In this short film, we are treated to a bloody and sensual burlesque dance, though one with a very important message.
My limited experience with burlesque leads me to believe it is a dying art form. So far as I know, the state I live in (Wisconsin) only has one burlesque house still in operation. Yet, it seems that the connotation between burlesque and horror is growing. On more than one occasion I have seen a burlesque show as part of a horror convention, with dancers performing to songs from "Repo! The Genetic Opera" of all things.
The dance in this film, introduced by Tiffany Shepis (TALES OF HALLOWEEN), is no doubt the bloodiest ever captured on film (or performed live for that matter). And it features an important and personal message – the importance of blood and how it can "erase" leukemia and other diseases. That is, if you're willing to donate it. The short informs us that one donation could help up to three people. That makes it hard to say no. (And, unfortunately, this message has become even more culturally relevant in the wake of the Orlando night club tragedy.) Despite being quite short (under four minutes), the film looks great and sends its message in a clever and unique manner. Whoever was cast as the elderly man in the audience played his part perfectly, his expression capturing simultaneous excitement and bewilderment. This is a great film with a great message. And if succeeds in its mission of saving lives, it may be one of the more important films out there in a world of otherwise disposable fluff.
"Crimson Dance" makes its premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival on July 22.
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