Luz (2019) Review



Luz is a moody horror movie with some interesting themes that could have been explored further however, as it stands this is definitely worth checking out preferably on the big screen if you can find it.

Plot: LUZ begins as a young female cabdriver (Luana Velis, in the title role) drags herself into a run-down police station. However, a demonic entity has followed her there, determined to finally be close to the woman it loves.

Review: A blasphemous declaration by a young vagrant in life – a cab driver named Luz (Luana Velis) catches the attention of a demon, and it becomes obsessed with her. Following her across continents, the demon possesses one person after another to get closer to Luz, finally cornering her at a police station, where the demon toys with Luz by hypnotizing her and forcing her to reenact the first moment they encountered each other so that is can ultimately dominate and control her, possessing not just her body, but her very soul and spirit.

Shot entirely in 16mm and filling up a runtime of 65 minutes, plus a few minutes of end titles, Luz is the strong first feature film from German filmmaker Tilman Singer, who might’ve expanded the themes and situations a bit more, but it’s quite evident that he’s a fan of moody, trend-setting filmmakers such as David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, and Lucio Fulci. I liked what I saw through his lens, and while the film feels really light around the middle, it shows promise. The sound design, score, and cinematography were all effective. If you can catch this in a theater or on demand at some point, do so.