Director Henrik Möller isn’t a name that I know or have heard about before. I looked him up online, and I see he has done a bunch of shorts in Sweden, but I haven’t seen any of them. Feed the Light was my first foray into his work, and I’ll be perfectly honest with all my readers, it will absolutely be my last. I didn’t like Feed the Light one bit, and the reasons for that is plenty. Read on to see if you agree or not.
From producer/director/co-writer Henrik Möller comes a new landmark in underground Swedish horror film Feed the Light, 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.
Feed the Light attempts to tell the story of a mother who is looking for her daughter in a building that houses a bunch of people who are afraid of the lights. We have some random characters and encounters, with the highlight only being the boss lady (Jenny Lampa) who is beautiful (even more so in the coloured behind the scenes feature). The film is supposedly based on H.P Lovecraft’s The Color out of Space, but besides a mysterious alien like object in a cave, I don’t see any relation to the story. To me, the film is just a bunch of nonsense artsy-fartsy crap thrown at you to elicit some reaction.
I understand that I might be the minority on this one, but I hated the film. The plot is a smattering of unusual experiences that barely connect to form a coherent story. We have the customary requisite artful shots that are meant to make the film look fancier than it is, but the film just failed to impress me. However, I am willing to take back everything I say if someone can comment below on how the scene of the close-up man’s asshole shitting out sparkles has anything to do with the movie. If you can explain that scene and its connection to the plot of the film, I will renounce this review. Until then, this film sucks.
Intervision Picture Corp (an offshoot of Severin Films) has released Feed the Light on a fairly standard Blu-ray package. We have some behind the scenes footage and an interview with Henrik Möller on how the movie connects to Lovecraft’s story. The audio and video for the film are on par with the budget constraints of the movie. It’s neither amazing nor awful. Fans of the film will like the presentation.
As you can probably tell, I loathed Feed the Light, but my differing tastes don’t mean you won’t like it. If you have seen this film before and like Henrik Möller’s work, the Blu-ray is worth the pickup. Everyone else should avoid it like the plague.
- Making of Feed the Light
- The Lovecraft Influence: Interview With Co-Writer / Director Henrik Möller