Balletomane (Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

If Black Swan and The Craft had a child, it would be called Balletomane. This 20 minute psychological short is directed by George James Fraser and stars Courtney Costa as Ellie, an aspiring dancer who faces ridicule from the other girls in her class all led by Nina Rose who is the H.B.I.C. 

Horror isn’t just associated with gore and murder; it’s associated with fears and day to day life. With being a young dancer, Ellie (Courtney Costa) struggles to be accepted not just with her dancing but in society alone and tends to “dance to her own beat” literally. 

With having a photo posted of her by the other mean girls and the leader of the pack at the dance, Ellie takes matters into her own hands to eliminate her enemy by conjuring a ‘spell.’ Upon practice, it seems that our H.B.I.C. (Nina Rose) falls to sudden death and a satisfying look appears on Ellie’s face. It’s a satisfaction to her knowing she can leap freely and has to take the matter into her own hands to get what she wants.

This short was filmed beautifully with actresses who did an outstanding job, and while there was not much dialogue, you can feel every ounce of what was taking place. Balletomane is currently going to premiere at a festival next month. I can not wait to see what else George James Fraser has to offer in future films. 


Posted by Sarah Gregory

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