There is something darkly elegant about The Temple of Lilith, the new arthouse horror short from James Quinn.
Perhaps it is the stark black and white 16mm footage. Perhaps it is the beautiful and alluring Hex Suicide of the Suicide Girls in the title role. But perhaps, and I think this is the key, it is the utter and completely deceptive simplicity of it all.
Released as a companion and precursor to Sodom & Chimera’s upcoming short film, Sulphur for Leviathan, The Temple of Lilith‘s official synopsis reads:
After the last witch of the south became ashes, never to be remembered, the mother of darkness, Lilith, rises from the ground to harvest the fruits of deadly sin, and set an end to the holocaust of the saints, the religious pandemic that tried to enslave and ultimately annihilate her kind. Planting the seeds of the goat into her skull, she goes her way, on a quest of darkness, to open the gates of hell, become one with the lord of flies.
For those unfamiliar with the legend and mythos of Lilith, she first appears in the Babylonian Talmud and is said to have been the first wife of Adam in the Garden of Eden. However, she was made as an equal to Adam and would not be subservient to him in the way that he wanted.
Depending upon which version of her story you read, she was either cast out of Eden by God or left of her own free will, and from that point she was painted as an evil creature who would steal babies to feast upon their flesh. She has been called a demon of the night, a vampire, and an evil sorceress who actually had sex with the angel Sammael before leaving Eden to further assert her own power.
While most of religious history has portrayed her as the picture of evil, many modern pagans and witches have embraced Lilith as an archetype of feminine power.
This power is firmly in hand in Quinn’s short film. As Lilith rises from the earth and is confronted by a Christian hangman, his rope falls limp before her and she uses it to leash him to her will. She is then joined by Baphomet and they stand together looking out over the forest.
With atmospheric music by Stephen Ortlepp’s Musica Non Grata alongside Canadian doom metal band, Dopethrone, The Temple of Lilith is an interesting and thought provoking work.
If this piece is any indication, I think we can expect interesting things from Sulphur for Leviathan, which reportedly centers on a nun who begins to have strange fantasies which come to blasphemous reality. That 13 minute short is scheduled for release in 2018 with no precise date, as of this time.
Check out The Temple of Lilith below and keep an eye out for Sulphur for Leviathan next year!