Swedish film director David F. Sandberg made a horror movie in his own house starring his wife. Read more about what the Swedish Hollywood director did during quarantine times.
In these Corona times when all of us more or less has been stuck indoor, the Hollywood director from far north in Sweden has done what he does best, made a new creepy 3 minutes horror film starring his wife Lotta Losten with almost no budget. The film is about a woman tormented by something malevolent and supernatural.
Lived on 10 kronor tubes of bean soup
Things weren’t looking brilliant for David Sandberg around 2013 when he had to sell his TV and couch and live on 10 kronor tubes of bean soup. Sandberg had quit his job as a visual effects artist and stopped doing commercials. He wanted to make a movie inspired by Miami Vice. His main problem, however, was that he had never made a feature before.
In 2014, the trailer for Kung Fury became the most watched trailer ever for a Swedish film, with almost 13 million YouTube views. Later, Sandberg gained popularity by injecting a level of charm and fun in the comic book movie sphere by helming ‘Shazami’.
Lights out for Sandberg
Sandberg’s claim to fame was the short horror film “Lights Out”, which was later turned into a feature film. Recently, he has returned to that format with ‘Shadowed’ which is perfect for making everyone’s self-imposed isolation a living nightmare.
Via Twitter, Sandberg has released his spooky, three-minute horror film which he calls a ‘companion piece’ to ‘Lights Out’. “It’s best to watch loud in the dark,” he says. His wife, co-director and brilliant actress Lotta Losten plays an unnamed woman who thinks she’s alone in her house, but it turns out she’s wrong – dead wrong.
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Scaring dark figures
Sandberg knows how to use dark figures that pop up when we stare too long into the dark voids of our own homes. Sandberg, who was born in Kiruna, but moved to Umeå aged three months, has like many other filmmakers and movie stars found his way to reach his audience from behind closed doors. He has also posted videos showing how the films were put together, showcasing how you can make a great-looking short film for next to no budget. Well, it helps if you have some talent.
What Does A Swedish Hollywood Director Do During Quarantine Times?
What Sandberg seems very good at is timing. He has released this short horror film at a time when going out wasn’t an option. And after watching this, you’re bound to see some freaky things moving around in your house.
“It has been a lot of bean soup, more hard work and more overwhelming than I ever could have expected…. But it’s been an awesome journey and this is only the beginning,” says David Sandberg.
You can watch Shadowed here:
What Does A Swedish Hollywood Director Do During Quarantine Times? written by Tor Kjolberg