Catherine Walker in A Dark Song (2016)

Conduit of Boredom

Sophia Howard (Catherine Walker) suffered a great loss when her young son was kidnapped by teenagers who murdered him whilst practising black magic, it lead to her suffering a breakdown. But now she appears to be looking for closure of would have occultist Joseph Solomon (Steve Oram) believe as she rents out a house in Wales and hires him to make contact with her son. She even follows the harsh set of rules he sets out in order to be cleansed spiritually and physically. But is what Sophia telling Joseph the truth or has she got some sort of hidden agenda.

Technically "A Dark Song" is a horror movie as we have this drama surrounding the occult and a woman seeking to connect with her murdered son. But as so often the use of the basic genre tags fail to really describe this movie which is a lot cerebral and very much features two people with strong personalities in a house together. And let me put this as basic as I can get; "A Dark Song is a wordy slow movie which is likely going to bore those who enjoy their horror movies to have more energy and entertainment.

I am one of those who come in that group who found "A Dark Song" tedious because all the character back and forth and dealings with occult rituals didn't do anything more. Maybe for those with a greater interest in the occult might find this a lot more intriguing or at least engaging. It is because of this that despite featuring strong characters neither of them did anything for me and if it wasn't for the fact I had read a synopsis which mentioned a hidden agenda I might have quit on the movie.

What this all boils down to is that "A Dark Song" wasn't for me and it ended up an incredibly tedious experience which ended up giving little reward for the time I spent on it.