Unearthed Films, with sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has picked out Aug. 14 as the street date for writer/director/producer Stephen Biro’s latest installment in the American Guinea Pig horror series.
Titled The Song of Solomon, Unearthed Films will be releasing both DVD and Blu-ray editions, plus a special edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, which includes a CD of the film’s soundtrack.
The story itself is about a seemingly ordinary woman by the name of Mary, played by none other than “Scream Queen” Jessica Cameron (Camel Spiders, Resurrection, Intrusive Behavior, Run Like Hell, etc.), so you know — as a genre fan — from the get-go that this is going to be something special.
Cameron is a real pro, who is more than willing get into her part — wow, does she really know all of that Latin? — and that means in The Song of Solomon getting bloody … really bloody!!!
Filmmaker Stephen Biro sets the hook early with a grab-you-by-the-throat opener and then settles in for a narrative set-up as Mary, at the behest of her mother, gets a little counseling from a well-meaning local professional, who quickly realizes that he’s in way over his head.
Mary’s issues devolve very quickly and before you know it she is in the middle of a series of exorcisms that all end quite badly.
Stop! You’re thinking Exorcist rip-off right about now. In the hands of a lesser filmmaker — and without the performance of Jessica Cameron — that assumption would certainly be the case.
But, Biro came up with a script that almost wrote itself. It was inspired!! He turned, as the backstory goes, to the Catholic Church in his quest for knowledge about possession, exorcisms and the like. They responded, again as the story goes, by sending him a copy of “De Exorcismis Et Supplicationibus Quibusdam” (aka: “Of Exorcisms and Certain Supplications”), which is in Latin. It is literally an 84-page how-to manual, which became the basis for his script; his vision.
As to bonus nuggets, there are two commentary options. The first features filmmaker Stephen Biro, who is joined by the very talented Jessica Cameron; the second teams Biro f/x whiz Marcus Koch (We are Still Here, Die Die Delta Pi, American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore, etc.) and make-up artist Jerami Cruise (Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Revenge Is Her Middle Name, etc.), a behind-the scenes featurette and a trio of video sessions — actress Jessica Cameron, writer/director/producer Stephen Biro and f/x artist Marcus Koch.