Saturday, September 8, 2018
The Song of Solomon blu-ray + Extras (2018: Unearthed Films)
When I first opened the plain manilla envelope and pulled this case out I got super psyched on that cover image. How could you not? A bloody priest straddling the body of a possessed women? Sign me the fuck up! Now the question is, does The Song of Solomon live up to the hype on the box?
Considered part of "The American Guinea Pig" films, The Song of Solomon focuses on the possession of a woman named Mary and the pending birth of the Antichrist. Not too far into the film we find that the church is sending in exorcists less to remove the demon from Mary but more so to assist the coming evil. The church spokesperson explains that once the Antichrist is born, then Christ will return seven years later. So I guess they're looking at it as a "the ends justify the means" situation.
I really like the general plot of this film. Maybe it's too many horror movies and black metal, but I can have that moment of "sure, the church could do something like that." I found myself wanting more from of this story though. Each exorcist is armed with some sort of Castlevania sounding holy relic but none of them really lead to anything. Aside from her name, why is Mary chosen? Why are each of these specific exorcists chosen? The whole story is secondary to gore and mayhem, and this movie is like a Gwar concert turned up to 11 in that aspect.
Don't get me wrong, I love good practical effects, but this film is really an effects portfolio that just happens to have a plot around it. Everything looks great but the shock and excitement get lost after the first few gallons of blood and each scene with an appliance goes on forever. This film could've lobbed off a half hour just by editing down stuff like the priest yelling with his eyeballs in his hands. Even the "behind the scenes" feature is just them laying out effects shots, making appliances for the shots, testing the appliances, and then shooting the scenes. I get it! The shit looked great but I shot my load over 20 minutes ago and I need some recuperation time before I'm ready again.
Despite that paragraph of complaining I will most likely watch The Song of Solomon again. I think that this is the kind of movie you put on when you have someone over that thinks that since they've seen all 900 Saw films they can handle some crazy shit. Then you put this crazy shit on and they apologize profusely for ever thinking they knew shit about dick.
I covered the Behind the Scenes above and there really isn't much more to add to that. We do get a series of interviews with the actress that played Mary, the writer/director, and a few other people. I watched those initial two interviews to get some insight but they were loosely structured and weren't what I was expecting. This isn't to say that I didn't gleen some info from them, I just found it a bit hard to watch directly after having just finished The Song of Solomon. I do plan to go back and finish the others and check out the commentary tracks as well.
Thanks again to Unearthed Films and MVD for this blu-ray. If you're interested in picking up a copy for yourself you can pick it up here from Amazon for around $25. If you end up buying it from the link there then 30 Days of Plight gets a bit of the sale and that goes back into paying for this site and fueling it with energy drinks.