Movie Review – Luciferina (2018)

Luciferina, 2018.

Directed by Gonzalo Calzada .

Starring Sofía Del Tuffo, Pedro Merlo, Malena Sánchez, Francisco Donovan, Stefanía Koessl, Gastón Cocchiarale, and Marta Lubos.


Natalia, a novice nun, leaves her convent to return home to visit her dying father. While there, she is persuaded to join her sister and her group of friends on a trip to a remote island in search of a mystical plant with the power to heal the soul. But there’s terror in tranquillity, as something very sinister awaits their arrival.

Written and directed by Gonzalo Calzada – a celebrated auteur of all things macabre in his native Argentina – and coming off the back of his domestic record-breaker Resurrection, Luciferina is a horror film that keeps its cards close to the chest of convention.

The initial set-up, one soaked in lukewarm familiarity, sees a virginal protagonist (Del Tuffo) – previously shielded from the temptations of early adulthood – travel
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