calzada directs a visually explosive film where  religion, innocence, repressed sexuality and evil spectacularly collide. Natalia is a 19-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of mystical plant. There, instead of pleasure, they find a  world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and for the nun herself, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself. 
Reviews

Gorgeous…slick and polished. The final act alone is batshit and bananas enough to fill any horror fan’s desire.” The Hollywood News

“A terrifying and visceral journey of self-discovery that plays beautifully with the audience’s perceptions of reality and continually wrong foots you, leaving you unsure as to what is dream and what is not.” – BritFlicks

“Vividly atmospheric…The delirious style of the film lends itself to high drama. With strong performances from the young leads, it achieves real power in places…stands out as one of the most daring religiously-themed horror films of recent years.” – EyeForFilm

“From satanic, spiritualized dreamscapes to amazonian shamans (along with a pretty unnerving sex scene with the devil), LUCIFERINA houses some tasty traditional gore effects and digital animated imagery to leave its genre audience satisfied, and a little uncomfortable. With the haunting and beautiful cinematography portrayed here, it’s hard not to be transfixed by the art direction and overall concept that, all together, creates a devilishly fun and suspenseful film.” – NightmarishConjurings

“The final 10 minutes are absolutely breathtaking and worth watching this movie for. I would hate to spoil it for anyone, but it’s also the real reason I would recommend people see it, so I’ll leave you with one, hopefully vague enough word – sexorcism. The end of this movie is BONKERS. – TheFarsighted

“Awesome… a lot like Ken Russell’s The Devils on the scale of sacrilegious imagery and ideology, the rest of the picture is more like the lush, gauzy, dream-logic films of Jean Rollin, rife with eroticism and mystery.” FilmFreakCentral 
Luciferina is pretty much a “what the fuck”-movie – in the best possible of ways! Basically, the film starts out along teen slasher lines, with a bunch of youngsters going where they shouldn’t go, and bad things happen … but then it takes things to a whole other level, call it metaphysical, mythical or religious or whatever, which makes this a very trippy experience all of its own, thanks not only to the story that gets weirder by the minute but also to the trippy imagery and the performances that are nevertheless very much on point no matter how odd things get. That said, not a film for everyone, but if you can open your mind enough to enjoy the slightly grotesque, then it’s definitely one for you.” – SearchMyTrash
“While the film tackles some very familiar subject matter, it does so with a daring style that helps elevate it above typical genre fare…with an explosive and extremely satisfying climax. The second half unleashes a frenzy of madness and nightmarish imagery, as well as some great effects and supernatural chaos to satisfy the horror fans who have tuned in more for the real scares than the atmospheric creepiness.This all culminates in a transgressive and highly progressive exorcism scene unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The infamous “sexorcism” scene involves the virginal heroine seducing her demon-possessed love on an altar. It’s brilliantly shot, entirely original, and equal parts sensual and sinister. Sofia Del Tuffo is extraordinary as Natalia, managing to convey a very believable sense of innocence and fragility throughout most of the film, while delivering a bold and fearless performance at the climax when she’s suddenly transformed through her bravery and newfound confidence. It’s a surprising and exceedingly smart twist on a tired formula that makes Luciferina well worth the watch.” – Cryptic Rock

“Serving up a story to be fairly gory and unpredictable, LUCIFERINA contains qualities of combating innocence with a dark and devious inner nature. From satanic, spiritualized dreamscapes to amazonian shamans (along with a pretty unnerving sex scene with the devil), LUCIFERINA houses some tasty traditional gore effects and digital animated imagery to leave its genre audience satisfied, and a little uncomfortable. The story is a tad wild, but interesting enough to bring something new to the table, while containing elements that make independent horror so likable. With the haunting and beautiful cinematography portrayed here, it’s hard not to be transfixed by the art direction and overall concept that, all together, creates a devilishly fun and suspenseful film.” – Abigail Braman, NightmarishConjurings

Good verse evil is center stage in LuciferinaFrom a production standpoint, the premise is well-executed and the narrative has an ample amount of eerie moments. Another strength of this film is how the film uses Natalia’s visions to flesh out back-story. And though there are an ample amount of shocking moments. The bulk of carnage in this film occurs off-screen. Not too be overlooked are the visuals. And nowhere is this clearer, than how the visuals reinforce the foreboding mood. Most notably the use of religious symbolism.” – 10kBullets

Luciferina is not a standard horror movieLuciferina is filled with beautiful shots. In particular, director Gonzalo Calzada does some amazing work with outdoors shots. Trees and buildings are framed perfectly in many establishing shots. By far, the movie’s best looking sequence is during the finale. The scene is stunning and transcends what audiences have been taught to expect. The moment is deceptively simplistic as there are only two characters and little scenery, but the emotions displayed are amazing. The camera work is stunning and highlights the creativity and artistry of Calzada. The use of light and shadow in Luciferina is also excellent. This is most clear during the early dream sequences in the film. The scenes have a washed out look that make it impossible to tell whether it is day or night. This adds to the creepiness of the moments. Luciferina’s greatest strength may be how it seamlessly weaves reality and fantasy. The audience is never quite sure if what they are seeing is actually happening which leads to greater engagement. It is a fascinating and interesting ride.” – AIPT!

