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Bloody Ballet (2018)

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When a beautiful ballerina dancer, Adriana Mena (Kendra Carelli), lands the lead role in the upcoming Nutcracker performance, she's forced to face her demons as jealousy and tension begin to provoke the supernatural.

Director:

Brett Mullen

Writers:

Matt Cloude (co-writer), Brett Mullen (co-writer)
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Credited cast:
Caroline Williams ... Ms. Valli
Debbie Rochon ... Dr. Carlina Cassinelli
Katie Carpenter ... Berna
Kendra Carelli ... Adriana Mena (as Kendra Staub)
Brett Wagner ... Warren
John Migliore ... Host Baron Blood
Jae Hitch ... Elaina Kimper
David Schifter ... Chet Lowrey, News Anchor
Patrick G. Keenan ... Todd
Susanne Marie Danger ... Adriana's mother
Rob Springer ... McCabe
Tom Gore ... Officer Hauser
Jess Barbour ... Mia
Michelle Bucci ... Gigi Banton
Shane Terry ... The Killer
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When a beautiful ballerina dancer, Adriana Mena (Kendra Carelli), lands the lead role in the upcoming Nutcracker performance, she's forced to face her demons as jealousy and tension begin to provoke the supernatural.

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Horror | Thriller

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My Review Of "Bloody Ballet"
2 December 2018 | by ASouthernHorrorFanSee all my reviews

The story is a creative homage to the surrealist style of Italian giallo. The slow, evenly paced drama , balancing between suspense and theatrical, builds a nice gothic horror with slasher level gore. The characters teeter between a mesmerized two-dimensional dream walker, and full-bodied architypes. At times there is a disconnect between story and character play, but things hold together enough to draw you into the story on screen.

Mullens walks a smooth tightwalk between tribute and replicant with his systematic and formulaic approach to the giallo subgenre. Some my cry foul- fighting it a copycat film, but I bought in to "Bloody Ballet" from the first neon washed scene presented in brilliant techno synth- beat for beat.

The special effects are full on practical tricks done wickedly gory and totally visceral. My only complaint is the time it takes between these kill shots. Still the psychological atmosphere and retro inspired cinematography carries enough weight to occupy the viewer- so my complaint isn't a true complaint as much as simple acknowledgement. Add in the epic soundtrack and I am on my back with a twisted grin.

Overall "Bloody Ballet" is a worthy slice of surreal horror that takes you straight back to the glory days of 80's giallo. There are a few flaws, the blend between fantasy, arthouse and realism that plays against one another does get choppy at times. The supernatural element never really steps hard enough away from the psychological realm to be fully realized. Still "Bloody Ballet" is worth watching, and entertainingly horror.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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