Blu-ray Review: A DARK SONG

A DARK SONG  is the debut feature from rising horror auteur Liam Gavin and stars Steve Oram and Catherine Walker.

Two broken souls. An unholy alliance. The unsettling indie horror hit A Dark Song sustains an air of quiet, creeping dread, tensely building towards a confrontation with evils unknown to our earthly bounds. 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). 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.

A Dark Song follows Sophia, a heartbroken mother who is willing to do anything to make contact with her son that she tragically loses. She hires Joseph, a strange occultist who uses some unorthodox ways to communicate with the dead. The two set up shop in an old house out in the middle of nowhere and don’t really hit it off. Sophia is skeptical but willing to take a chance on Joseph who shows no signs of being trustworthy or the right person for the job. She has to perform some odd rituals that he insists must be acted out and it becomes extremely uncomfortable for her.

The trust just isn’t there and things get even more strange and bizzare as the story plays out even though the signs are all around them that something eerie is happening. Just when Sophia decides that she’s had enough of Joseph’s nonsense is when the darkness around her fully reveals itself and this is where things get extremely deadly for the young woman. Joseph promised her that he’d help her reach the other side so that she can make contact with her dead son and she ends up getting exactly what she asked for plus a whole lot more.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

Bottom line is, A Dark Song ended up being a really unique supernatural thriller that relies heavily on its dark story and complicated characters. The tragic story is an interesting one about the loss of a child and what a grieving mother will do to make contact to the other side. It’s also about forgiveness and letting go. The movie is this eerie and unsettling watch about this young mother who’s dealing with all this grief of losing her son and the unstable occultist who’s willing to help her. The first half is a bit of a slow burn but the terrifying finale makes up for any shortcomings. Liam Gavin did a really good job with his directorial debut and Steve Oram and Catherine Walker delivered some intense performances with their characters. There’s also some beautiful cinematography that gives the movie its atmospheric look. A Dark Song releases on Blu-ray on September 5th and is worth checking out. This one will definitely get under your skin!

Distributor: Scream Factory / IFC Midnight

Run Time: 100 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles:English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include four interviews, a few deleted scenes, storyboards and the theatrical trailer.

  • Interview with director Liam Gavin (03:46)
  • Interview with actor Steve Oram (06:31)
  • Interview with actor Catherine Walker (09:05)
  • Interview with director of photography Cathal Watters (06:42)
  • Deleted Scenes (09:59)
  • Storyboards (14:02)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:16)


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