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The Dark Lullaby

USA 2020
produced by
Michael S. Rodriguez for MSR Studios, Deep Murder Productions
directed by Michael S. Rodriguez
starring Donna Hamblin, Lynn Lowry, Helene Udy, Geovonna Casanova
story by Luc Bernier, screenplay by Michael S. Rodriguez

short

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It starts out as really nothing much, Marinella (Donna Hamblin) and Joanie (Helen Udy) meet for a girls' night in and have a few glasses of wine too many - and then in the middle of the night, Marinella's awakened by Joanie's desparate moans ... and finds her all tied up and gagged under her bed. Marinella investigates, and finds a weird and all bloodied up girl, Harlow (Geovonna Casanova) in her kitchen. Marinella picks up a knife and urges her to leave, instead Harlow pretty much runs into the knife. And it's later found out that Harlow was actually a serial killer with a mother complex, so Marinella did good - but the guilt of having taken a life is clearly weighing on her mind, so much so that she thinks she's haunted by Harlow's spirit. Marinella calls in a psychic (Lynn Lowry) - who turns out to be a fraud but who's attacked by something in the house. Marinella calls Joanie, who tries to calm her nerves any which way she can - unaware of that she's actually a triggering mechanism for things to come ...

 

Shot entirely in black and white, The Dark Lullaby is a refreshingly old-fashioned spook show, a film that trusts in atmosphere and the suggestivity of images, and on storytelling over spectacle, all of which is supported by beautiful camerawork making perfect use of lights and shadows, and of course very strong performances from its small ensemble.

A worthwhile little shocker for sure.

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