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.
“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
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
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)
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.
- Director: Gonzalo Calzada
- Producer: Esteban Mentasti, Horacio Mentasti, Hori Mentassti, Alejandro Narvaez
- Cast: Malena Sánchez, Sofia del Tuffo, Marta Lubos, Pedro Merlo, Vando Villamil