“THE SONG OF SOLOMON”
“When the song is finally sung, Lucifer will be unleashed”
With The Song of Solomon, Stephen Biro has directed an exorcism film that will please both those who love gore and those that enjoy a deeper meaning with their film viewing experience.On the surface the plot is that of any other exorcism film. A woman named Mary (Jessica Cameron) is suffering from demonic possession and the Catholic Church sends many holy men to battle with the demon in an attempt to save the soul of the young woman. This is where the film stops with any comparison to exorcism films of the past. It is full of biblical references and those that know their theology will enjoy the subtle nuances The dialogue contains clues to what is lurking in the dimly lit bedroom of the possessed.
Jessica Cameron gives a master class in her portrayal of Mary. From the “innocent” looks she gives trying to pass herself off to a shrink to the end of days’ final moments, she owns the role and gives a performance that is impossible to forget. In the fight for her soul, Jim Van Bebber, David E. McMahon, Gene Palubicki, and Scott Gabbey provide the different flavors of priests ranging from the warrior to the defeated and do so with gusto. Maureen Pelamati is also great as Mary’s mother.
Mary witnessed the brutal suicide of her Father and his death unleashed the savage forces of demonic possession in his daughter. The End of Days are upon the world. Famine, drought, looting and chaos is ripping the world apart and the Catholic Church is trying to save an innocent soul from satanic possession. Holy men are sent to confront the possessed, but what is the Holy Church actually doing? It is working on the Second Coming of Christ but before he comes back, the Antichrist must rule for seven years.
The evil that has possessed Mary is stronger than that found in the likes of The Exorcist – it takes priest after priest after priest to try to free Mary from her shackles. However, as the film progresses, it seems that defeating the demon might not be the plan after all.
“The Song of Solomon” takes a modern approach to exorcism and we get a very different view of religion and more specifically, the motivations of the church. This is not a film for those who revere the church.
It isn’t only the gore that pushes boundaries here, the very idea of the exorcist himself and his motivations, his fragilities, his humanity are pushed to extremes we’ve seen particularly in the final exorcism. There’s true thematic power behind the real story of “The Song of Solomon” and those skeptical of religious organizations and the religious right will be up in arms.
Story, acting, directing and effects come together in perfection. Stephen Biro and company have set a very high bar against which every horror film should be measured from now on.
BONUS MATERIALS include:
- Commentary with Stephen Biro & Jessica Cameron
- Commentary with Stephen Biro, Marcus Koch & Jerami Cruise
- Behind the Scenes/Making of
- Photo Gallery
- Video Interview with Actress Jessica Cameron
- Video Interview with Writer/Director Stephen Biro
- Video Interview with Special Effects Artist Marcus Koch
- Video Interview with Director of Photography Chris Hilleke
- Video Interview with Actor Gene Palubicki
- Video Interview with Actor David McMahon