Starring: Chumisa Cosa, Nosipho Mtebe, and Kamvalethu Jonas Raziya
Director: Jenna Cato Bass
Good Madam feels very similar in tone to Get Out. It’s a criticism of race relations in South Africa, showing how the sins of the past, namely apartheid, live through and affect the present. Despite strong performances and atmosphere, some of the horror elements just did not resonate with me, but the film still managed to deliver a compelling story and mystery. The ending itself is strange, a Twilight Zone-style sequence that blends plenty of nuance with some abject horror. It’s a film that could have done more, but what is there is still pretty good.
Good Madam may not be the kind of thing that you’d expect to see on Shudder, but different is always good, so it’s definitely worth the watch. It’s an atmospheric, slow burn, horror film that is also a social commentary, much like Jordan Peele’s Get Out. The story itself doesn’t fully come together as well as you’d hope, needing more meat on the bones, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that you’ll fall under its spell due to the film’s great performances.