A man and his 9-year-old daughter disappear into the swampy Virginia backwoods. Haunted by tragedy and destitution, they must both face the painful past if they are to ever have a future.
|Release Date||:||February 6, 2018|
|Genres||:||Thriller, Drama, Horror|
|Casts||:||Deena Dill, Thomas Mikal Ford, Morgan Cryer, Adella Gautier, Paul Stober|
The Ballerina is a directorial debut from newcomer Steve Pullen. Pullen also stars in, co-produced and wrote the screenplay to this film. For a debut done on a low budget, The Ballerina blew me away! I can't wait to see more from Pullen and see how he progresses in the future.
With the horror genre being oversaturated with gore for the sake of gore, lackluster to no plots, and little suspense, The Ballerina breathed new life with its revival of southern gothic horror. It's atmospheric, it's moody, it's melancholy. The tensions between reality and the supernatural are palpable and eventually blend into a delusional realism. But beyond that, is tragedy brought to life. The last 30 minutes is an emotional experience for the viewer. As the story progresses, the viewer begins to realize the actuality of the situation as the layers are exposed piece by piece. It's tragic. It's heartbreaking. But there, there's relief at the end.
This is ultimately a story of regret, forgiveness and redemption. And one done so in an artful and meaningful way.