Plot: Mary (Jessica Cameron) has gone through a horrific transformation, as some kind of demonic force has taken possession and it is clear this dark presence has no plan to release her. Her own father killed himself in brutal fashion right in front of her, slicing his throat open and pulling his tongue through the gaping wound, before slumping over to die. After she witnessed her father’s death, she began to show signs of of some kind of sickness, but no traditional medical doctor could seem to find the root of her ailments and her mother was desperate for answers. As Mary’s condition worsens and takes on some almost supernatural elements, her mother reaches out to religion for a solution and priests are called in. But given Mary’s tragic progression, can even men of God save her soul at this point?
Entertainment Value: This is a dark, twisted movie that focuses on atmosphere, shocks, and authentic exorcism rites rather than narrative depth. There’s a story here of course, but The Song of Solomon is more of an experience than a traditional narrative, an experience most will likely remember long after the end credits roll. This one is soaked in practical gore effects and most look quite impressive, so fans of the more visceral side of horror will be sated in that respect. I’m sure some will find the story a little lacking, but I think the approach works, as it puts the emphasis on the religious and supernatural elements of the exorcism process, rather than delve into the lives of those involved. So while the narrative is handled in a non traditional fashion perhaps, there is a story here and Stephen Biro’s “show, don’t tell” methods pay dividends. The pace is brisk and the kinetic nature of the exorcism rituals keeps you hooked in, though a few scenes can be a little on the slow side. But overall, The Song of Solomon keeps the filler to a minimum and delivers a supernatural roller coaster ride steeped in authentic religious lore and some remarkable gore effects. Anyone with even a casual interest in outsider or extreme horror should check this one out.
This one is all about the blood and gore, so the sleaze takes a backseat and given the nature of the material, that makes sense. I wouldn’t have minded some wild sleaze thrown in, but it isn’t missed here, as the movie keeps a consistent flow of the red stuff on showcase. The Song of Solomon backs up a truckload of violence and bloodshed too, all practical effects that deliver a visceral, nasty thrill ride where you never know what the hell might happen next. Jessica Cameron’s binge & purge scene is one for the horror hall of fame, as few have vomited up, then feasted on their own internal organs with this kind of enthusiasm. This is just one example however, as the movie is packed to the walls with one outrageous scene after another, with most of the gore done with remarkable skill and presentation. Even by Unearthed Films’ usual standards, this is some wild shit, to say the least. The dialogue is solid and has some eerie religious currents, while Cameron’s excellent performance yields some great lines as well, as she really embraces the role and goes for broke. The low score isn’t an indictment, the movie just doesn’t focus on wild, over the top lines, as it takes a more serious approach, at least in most scenes. On the craziness front, we have a demon taking down priests like ducks in a shooting gallery, a creepy religious thread, the bonkers gore set pieces, and Cameron’s unforgettable performance. So yeah, I think The Song of Solomon racks up some solid craziness points.
Overall Insanity: 7/10