Artsploitation Films (their slogan is “International films with an edge”) has provided some spectacular horror titles over the past several years, including some of our favorites right here at Horror Freak News — Fever (review), The Devil Lives Here (originally titled The Fostering — review) and the Dee Wallace vehicle; Red Christmas (review).
In their next batch of releases, we find two films out of South America.
First up, out of Chile, is Trauma from director Lucio A. Rojas.
Trauma Official Synopsis: “A vicious and shocking tale which blends the dark history of 1970s Chile with a modern tale of horror. A boy is traumatized when he and his mother are tortured by the Nazi-like military dictatorship of Pinochet. Decades later a group of women venture to the idyllic countryside for a weekend of fun. But their outing soon turns nightmarish when a man and his son unleash their pent-up rage on them. A film which exposes the horrors of politics with the evil that can lie within the souls of ordinary men.”
Next up is Luciferina — out of Argentina — from director Gonzalo Calzada.
Luciferina Official Synopsis: “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.”
Artsploitation’s Ray Murray: “Sex, religion, politics and family are the core themes to these two violent, controversial, visually stunning films. With Luciferina and Trauma the world may not be ready for what South American horror has to offer!”
Both Trauma and Luciferina are scheduled for release in several film festivals, followed by VOD and Bluray thereafter — sometime in 2018.
Stay tuned to HFN for further updates (including those release specifics) and hopefully some reviews when the time arrives!