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.