A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.
Sam, intelligent but without purpose, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment's pool one night. The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre.
David Robert Mitchell
Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood as him, who asks him to look after her cat while on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.
Susie Bannion is a young American ballerina who travels to Berlin to study dancing at the Markos Tanz Company, one of the world's most renowned schools under Madame Blanc's management. On her very first day, one of the students who had been recently expelled from the school is murdered. As this appalling happening does not seem to be an isolated occurrence, the brilliant new student soon begins to suspect that the school might be involved in the homicide. Her mistrust heightens when Sarah, one of the girls at the school, tells her that Pat, before being killed, confided to her that she knew and guarded a terrifying dark secret.Written by
The casting of Tilda Swinton as Madame Blanc is quite interesting, since she has played another evil witch associated with the word 'White' which Blanc is a French translation of. That character is, of course, Jadis the White Witch of Narnia. Tilda Swinton portrayed Jadis in all three live-action Narnia productions with Walden Media. See more »
The movie is set in the so called: "Deutscher Herbst", the peak of left-wing RAF-terror in 1977. This period was quite warm with fair weather. The movie however shows low temperatures, heavy rain and snow. While this was probably meant to underline the dark tone of the plot, it is historically incorrect. See more »
I'll start out with a compliment. The movie captured the look and feel of a '70's horror movie. I thought the casting was good, and of course Tilda Swintonn is always outstanding. I thought Dakota Johnson was suited for her role.
Now for the rest. There is a lot of attention devoted to art house montages and subplots that amount to nothing, and not enough development of the main story and conflict. There is a character who never utters a word, no one really interacts with her, and then she dies a sudden and gruesome death. Other than the fact she lives at the dance academy we have no idea who she was or why this happened. By the time we get to the final, climatic scene with a big reveal, we see a character who is very important, but we weren't set up with enough information to grasp the meaning of all that was going on. Just a confusing jumble of over the top visual gore. It really could have been a more effective story if things were streamlined and the focus was on building the tension. At the very end there is a set up for a continuation of the story, but based on the numbers, it's unlkely that will happen.
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