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.
What We Thought:
Luciferina is a pretty solid horror flick out of Argentina. If you thought Hereditary went off the rails, boy do I have a movie for you. Once it gets to the island and they drink the mystical plant, things get pretty nuts.
I’m not familiar with anyone involved with the film, but I thought the lead actress playing Natalia was pretty fantastic. She’s trying to become a nun and is a virgin, but she knows there’s something wrong with her. She can see a glow behind people at times and keeps having the same visions. Once they go see the Shaman and drink the plant, her character and performance is amazing.
Even though exorcism/possessions is one of my least favorite subgenres of horror, this film works for me. There is some fantastic gore and kills. The demon has some great effects and it reminded me of an older film and not today’s new paranormal flicks. It feels like a throwback that relies more on blood and effects than camera tricks and jumpscares which I completely appreciate.
Then there is the ending. You think it’s about to end, but nope one more powerful scene. I won’t ruin it but the lead’s performance with the demon will be talked about by those who watch the movie. I don’t know if it makes a lick of sense nor do I care. You just watch that scene and get mesmerized.
Luciferina is a movie that few people will see but those who do will talk about it. I liked the style and direction of it. I liked the effects and gore. I liked the lead’s performance. For a movie I had never heard of, I was pleasantly surprised.