Super Spirited ‘The Madame in Black’ is Haunting in a Hammer Way (Review)
The Madame in Black may run a scant 24 minutes runtime, but director Jarno Lee Vinsencius understands the process of speedy dread. Vinsencius wastes no time in ratcheting up the tension. If this were a feature length film I’d be concerned (the never ending scares of a 90 minute movie can become a bit repetitive), but since we’re dealing with a picture that doesn’t dabble with the 30 minute mark, even final credits included, the pace is phenomenal. And the jolts are legit.
We’ve got a strong young cast here who are convincing in their supernatural entrapment. Most of these personalities different significantly, so you can place a safe bet that one of the characters you like, might very well meet an untimely demise.
The story – I suppose I should get through that – focuses on a brother and sister who used to play a game in which they’d gaze into a mirror and chat a name three times before an evil force worked its way through said mirror and into our world, where pain is a harsh reality. These two played the game as children, and were left a bit traumatized. But 22 years later they reunite with a few friends, only to put their fears to bed by once more playing the game.
The problem is, their fears weren’t laid to rest, they’re just beginning.
I love the atmosphere of the flick. There’s this constant dread – increased by thick plumes of fog and dark lighting, the sky only illuminated by the full moon… it almost feels like a vintage Hammer picture unearthed and restored. It looks beautiful, the sound is crisp, and again, the onscreen performances are quite memorable. Do yourself a favor and look into this one the first chance you get!
I see this review was written a couple of months ago, and after having searched for this horror short film with no luck, just wanted to know if it had in fact been released yet? If so, could you possibly post a link, or info as to when it will be released? Thanks in advance!