Fantasia 2017: The Night of the Virgin

A young virgin gets more than he bargained for one New Year’s Eve in The Night of the Virgin. Nico (Javier Bódalo) was dragged to a New Year’s Eve party by friends and desperate to find a girl to take his virginity. Nico attracts the attention of Medea (Miriam Martín), who takes him home to her apartment. It seems that Nico has finally gotten lucky, despite Medea’s obsession with a goddess named Naoshi and the cup of blood in the bathroom. However, things start to go awry when Medea’s ex-boyfriend Spider (Víctor Amilibia) begins angrily knocking on the door. It also turns out that Medea had ulterior motives for picking up Nico.

The debut feature film from Spanish filmmaker Roberto San Sebastián, The Night of the Virgin is a horror-comedy that features everything from John Waters perversion to Evil Dead gore. The plot is primarily focused upon Nico, a 20 year old virgin, who was brought to a New Year’s Eve party against his will. If anything, getting picked up by Medea just gave him an excuse to leave. Nico is unsure about whether he wants to sleep with Medea, despite her extremely seductive nature. It soon becomes apparent that there was a reason Medea picked up Nico and the results aren’t pretty.

The Night of the Virgin is a film that is difficult to classify under a single genre. For much of the film, The Night of the Virgin can be described as a dark comedy, with some graphic and sexual gross-out gags. However, the film takes a major turn in the final act and becomes full-on Cronenbergian body horror, with every bodily fluid imaginable getting spilled by the gallon. Ultimately, The Night of the Virgin is a very messed up, yet intriguing transgressive horror-comedy.

8 / 10 stars

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).