Dance of the Porcelain Demons (2019)

A little girl must face her inner demons in this twisted take on the Nutcracker Ballet


Cat Watson


Cat Watson
10 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Anna Simunková Anna Simunková ... Clara
Eva Zápotocká Eva Zápotocká ... Ballerina / Mother
Jakub Simunek Jakub Simunek ... Soldier / Father
Joey Petrila Joey Petrila ... Chef
Emma Darwall-Smith Emma Darwall-Smith ... Mother Voice (voice)
Joseph Capp ... Father Voice (voice)


Once upon a time there was a little girl named Clara and her parents loved her very much. Her mother doted on her and her father treated her as his little princess, but things were not as they appeared. One fateful Christmas morning, Clara receives a pair of beautiful porcelain dolls, a soldier and ballerina. Clara slowly begins to lose control of herself, acting out in ways neither she nor her parents understand. Her parents frantic attempts to help only push Clara further into the dolls cold porcelain embrace. As Clara's world unravels she is left with one question, whether to fight her demons or dance with them. Finally, their world shatters forever. Written by Cat Watson (Director)

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Sometimes we fight our demons... sometimes we dance with them


Short | Fantasy


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Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards
4 December 2019 | by catwatsonfilmandtvSee all my reviews

In the fairy-tale and surreal world of "Dance of the Porcelain Demons", the wonder of childhood mixes with the nightmares of the most naive fantasy. And yet, in this short and well-constructed horror story, the director is able to never allow the viewer the idea that it's all a fantasy.

The anxiety is built around a truly conscious and mature visual style, full of references to a certain nineteenth-century literature, in which fear is something very close, something that talk to you, to the point of forcing you to dance before you can even escape.

In this refined atmosphere, Watson stages an elaborate story, extending the possibilities of the cinematographic medium in all directions: the disturbing and fascinating dance of the two dolls is a choreography that perfectly fits the style of the story, as well as the make-up, costumes and cinematography. Everything is in the right place, and the result is this dark fairy tale with classic tastes, with a profound meaning behind its beauty. Dancing with demons, as well as a metaphor, is a reversal of the classic relationship between good and evil. Here then, in the end, the horror explodes, but only after the relationship between the protagonist and her monsters had already begun, in a frighteningly more friendly way.

A demonstration that the real ghosts are those that inhabit our deepest recesses and with which we must necessarily communicate.

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Release Date:

7 October 2019 (Mexico) See more »


Box Office


GBP20,000 (estimated)
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Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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