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A Dark Song

A troubled woman and an occultist perform a dangerous Wiccan ritual.

 

United Kingdom
Ireland
2016
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Wizard Film
Cultists: 
Guru
Relative: 
Offspring
Wizards: 
Conjurer
5.04
A magic moment
6
5.04
6
6
2
2
3
Performances
Effects
Pace
I don’t know how faithful to Wicca this story is, but it looks legit. It’s about an occultist, played by Steve Oram, who looks like a hardcore gamer more than a wizard, and a woman determined to raise hell, played by Catherine Walker. I didn’t believe for a second these two would accomplish anything concrete, but then I remembered I was watching a horror movie.
Two protagonists, one house, and a shitload of dialogue; surely modern spell casters do more than incantations and alchemy. You won’t know, until late in the game, whether this is real magic or a scam. I enjoyed all the occult mumbo jumbo, but I also got more exposition than I could ask for. Although seriously mismatched, these felt like people I know.
This film is on a tight budget, but it doesn’t look cheap. The photography is calculated. The set decoration, however minimal, is what a claustrocore story calls for. We feel isolated, alienated, gaslit, and we can’t second-guess this script. Can’t say that I liked the third act. Can’t say that it went nowhere near what I expected. This one is all about the journey; not the destination.
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