A Dark Song (2016) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Liam Gavin
Starring: Steve Oram, Catherine Walker, Susan Loughnane
Rated: UR/Region A/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
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.
Something wicked is about to go down and you can just feel it as we open up with A Dark Song. As to what and why are the questions we have to keep watching to find out why. Our leading lady is greaving over her son and is seeking the help of someone to take part in a very complicated ritual. She finds the help, they are stuck together for months, tension rises, and other weird stuff goes down as the movie just keeps building to the last act. I hope I didn’t make any of that sound dull because none of this is dull. This is a very well crafted movie that has a couple of very well played characters keeping this cinematic boat afloat. Things are disturbing at times and the movie really does go into a creepy horror overload at the end. Some are calling this movie one of the years best and I could totally see why after having now seen the movie for myself.
When you basically have two leads and an atmosphere running the show you have to make sure you have a strong enough couple of actors and an interesting enough story to keep the ball rolling on things and keep people watching. I’m here to tell you that you’ll never be bored at all when it comes to this one. The movie hits every note it needs to hit and all seems just fine and dandy until the very last few moments of the film. That is the part of the film I’m a little torn on. We see something there that is very CGI heavy and I just don’t know if I accept that or I’m a little let down by it. I’m leaning towards the okay side of things seeing as how everything up to that point is pretty much one of the better laid out affairs I’ve seen this year.
– Interviews with director Liam Gavin, actors Steve Oram and Catherine Walker, and director of photography – Cathal Watters
– Deleted Scenes
– Theatrical Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 98%