The cinematography beautifully illustrates makeshift alters of dimly lit candles, salt lines, chalk drawings, and just a few drops of blood. Though these items are cliché for the average occult scene, there is nothing campy about their appearance in this film. There is an exceptional authenticity in the atmosphere and it almost purposefully steers clear of the outlandish phenomena typically portrayed in a piece about sorcery. This is not your basic Harry Potter film.
"A Dark Song" portrays an intense believability in emotional conflict - something that is rare for low-budget films. Solomon's personality was so strong that I found myself yelling at Sophia in hopes that she would hear me, then tell him off and find someone more professional to assist in her mission. Some of the scenes are truly disturbing, especially when the sex-magic is introduced - it is definitely not sensual by any means.
I had more questions than answers as the movie rolled along, and being more of a psychological thriller than horror, I often wondered if I would bear witness to anything remotely scary. However, when the creepiness finally showed up, I was not disappointed. I was also thoroughly excited when the storyline dipped into some time-altering sequences, and I am glad I decided to stay the course because the real action happens after the first half. Is Solomon truly a master of the dark arts or is he merely a grifter with dark intentions? Do you they complete the ritual and finally meet their guardian angel or something more sinister? No spoilers. You will have to watch it to find out.