I’m sure I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but I’ll state this once more: if a project is inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s work, chances are good that I’ll check it out. Such is the case with Swedish horror flick, FEED THE LIGHT. When I read in the press release that it was based on a Lovecraft short story, I knew without a doubt I had to watch it. I’m glad I got the opportunity to do so because, although it is low budget, it’s a nice and chilling jaunt into cosmic horror.
If you are not familiar with FEED THE LIGHT, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of
From producer/director/co-writer Henrik Möller comes a new landmark in underground Swedish horror, inspired by equal parts H.P. Lovecraft, David Lynch, and something far more disturbing: When her daughter is abducted by her ex-husband, a young mother will track the missing child and its father to a mysterious institution. But once inside, she will find herself trapped in a hallucinatory netherworld where reality turns amorphous, survival becomes parasitic, and an infested darkness lives and feeds in the light.
I guess I should clarify that FEED THE LIGHT is only loosely based on a Lovecraft story. This film is a modernized take on THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE, but the influence is definitely evident.
FEED THE LIGHT is shot decently, although the picture is very grainy and the tone is in a dull greyscale (not even really black-and-white). Interestingly enough, this low-budget look and feel really works for the film. It helps the industrial setting look even darker, and it even makes the tension in the film more palpable. This is hard to explain…it’s more of something you have to experience to understand. Even more interesting is the fact that, per the film’s IMDB page, director Henrik Moller originally shot the film in color but didn’t like the result. He switched over to black-and-white in post-production.
The acting is pretty good as well. Lina Sunden does a very convincing job as Sara Hansson, the main character. She is supported by Martin Jirhamn, who plays Vaktmastaren, and Patrik Karlson, who portrays her ex-husband. Nobody really gives a standout performance, but the acting does not bog the film down at all.
The special effects in FEED THE LIGHT are minimal, but they are done well and a few are even offered in color, lending a lot of credibility to the tension inside the film. I particularly like the black “blobs” that are used for the unknown entities. I didn’t think they would work at first, but as the film progressed, I found them more and more terrifying. Not knowing the true shape of a creatures is almost just as scary as actually seeing it!
FEED THE LIGHT won’t be for everybody, but I really enjoyed it. This is low-budget fare, therefore many folks will probably shy away from it. But if you give it a look, I bet you will be entertained. The conclusion is quite vague, so there are many things left to question. But you don’t have to have answers to enjoy this film. FEED THE LIGHT is available now.