A Dark Song
Two broken souls. An unholy alliance.
Grieving Sophia (Catherine Walker) despairs over the tragic loss of her murdered son. Desperate to somehow make contact with the boy she has lost, Sophia believes her prayers are answered when she crosses paths with the reclusive Joseph (Steve Oram, Sightseers). An expert in the occult, Joseph reluctantly agrees to aid Sophia through a series of dark and forbidden rituals in order to bring her child back to the world of the living. Pushed to their physical and psychological breaking points, Sophia and Joseph make a disturbing descent into the most depraved corners of black magic.
The debut feature from rising horror auteur Liam Gavin, A Dark Song sustains an air of quiet, creeping dread, tensely building towards a confrontation with evils unknown to our earthly bounds.
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This movie takes magic to its romantic roots, much like it was pulled out of a Eliphas Levi manuscript, and makes its grueling in its complexity. Much like real "high" magic is intended to "do" and that is change the very fabric of reality, The ritual that they are performing in this film, we hear spoken of several times, That of Abramlem, a ritual to speak to ones Guardian Angel, of course the film posits that they are making changes here and there.
Anyways, the movie is superbly paced, well acted, and well shot. What other movies whom have attempted similar plots have made boring and drawn out this movie draws you ever deeper in much like the ritual they are performing, and believe me when I say, It pays off in the end.
Now don't get me wrong, this movie is not to be to everyones liking, but, If you are a fan at all of deep horror films, you really need to give this one a watch, and this is a film you NEED to watch, and pay attention too.
Long story short, I love it, and it is certainly worth watching. I know I will be doing so again soon!
My complaint is it is not the movie I expected. Still it packs a strong psychological punch beyond what most horror films do.
The film presents a dualistic view of the spirit world, with "good" beings (handsome, intelligent and clean, living in the light) and "evil" beings (ugly, dysfunctional and dirty, hiding in the darkness) who are bent on harming people, although there is no reason given for WHY this should be the case (and this is NOT really what we observe in the real world, where "good" often is found is surprising places, and "evil" often exists in plain sight, with a seemingly friendly face).
(Spoiler Alert!) So the woman jumps through all these hoops to speak with her dead son, and ends up speaking with "someone", who looks and sounds like her son but is merely an imitation of what she WANTS to see and hear. She almost loses her life to "evil beings" (why do they want to kill her?), but is saved at the last moment by a "good being" from above...but with a lasting scar as a memento of her experience, and an outlook which is somehow changed for the better.
The "special features" on the disc include previews from other titles from the same studio, and all of them seem to be a reworking of similar ideas, with minor variations of the plot, all intended to be dark, scary stories "warning" about the dangerous spirit world.