Movie Review: BLOODY BALLET

BLOODY BALLET  (fka Fantasma) was directed by Brett Mullen who co-wrote the screenplay with Matt Cloude and stars Kendra Carelli, Katie Carpenter, Brett Wagner, Rob Springer, Caroline Williams and Debbie Rochon. The music was composed by Nightstop.

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.

Suspiria, Black Swan and now Bloody Ballet. These three thrillers take viewers into the dark world of ballet that can get extremely competitive and viciously ugly at times. Bloody Ballet is a giallo-style slasher that incorporates a supernatural and fantasy element to it. The opening scene shows the murder of a young girl’s parents and then fast forwards where it focuses on the young girl who’s all grown up and working as a ballet dancer.

Adriana has been left psychologically scarred with the murder of her parents and is seeing a therapist, Dr. Carlina Cassinelli (Debbie Rochon) and the relationship between these two characters ends up playing an important part to the story. She also has her close circle of friends and Ms. Valli (Caroline Williams) who runs the dance studio. What happens is, a masked killer dressed in a red dress begins slicing and dicing the girls one by one while Adriana fights for her sanity. All serial killers have their own signatures and style and this one likes to go for the eyes.

While all the murders take place and Adriana’s battle continues, there’s also a reporter investigating an old asylum that’s haunted and while this is more filler time than anything else, it does eventually link back to what’s going down at the dance studio and help explain a few things. The pieces of this suspense-filled puzzle slowly come together with Adriana and her inner demons that she’s facing, along with the shocking reveal of this mysterious killer, as well as the reporter who ultimately finds out what has actually taken place.

Bloody Ballet features some fantastic cinematography and use of colors – the reds, greens and blues are all there. There’s also an awesome retro-synth score to go along with the movie. Each key scene has its own style of music that contributes to the flow. All of this helps make the movie such an entertaining cinematic experience and to top this off there’s some crazy cool old school special effects that includes lots of blood and gore that the horror hounds are sure to appreciate. The atmospheric chiller definitely has some sex appeal going for it and with that comes nudity. I just thought I’d throw that in there for the hound dogs.

The movie has some really good acting by the cast and I thought Kendra Carelli delivered a strong performance as this troubled ballet dancer who’s dealing with all kinds of issues. These performances are complimented nicely by iconic scream queens Caroline Williams and Debbie Rochon who show up and get to have a little fun in this stylish supernatural slasher.

Bottom line is, Bloody Ballet is a well executed and ambitious indie chiller that pays homage to the slashers from the 80s as well as the 70s giallos. I guess the weakest part of the movie are parts of the story and some of the editing because the movie can get a little confusing with all that’s going on even though all is revealed in the end. Don’t worry because there’s a whole lot more good that easily makes up for the bad. Sure, the movie has a few flaws but what movie doesn’t and I think Brett Mullen has delivered one of the better indie slashers that’s worth checking out. Bloody Ballet is now available On Demand.

Distributor: High Octane Pictures

Run Time: 84 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

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