A Dark Song (2017) Steve Oram, Catherine Walker

A Dark Song

2016 ‧ Drama film/Horror ‧ 1h 40m
A young woman and a damaged occultist risk their souls to perform a ritual.
PLOT: A woman hoping to connect with her dead son locks herself in a house with a potentially disturbed expert on the occult.
A Dark Song was intense as all Hell.
Structured around a grueling ritual, a clearly damaged woman named Sophia (Catherine Walker), who we can gather is suffering a great loss. She arranges to pick up a man named Solomon (Steve Oram), a testy, conceited jerk who she invites to her just-purchased mansion, located far from any recognizable civilization. For a while the movie is tantalizingly oblique in its purpose.
A Dark Song follows two strangers as they spend six months locked up alone in a remote house, testing the limits of their physical and mental breaking points to conjure a guardian angel who will grant them each an impossible wish. Catherine Walker stars as Sophia, a woman drowning in her grief over the death of her young son. In over her head, but willing to do whatever it takes to see him once again, Sophia recruits Joseph Solomon (SightseersSteve Oram), an experienced practitioner of the dark arts, and an aggressive man who wields his superior knowledge with contempt.
Gavin, who also penned the script, makes two very important things clear from the beginning: The magic at work is brutal and extraordinarily dangerous — it’s not quite dark magic, but it’s the kind of spell that could cost you your soul if you do it wrong. And neither of them can be trusted.
Gavin keeps us guessing until the closing scenes. Even after the house begins to creak and slither with eerie apparitions, he drops teasing hints that the whole experiment could be a scam by Joseph, or even a hallucinatory vision inside Sophia’s unstable mind. When the nightmarish denouement eventually arrives, it feels less satisfying than the prickly human drama which preceded it. This is largely due to financial factors, as Gavin plainly lacks the visual effects budget to bring this hellish tableau vividly to life. But an agreeably audacious final twist comes out of the blue, elevating A Dark Song from pagan psycho-thriller to quasi-Biblical parable.

Release date: April 28, 2017 (USA)
Director: Liam Gavin
Screenplay: Liam Gavin
Music composed by: Ray Harman
Producers: Cormac Fox, Tim Dennison, David Collins


Steve Oram
Joseph Solomon

Catherine Walker
Sophia Howard
Susan Loughnane
Victoria Howard
Mark Huberman
Neil Hughes

A Dark Song, Reviews

2016 film

Review: ‘A Dark Song’ Soaked in Sorcery and a Woman’s Grief – The …

2 days ago – A version of this review appears in print on April 28, 2017, on Page C11 of the New York edition with the headline: A Dark Song.

A Dark Song (2017) – Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: 86% – ‎22 reviews

April 27, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review… Mike McGranaghan. Aisle Seat. With a cutting soundtrack and desaturated imagery, A Dark Song is a film that is …

A Dark Song Review: Supernatural Thriller Conjures Brutal Magic …

Haleigh Foutch reviewsA Dark Song‘, the Irish supernatural thriller from debut director Liam Gavin offers a wholly unique, brutal black magic …

A Dark Song (2016) – IMDb

Rating: 6.3/10 – ‎345 votes

Drama · A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to … Review: A Dark Song, Digging Into the Lonely Heart of the Occult

Review: Liam Gavin’s A Dark Song | Horror Society

Wow. Literally, A Dark Song was intense as all Hell. My thoughts are kind of jumbled at this point because I have so many things I want to say in …

A Dark Song (Movie Review) – Horror Movie News | Arrow in the Head

Rating: 8/10 – ‎Review by Eric Walkuski

3 days ago – Arrow in the Head’s Eric Walkuski reviews A DARK SONG starring Catherine Walker and Steve Oram.

A Dark Song Review | Hollywood Reporter

A grieving mother and a bullying occultist face their demons in ‘A Dark Song,’ a black magic thriller from first-time director Liam Gavin.

A Dark Song Reviews – Metacritic

Rating: 67% – ‎5 votes

A Dark Song movie reviews & Metacritic score: An unholy alliance between two damaged souls leads them on a disturbing descent into the depraved realms of …

A Dark Song review: a nifty, novel Irish horror – The Irish Times

Rating: 3 – ‎Review by Tara Brady

Apr 5, 2017 – A Dark Song review: a nifty, novel Irish horror. Ambiguity soon segues into full-blown weirdness in Liam Gavin’s impressive debut feature.

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