Horror, Supernatural

Feed the Light (2014)

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feed the light

Studio: Intervision Picture Corp

Theatrical Release : April 12, 2014 (limited)

Blu Ray Release: June 27, 2017

Director: Henrik Moller

Not Rated

Review by Travis North

I had never heard of this film before, but since it’s a low budget effort from Sweden and it claimed an H.P. Lovecraft connection it seemed like there was potential for a nice surprise.

Feed the Light starts with a woman sneaking into a warehouse armed with just a prison shiv. She certainly looks to have ill intention in mind, but ends up in a bizarre job interview instead and gains instant employment. You find out that she’s really there to try to find what happened to her daughter, since her husband had previously worked there who she has separated from. A few other employees seem to take pity on her, and as part of helping her in finding her daughter also give her some inside information on how strange this building is. There are hallways that when walked down can warp oneself to another odd level of the building where shadowy creatures roam around. Also, one would want to avoid touching any of the floating glitter in the air or the glittery goo that oozes out of a man’s asshole. Yup, that happened.

It was really odd to have this super low budget movie which could have really been rated PG have a totally nude man dangle his marble pouch and allow a nice close up of his balloon knot. This movie has a very unsettled tone and feels like a waking nightmare with its mazes of hallways and roaming creatures. So the nudity really felt out of left field. There is a lot of wandering around, forcing the viewer of Feed the Light to you check their watch a few times, and then the somewhat ambiguously positive ending.

Feed the Light is mostly shot in black and white, with only a few splashes of color. Blood for example is red, in a nod to The Tingler. A problem with this is it seems to have been shot on video in full color, so the conversion to monochrome was distractingly poor. I hope it wasn’t the disc mastering, because the neutral balance was shifting all over the place taking away from the dread and just looking cheap.

Combine all of this together and I was unimpressed. There are a few extras which include a behind the scenes short, as well as the director explaining the Lovecraft influence. This was helpful because as I was watching I was struggling to see the connection. He apparently took a few small plot points from The Color Out of Space as inspiration, which feels like a big stretch to me. If that’s good enough for you, or if you are a fan of low budget foreign horror this might be for you.

Movie Rating: ★½☆☆☆ 

Disc Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

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