How far would you go to get the chance to talk again to a loved one that passed away? That is the question that Sophia, a grieving mother that can’t move on from the loss of her son will have to answer, and thru a black magic ritual taken from the book of Abramelin, with the help of a very cynical occultist, she starts a journey that will test not only her faith, but also her mental and physical endurance.
In “A Dark Song”, the debut film from Liam Gavin, we get a very interesting drama with a touch of horror, skillfully carried by the performances of Catherine Walker (Bitter Sweet, Critical) and Steve Oran (Sightseers) as Sophia and Solomon, who develop a complicated teacher and student relationship, enclosing themselves in a country house for months in order to preform the ritual. As the story unfolds we see the tension rising when it becomes clear that one of them is keeping a secret that can destroy the whole process and put their lives (and souls) and risk.
Believing they have the perfect plan for the crime that will solve all their problems, Hazel and a group of criminals decide to kidnap a millionaire’s daughter with the intentions of collecting a big ransom. At first it seems that the hit was a success when they manage to take the girl from her house, however, the crooks note that there is something off with her, and that the whole thing was a little bit too easy…
Feeling that they are running out of time, Hazel and her accomplices try to intimidate Katherine, their victim, in order to create a video for the ransom, but the girl clearly is not afraid of her captors, instead she tells them that they made a fatal mistake by kidnapping her. At first the criminals think the girl is bluffing, but when their calls for the ransom get no answer, they start to suspect that something is amiss and when they go to the girl’s house to investigate, they realize that they are in fact the victims of something way more evil than them.
After finally stopping a serial killer thru a manhunt that lasted for three years, a Mississippi detective finds him self dealing with a strange series of murders committed by people that never showed signs of aggression nor any relation between them. After exhausting all logical explanations, Matt and his partner Darcy will have to seek help from an expert in black magic and consider the possibility that the murders are the result of a curse coming the murderer they just killed thru some antique dolls, and that if they are not destroyed by dawn, more people, the detective’s daughter among them, will die.
“The Devil’s Dolls” (Also know as “Worry Dolls”, which in my opinion, is a tittle that makes more sense after seeing the movie) might seem a typical film about possessions, but luckily its something more interesting than that. At the beginning it looks like an slasher film (I don’t know if it was an homage or if I’m just associating everything with “Hostel” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) but quickly turns into a detective film effectively set in the horror genre, and although it might not have a big budget, it never gave me the impression that it fell short to the story it was aiming to tell.
I think is safe to say that most of us have all had that awkward moment when we wake up after a night of partying with alcohol and other toxic substances without any recollection of the last 8-10 hours or even how we got to wherever place we woke up, but very few of us end up with long-term consequences or a 9-months-installments contract. In this film that is doing its runs in Fantasia Film Fest called ” Antibirth ” we meet Lou, a girl that really likes to party hard, never met a drug she didn’t like, and sees her life change dramatically overnight when she discovers that she might be carrying an unexpected passenger in her womb.
Before you get scared and decide to skip this movie just because you believe it will be a (more) bizarre version of “Juno” or that the film will be pushing a “Pro Choice VS Pro Life” message, I will point out that “Antibirth” is way more than that (Actually, is none of that… but I think you know what I mean). The film is actually a weird ass trippy suspense flick, where Lou (portrayed by Natasha Lyonne, of “American Pie” and TV’s “Night Visions” fame ) will not be debating about who the father of the child might be (We will leave that for some Bridget Jones lady), but instead will be wondering how in the hell she got pregnant when she had not done the horizontal mambo in months… .
Like with any other problem worth reflecting upon, Lou spends her days trying to get to the bottom of… liquor bottles, and indulging in any substance she can get to clear her thoughts (Riiiiight), still, with the help of a clearly disturbed strange woman, she uncovers a mess of secrets and conspiracies that will make the line between myth and reality become increasingly blurred. As days go by and the lump on her abdomen keeps growing in a scary accelerated rate, Luo finds herself without knowing who can she trust, or if she will be able to get out of this unlikely motherhood she had stumbled upon alive.
On August 26th IFC Midnight Films will release on VOD and select theaters “I am Not A Serial Killer”, an interesting thriller that was making quite a buzz on its festivals screenings such as “Fantasia 2016″, and that is based on the first novel from a saga written by Dan Wells… But what is all that jazz about?
I think most of us can agree that being a teenager was not that easy, and if to that mess you add having a fascination with corpses and serial killers, even when you say is just due scientific curiosity, like in the case of John Wayne Cleaver, things can be even more complicated (let alone that you almost have the name of a serial killer, and that your family business is a funeral home). Hence for some time, John has been following a set of self imposed rules that might allow him to pass unnoticed or a least as a “normal” teenager in his community, even when his therapist is just two steps away of declaring him a sociopath and that his family is sure that sooner that later he will end up in a padded room or behind bars.