While the film may be Swedish, the story is universal. The Madame In Black is based on an urban legend from Sweden in which saying her name 3 times into a mirror will cause her to appear, a Swedish version of Bloody Mary or an urban legend in the same idea as Candyman or Bettlejuice.
It’s a simple premise that has been done before, but never as well as in “The Madame In Black.”
While the film is only 24 minutes long, every second from the opening credits, to the final scare are packed with thrills and scares. The film revolves among brother and sister Alex (Demis Tzivis) and Emma (Ida Gyllensten) and their significant others as they play a game of The Madame In Black while celebrating Emma’s birthday. Of course, once The Madame is summoned, all bets are off.
The visuals in this film are amazing. All the outdoor shots include an amazing fog cover. Just the visual that director Jarno Lee Vinsencius presents of the fog covered woods is enough to scare you into next week, and that’s not even counting the adding of The Madame. A mostly darkly lit film only add to the experience. There are times that the hair on your legs will stand up.
My only negative with the film is that the secondary characters, Emma and Alex’s boyfriend and girlfriend respectably, don’t have enough screen time. Now I understand that the film is only 24 minutes long, so adding to those characters might have hurt the films overall tightness.
The Madame In Black has begun it’s festival run where it has already won 10 awards. On top of being the director, Jarno Lee Vinsencius is also the writer and cinematographer. Rounding out the crew is Erik Hoff (sound) and Ellinor Rosander (make up).
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