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A Dark Song

Horror, Thriller
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 31 oktober 2017
Regie: Liam Gavin
Cast: Catherine Walker , Steve Oram (Sightseers)

Sophia huurt een afgelegen, aftands huis op het platteland en haalt een man op aan het station. Joseph Solomon. Een norse man. Een occultist. Ze wil dat Solomon een eeuwenoude geestenbezwering uitvoert. Om contact te leggen met haar vermoorde zoontje. Het verlangen verteert haar.

Het ritueel is potentieel slopend. Kan maanden duren.

Solomon omringt het huis met een cirkel van zout. Het is hun enige bescherming. Hoe erg het ook wordt, ze mogen de lijn niet overschrijden.

Maar Solomon ontdekt dat Sophia niet helemaal eerlijk is geweest...

Geprezen als een uitstekend voorbeeld van de new wave of horror (The Witch, The Babadook, Raw...), bewijst A Dark Song dat de dingen die je niet ziet nog altijd de bloedstollendste zijn. En dat minder meer is. Met twee hoofdrolspelers, één locatie en de gruwel die traag smeulend onder je vel kruipt, serveert regisseur Liam Gavin een meeslepende mix van karakterstudie en paranormale horror.

Geselecteerd voor de Internationale Competitie van het Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2017 en bekroond met een New Visions Award op het befaamde Sitges Festival en met twee awards op het Monster Fest 2016: Best Cinematography in a Feature Film en Best Score in a Feature Film.

Reviews
  • Beneaththeunderground.com: The debut feature from writer/director Liam Gavin is a uniquely chilling piece of occult cinema. A two person film, held together with excellent performances and tons of atmosphere A DARK SONG isn't for everyone. It's a slow burn and those watching it will, like the leads, be in for a long trip but the payoff will be worth it.
  • Cutprintfilm.com: A pitch black and confronting two-hander, A Dark Song challenges and excites with its uncompromising and original approach. That it is more a character study than a genre piece is what is most intriguing, blurring the lines between a psychological and hallucinatory thriller and a straight up, angels and demons, Dennis Wheatley-style horror with a final brain-melting ten minutes that is one of the finest surprises of the year. 8/10.
  • Dmovies.org: A Dark Song is an intense horror movie and a trip into Irish occultism. In his debut, Liam Gavin uses the genre to bring to surface a subject that most people find difficult to deal with: the loss of a son. Far above the average spooky movie, this feature disturbs and provokes.
  • Efilmcritic.com: This is very much a movie that feels like it has put in the time and effort necessary for the supernatural to intrude into reality, a feat that is much rarer than horror filmmakers would have us assume. Pair that with a couple of good, intense performances, and "A Dark Song" is one of the most interesting and unusual tales of the supernatural to come around in some time. 4/5.
  • Goseetalk.com: A Dark Song is a gripping character study that succeeds because of the minimal effects and fanfare. It'll thoroughly creep you out, especially the things you don't see.
  • Heyuguys.com: A Dark Song is a ridiculously strong and beautifully acted piece of work.
  • Screenanarchy.com: Rather than give the usual frights, Gavin instead goes for the lonely heart of the occult: the attempt to contact the beyond, for the most heart-wrenching of reasons. A Dark Song takes a hard and serious look at the pain of loss and grief, and how that pain transforms into burden and enlightenment.
  • Wegotthiscovered.com: A Dark Song digs its claws in and never lets go, finding horror in rituals, personal reflection and burning black-magic sensations. It's dreadfully inviting from start to finish, with an almighty climax at just the right time. 4/5.
  • Quietearth.us: A smart and savvy example of horror's new breed.
  • Screeninvasion.com: The movie is a visceral experience that must be seen in a theater. For one, the cinematography is beautiful. Another reason to see it in the theater? It's killer score.
  • Slashfilm.com: It's an utterly unique film that uses its slow pace to lay the dread on thick and and build its characters so it can turn around and tear everything down in the homestretch. And the ending, which will surely prove divisive, is an audacious choice for a genre so often built on nihilism. A Dark Song may be a hard-edged and occasionally difficult movie, but it has soul.
  • Pastemagazine.com: A Dark Song is ostensibly a horror film but operates as a dread-laden procedural, mounting tension while translating the process of bereavement as patient, excruciating manual labor.
  • Scary Epidemic: A Dark Song is a excellent horror/drama about a young woman who is trying to contact her dead son with the help of a strange man who deals in the dark magic of the occult. [It] might be one of the best horror movie i have seen about the occult, because its literally only about the performing what you usually see getting rushed in lame horror movie that just want to shock people. 8.5/10.
Awards
  • Sitges 2016: New Visions Award - Best Motion Picture
  • Monster Fest 2016: Best Cinematography in a Feature Film
  • Monster Fest 2016: Best Score in a Feature Film
  • Fantasporto 2017: International Fantasy Film Award, Best Director
  • Fantasporto 2017: International Fantasy Film Award, Best Actress
  • Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival 2016: Audience Choice Award, Silver Award
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