Bloody Ballet, Modern Interpretation To Classic Psychological Thriller
Bloody Ballet Film Details
Original Title: Fantasma
Director: Brett Mullen
Release Date: November 2018
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 90 min
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.
Brett Mullen latest film Fantasma is a visual narrative that pays homage to Dario Argento’s 1977 Horror classic. The release to Mullen’s film is ill-timed or beneficial to sales considering the forthcoming Suspiria reboot Luca Guadagnino also arrives in November 2018. Fantasma, now titled Bloody Ballet with its recent name change delves into psychological Horror, and Thriller themes. Mullen’s rendition of a jealousy, trauma, distress parallels of as Argento’s vision. Yet, Bloody Ballet (Fantasma) incorporates elements of the supernatural and a slasher paradigm. Set against stunning retro-inspired lighting and surreal Bloody Ballet (Fantasma) looks to enhance a developing Horror sub-genre dealing with fame in the performance arts.
The plot for Bloody Ballet (Fantasma) may seem to most as a carbon copy of an already established idea. Yet, the story Mullen delivers serves as an eye-opening endeavor into the world of the performing arts. Whether the interpretation may lie with the theory of MK Ultra trauma based programming or the stress of achieving success in the performing arts Bloody Ballet (Fantasma) is a visual art form.
The cinematography will leave audiences in awe with its artistic light choreography and camera work. Brett Mullen serves as Director of Photography (DOP) with Tony M. Collins as Co-Director of Photography, the duo creates a stunning visual narrative combining modern filmmaking techniques with classic influences. Giallo, Argento and influential filmmakers using surrealistic visuals are influences for Bloody Ballet (Fantasma).
Bloody Ballet (Fantasma) may not have a sense of originality considering the other films have already trekked on this idea before. This is not an isolated circumstance, regurgitated content is a problem that falls across the board in Horror cinema whether it be slasher films or creature features. Yet. Mullen crafts innovative quality and sentiment by accomplishing a sense of distinction in a sea of familiarity.
The compelling aspects of Mullen and Co-writer Matt Cloude’s narrative are the psychological influences invested in the character arcs. The external and internal conflict the protagonist deal with is noteworthy for its realism. Nightmarish creatures and the slasher element work well as metaphorical representations cast forth by a stressful situation
A highlight feature for Bloody Ballet (Fantasma) lies with the on-screen chemistry addressed by the cast. The performances did not have the dreaded B-Movie feel and audiences will find the fictitious portraits well executed. Actress Kendra Carelli takes the spotlight in Bloody Ballet (Fantasma) in her portrayal of the protagonist, Adriana Mena. From the start, Carelli’s character is relatable and realistic with multi-layered actions and profound emotions. Actress Katie Carpenter portrays Berna a character that compliments Carelli’s role during their many interactions and dialogue. Additions to the cast include veteran Horror Actresses Debbie Rochon and Caroline Williams are also part of the cast and each delivers intriguing on-screen personas.
Bloody Ballet (Fantasma) exhibits many spectacular displays of practical effects and are sure to please viewers with an appetite for artistic gore factor. Mullen delivers the many instances of carnage with a dramatic flair that is best described as surreal. Yet, certain scenes lacked the desired impact and have a common Halloween prosthetics look. The gorged out eyes are unimaginative and do not convey a similar shock and awe as do the other injuries.
Overall, Bloody Ballet (Fantasma) is a fine exhibition of psychological Thriller and Horror. Filmmaker Brett Mullen may have re-purposed Argento’s Horror vision but Bloody Ballet (Fantasma) has enough merit to stand on its own qualities.