Feed the Light (2014) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Henrik Möller
Starring: Lina Sundén, Martin Jirhamn, Jenny Lampa
Rated: UR/Region: O/Widescreen/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available From Intervision Media Corp.
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.
It is art house city in Intervision’s new release of Feed the Light. The story starts out mostly black and white as a mother enters a strange place looking for her daughter after she was taken there by her now ex-husband following a divorce. What follows is at times very hard to explain as the story turns to a tale of “vermin”, glitter that is called dirt, and the use of a cell phone to open doors to other floors and dimensions. The story here being told is a very strange one and it gets a lot weirder as it goes on and on. It can straddle the line between just being artsy and being a bit of a graphic indie flick. This is a movie that will have an audience in both of those groups of fans but I admit there were times when I found myself a bit lost or just a bit confused by what I was seeing. I’d go as far as to say the movie even had moments when I was grossed out a bit as well.
Feed the Light is loaded with Lovecraft influence but some of the more artsy turns of the film might be what makes or breaks the movie for everyone else. Things tend to go a little off the rails from time to time and in those moments might be when a good chunk of the audience tunes out of what they are seeing. I can respect art films and I own a great deal of them, but it is hard these days to go that route and make a movie that is still coherent enough to feel fulfilling once things are said and done. I can respect Feed the Light but I’m not sure it makes the turn fully to get over the hump with me personally. It still is visually a cool flick, but the plot might be a little too far out at times for its own good.
– Making of Feed The Light – Featurette
– The Lovecraft Influence: Interview With Co-Writer/Director Henrik Möller
– Original Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 88%