Blu-ray Review: LUCIFERINA

LUCIFERINA was written and directed by Gonzalo Calzada and stars Sofía Del Tuffo, Marta Lubos, Pedro Merlo, Malena Sánchez, Francisco Donovan, Gastón Cocchiarale and Stefanía Koessl.

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 a mystical plant. Instead of pleasure, they find a world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and perhaps, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself.

This South American supernatural creeper follows the virgin Natalia (Sofía Del Tuffo), a young nun who leaves her convent to go back home after she gets the tragic news that her mother has passed away. There’s a hint that Natalia doesn’t even want to leave the convent and that her childhood home is full of unhappy memories but the mother superior insists that she return home. Upon arrival, she sees that her father has been left in a terrible state and her rebellious sister Angela (Malena Sánchez) isn’t much help to the cause. Angela holds a grudge against Natalia for leaving her all alone with their parents and this also serves as another hint that something just wasn’t right in their home and the reason Natalia left in the first place.

What happens is, Angela and a small group of her friends invite Natalia to go on a trip to the jungle to perform a rite that will hopefully shed some light on what is actually wrong with their family. Once they arrive, they locate the shaman who can perform the ritual, and as soon as they take the hallucinogenic drug that’s supposed to help in the rite, their situation turns into a chaotic nightmare. Natalia awakens to see that her nightmarish visions have come to life and that her new boyfriend Abel (Pedro Merlo) has become the vessel for the devil who’s returned to complete his own unholy ritual and the young woman finally realizes that she’s a part of the terrifying deflowering process. All of this culimates in a bizzare exorcism where the young woman uses the light within to defeat her possessed partner in what can only be described as an erotic sexorcism.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, even though Luciferina is another entry into the possession thriller subgenre, 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. Luciferina is also kind of a coming-of-age road tripper about this young woman who unfortunately finds out about her family’s deep, dark secrets and how she fits into the scheme of things – and it’s not a pretty sight. 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. The Argentinian satanic chiller will be available on Blu-ray on November 20th.

Distributor: Artsploitation Films

Run Time: 114 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The ony extras included on this Blu-ray release is a trailer (01:59).

 

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