“The final 20-plus minutes of Calzada’s film are a literal and figurative mind-fuck, punctuated with blood and populated with sweaty skin being savaged by an evil urgency. It’s as mesmerizing as it is startling, a steaming brew of lust and black arts thrusting back and forth in wanton carnality. For some time, I’ve felt like the demonic possession/exorcism subgenre had depleted itself of any original ideas or provocative imagery.Thankfully, new artistic visions like Song of Solomon and, more impressively, Luciferina have arrived to prove me wrong.” – John W. Allman, Blood Violence & Babes

Luciferina is an Argentinian film from writer/ director Gonzalo Calzada (Resurrection), who sets up the story beautifully. There is an immediate sense of dread that he steadily builds on for the first half of the picture. He makes the most of some truly beautiful locations and lulls the viewer into his web with confidence. The dynamic between the lead characters is thoughtful and well-realized.” – Horror Talk

“[Luciferina] was a huge surprise. This is a very stylish horror story with the emphasis more on the story and the the way the film is presented then outright scares and gore. Writer-director Gonzalo Calzada has made a a most interesting film and the real heart of his film is its star, the beautiful Sofia Del Tuffo. She looks like Rosamund Pike and has the same ability to both look sweet in one scene and very intense the next.” – TheInnerCircle

“Bottom line is, even though Luciferinais another entry into the possession thriller sub-genre, it’s very original with its approach and extremely well done. The story is interesting and the cast did a good job with their characters, especially Sofía Del Tuffo who starts out as this innocent young nun and by the end of the movie she’s become a full-fledged veteran in the fight against evil. Gonzalo Calzada has delivered a well executed slow burn where religion ends and pure evil begins. It’s a story about innocence lost that’s full of nightmarish visions that ultimately results in a hellish self-discovery. The movie features some impressive cinematography that gives it a haunting and atmospheric tone at times and there’s also some special effects to go along with it all.” – AlienBee

“I like my horror edgy, and Luciferina is definitely that. Not just in terms of gore or sexuality, but in exploring some larger themes about the corruption of family and innocence….the sexuality and gore are on full display. Such as showing a masturbating nun in full display before the 15-minute mark.” – FearForever 

“[A] wild demon-possession flick…bizarre enough to fuel about a dozen “Exorcist” sequels. There’s lots of the usual black masses and bloody rituals but the whole picture seems to be winding itself up for the sex-fueled finale, which is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. …fearless.”  – Cherry Hill Courier-Post USA TODAY NETWORK

“This film is the equivalent of a big bowl of soup. You have so many different ingredients that you are never quite sure which spoonful you will get. The tone and pacing of this film is all over the place. You truly are never quite sure about what direction this film could be heading towards. The last half of this film is so bat shit insane, that to describe what you get to witness would take the fun out of watching it and living thru the experience. It is fun to watch…has some great horror elements and gore moments. If you think about this film, you will be utterly lost.” – WickedChannel

Del Tuffo is an amazing young actress who is absolutely fearless. She is required to be naive innocent, pure of heart novitiate and eventually self-confident action hero and sexually rampant woman. There is a scene that other critics are referring to as a “sexorcism” (which is a bit cheesy but accurate) which is as graphic a sex scene as you’re likely to ever see from a Latin American film.

REASONS TO GO: The performances are pretty solid all around. The gore and the special effects (for the most part) are spot on.
FAMILY VALUES: There is lots of profanity, graphic nudity, sex, graphic violence and gore as well as drug use.
TRIVIAL PURSUIT: This is the first film in a proposed trilogy entitled The Trinity of the Virgins.
BEYOND THE THEATERS: AmazonFandango NowGoogle NowiTunesVudu, YouTube
CRITICAL MASS: As of 12/7/18: Rotten Tomatoes: 100% positive reviews. Metacritic: No score yet.
COMPARISON SHOPPING: Rosemary’s Baby” – Cinema365

 

 

Screenings
2018 - BIFF (Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival)
2018 - Cinepolcalypse Festival
2018 - FrightFest (London)
2018 - NOLA Horror Film Festival
2018 - Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival
2018 - Negative Fest
2018 - Fantaspoa (Brazil)
Awards
Cinepocalypse - "Best Sexorcism Scene"
NOLA Horror Film Festival - Fest Feature Film
About the Director

Gonzalo Calzada is an Argentinean film director, screenwriter, producer, teacher and publicist. He is part of the new wave of filmmakers who are working on making innovative genre films in Argentina today.  He has produced, written and directed feature films, short films and screenplays. His features include Resurrection (2015),The Clairvoyant’s Prayer(2012) and Luisa (2009). Gonzaldo is also a founding partner of the Argentinean film production company, La Puerta Cinematográfica.

 

Buy DVD
Buy Blu-ray
Credits
  • Director: Gonzalo Calzada
  • Producer: Esteban Mentasti, Horacio Mentasti, Hori Mentassti, Alejandro Narvaez
  • Screenwriters: Gonzalo Calzada
  • Cast: Malena Sánchez, Sofia del Tuffo, Marta Lubos, Pedro Merlo, Vando Villamil
  • Cinematography: Claudio Beiza
Gallery