Feed The Black review
Feed The Black (2016)
Written & Directed by Klayton Dean
Starring Tyler Berry, Kaya McKenna, Tom Driver,
Rhys Evans, Mog Wilde & Alex Burton
The film begins in complete blackness with a voice-over introduction from director Klayton Dean - this is far from a William Castle/Vincent Price style gimmick but more like an invitation from Anton Lavey himself. Throw some evil sounding Gregorian Monk chants into the mix and this journey is off to a creepy start. A young woman visits her mother's grave on a nice sunny day. The gorgeous cinematography of this scene filled with melancholic orchestral strings as the girl slowly strolls through the graveyard and kneels before her mother's grave really shows us both the sadness and the beauty of death and mourning. Something lurks in the shadows and watches her - is there someone really there or is it just the darkness in her soul? The following scene would lead you to believe the latter. A scene filled with religious, sacrilegious and fast-paced frightening imagery -like a kaleidoscope to hell. The young girl overdoses and it brings her over the edge, another plane of existence? Another time or a past life perhaps?
She wakes up in a forest, lost and confused with nothing but a white sheet around her. She wanders until she reaches a small but lively village, an old village that seems to be a couple of hundred years into the past. She knows she looks as much out of place as she feels so she scurries though quickly. She comes to an old graveyard where she sees a little girl dancing through it, curiously she follows her. Like lambs to the slaughter...
I wont give away too much but the ending is a bit of a mindfuck, in the best way possible of course. At a running time of just over 30 minutes with hardly any dialogue there is a lot to take in, lots to see, plenty to witness. It's the loudest silent movie I've ever seen, multiple viewings advised. While it would be simple to throw out comparisons to Jodorowsky, Zulawski, Gasper Noé, David Lynch, Ken Russell, or even more modern masters of satanic surrealism such as Ben Wheatley or Robert Eggers, it's fair to say that even though Klayton Dean proudly wears his influences on his sleeve he still manages to conjure up a unique style of his own. I've been following Klay's film career closely since his early days reviewing other people's movies on YouTube and to watch him grow from strength to strength as a filmmaker over the years is nothing short of amazing. I can't wait to see what he does for his feature length directorial debut and if Lucifer or the Old Gods are good to us that day wont be too far off. Speaking of feature length films, keep an eye out for 'In League With The Devil' which will be produced by Klay's company Suspiric Noir. Described as "Hammer Horror meets John Carpenter in this story of family and satanism" it definitely has me intrigued. But before then make sure you check out Feed The Black - one woman's psychedelic descent through loss, loneliness, drug abuse and evil in it's purest form.