Director: Brett Mullen
Cast: Kendra Carelli, Debbie Rochon, Brett Wagner
Production Company: Red Nebula
Runtime: 84 minutes
Ah, classical ballet. It’s a dance form steeped in heritage, culture, and blood. At least, that’s my kind of ballet! Director Brett Mullen brings us a rare treat relating to the most beautiful of performance arts with his latest film, Bloody Ballet (2018).
In the movie, Adriana (Kendra Carelli) is a talented ballerina who receives the coveted lead role in an upcoming dance performance. For some reason, a masked psychopath has targeted the women involved in the show, murdering them in gruesome ways…
Formerly known as Fantasma, Bloody Ballet is a neo-giallo in the grand style of Suspiria (1977) and Torso (1973). The film’s cinematography, lighting, effects, and music are all executed in a strikingly artistic manner. This movie is eye candy for horror fans…
The movie is written by Brett Mullen (Fix It in Post) and Matt Cloude (The Creightonville Terror), who skillfully capture the essense of this classic genre. Bombshell Bloodbath (2014), another film by Mullen, also has strong ties to the giallo tradition.
Kendra Carelli from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) is excellent as the film’s lead character, Adriana Mena. She expertly displays a wide range of emotions in this challenging role.
Debbie Rochon plays a more subtle and nuanced role than usual as Dr. Carlina Cassinelli. Rochon has appeared in a ton of indie horror films, including Satanic Yuppies (1996), Terror Firmer (1999), and Sick: Survive the Night (2012). And that’s just scraping the surface…
Caroline Williams is also noteworthy as a sympathetic ballet instructor. Williams is best known for her memorable roles in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), Halloween II (2009), and Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens (2016).
Check out the rest of this film’s stellar cast. I’m even part of the mix…
Kendra Carelli from The Dark Within (2018)
Brett Wagner from Dances with Werewolves (2016)
Katie Carpenter from Scatter (2016)
Rob Springer from Bombshell Bloodbath (2014)
Susanne Marie Danger from Gore Theatre (2017)
Patrick G. Keenan from Devil’s Crossing (2011)
David Schifter from Butchered (2010)
Tom Gore from The Haunting of Four Points (2017)
John Migliore from Ghastlies (2016)
Jess Barbour from Vault of Darkness (2009)
Shane Terry from Bombshell Bloodbath (2014)
The makeup effects are fantastic too. The gore is very realistic and there’s plenty of it. The movie’s ending provides a few unexpected surprises, as all good giallo films should. Bloody Ballet will enrich your love for the arts and bathe you in blood at the same time…
– John Migliore
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