A Dark Song is a horror Irish drama released in 2016. It benefited by an incredibly good critic from both professionals and public, as it will receive from me as well. In this movie, the outcome is the thing that counts, even if the horror effects and the magic paraphernalia are the elements which apparently prevails. It is an indie, and it is very well prepared to show what you have to watch.
A Dark Song – Plot
Sophie is a young mother who’s kid has been abducted and killed in a cult ritual. We’re just told so, we don’t see that, we only see how Sophie rents a house somewhere remote and pays for it in advance for six months or so. Next we are shown how Sophie negotiates with a presumed occultist with somehow creepy looking to help her communicate with her deceased sun. The guy is the less funniest individual around, but he pretends he’s the real deal because he already concluded what they call here, “the Abramelin”, once in three attempts.
At first, I thought he was hired as a sort of a mentor, a coach to train her on the road of this complex ritual which presumes most of everything, purity of body and mind. Anyway, what’s next is far from Abraham the Jew’s prescriptions; the procedures and all other executions are closer to Aleister Crowley’s sick mind than something based on Kabbalah. Magic is mixed with ritual, with invocation, with meditation, with torture and something Solomon named “ritualistic sex magick” (clearly of Crowley’s origin).
The Sacred Book of Abramelin describes a series of ritualistic procedures one has to perform in order to contact its Holy Guardian Angel, of whom one can request something. Solomon said that he wants to use Sophie’s acquired purity as a channel for him, too. He initially refused her proposition, to perform “Abramelin” just to communicate with the kid, but Sophie said that she actually wanted revenge upon the criminals. Solomon said that he desires “invisibility”, so he can “retreat” from the mundane world.
A Dark Song‘s cast is simple, there are only two persons, two notable characters. Catherine Walker is Sophie, the employer. Steve Oram is Solomon, the employee, the occultist.
No matter that the production doesn’t show us anything resembling Abramelin, and the result can go really wrong, like asking for something and receiving the opposite instead… Abramelin doesn’t presume dark magic or ritualistic sex, nor Japanese letters or intricate patterns on the floor. Abramelin is actually based on belief, purity and sincere praying. What we experience in A Dark Song, is something else, beyond magic, perfectly played by both of the actors.
Released in 2016, A Dark Song was written and directed by Liam Gavin. It is his first feature film, after four shorts.
The above trailer makes A Dark Song to look more horror-ish than it actually is. I liked everything in it because it’s explicit. It was rated 6.1 on imdb out of ten with under 25,000 votes, but I gave it a 10. Never forget: Short cuts make long delays!
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