"This is a serious undertakin'. It's not fuckin’ astral projection or runes. This is real stuff we’re playin’ with.
“Real angels, real demons.”
Writer/director Liam Gavin’s feature debut, A Dark Song, is a vastly impressive piece that sees Sophia (Dark Touch’s Catherine Walker) hire Joseph Solomon (Steve Oram from TV’s Glue and The Living and the Dead) to help her with a heavy-duty occult ritual.
Isolated along with the pair in a house in the Welsh countryside, we watch as they gradually move through the varying stages of the ritual, moving inexorably towards its culmination.
“Science describes the least of things. The least of what something is.
“Religion, magick… bows to the endless in everything. The mystery.”
This isn’t some Dr. Strange fancy-hand-gestures-with-spinning-CGI-sparklers-as-background magic, mind.
This is the exacting, torturous world of ritual magick we’ve stepped into, where tiny and seemingly innocuous signs are meant to be interpreted as supernatural portents of massive weight and undeniable gravity, manifestations of the divine (or the infernal).
A world where everything comes at a steep price.
And Gavin places us right in the middle of this occult crucible, compelled to watch as Sophia suffers the rite’s rigors, as she burns with the righteous flame of her personal desire.
“This is the price of our rage. Embrace it, don’t fear it. It’s you and it’s me.
(A Dark Song OS’ courtesy of comingsoon.net & screenanarchy.com.)