DVD - 2004
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A young American student enrolls at a prestigious dance academy in Europe, but after her arrival there, ominous events begin to disturb her plans.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Guillotine Films, ©2004
Description: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Susp


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Mar 23, 2015

This is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento.
The DVD cover says that the killing is the most vicious murder scene ever filmed, but the scene is so unrealistic that I laughed my head off.
Far from the most shocking and hallucinatory horror movie, it seems to me a B-movie horror-comedy.
If you don't like horror films, you will probably waste your time.

Dec 21, 2014

I've been waiting for my library to obtain a copy of this for quite some time. All I can say is that I found it visually... fascinating. The premise is bizarre, the special effects are primitive, and the overdubbing is inherently cheezy but it was a very unique experience. I'm glad I finally got to see Dario's "masterwork".

Dec 13, 2014

A young American dancer travels to Germany to attend a prestigious ballet school but encounters madness, murder and black magic instead. It would appear that the school's faculty have some very nasty secrets hidden away within the institution's crumbling walls and it's up to the plucky new girl to get to the bottom (or top) of things. With its gothic chic sets drowned in dark shades of lurid red, histrionic performances, and blaring musical score by The Goblins (think Mike Oldfield vs Skinny Puppy) Argento's undisputed master work is a gloriously overdone tale of contemporary witchcraft. A bit dark at times (as in not enough light) this is still one of the best giallo horror films ever made. Argento's signature penchant for the macabre is clearly evident but this time around he couches it in pure artistry; shadowy hallways framed in stained glass, growling figures silhouetted against white sheets, and everywhere a sense of malevolence and decay. One helluva guilty pleasure!

May 17, 2014

One of the most beautiful horror movies you will ever see. The director is wonderful, lighting and surroundings are eerily perfect. Simular in cinematography to Peter Greenaway. The story isn't bad either, but the atmosphere and backdrop both steal the show.

Jan 08, 2014

I would say don't waste your time watching this. The dubbing of the film with English subtitles made a lot of the script more comic then real.

Quimeras Dec 13, 2012

This is a visually stunning yet weird movie. I think students of cinematography would most enjoy it. The “making of the film” feature of the DVD is interesting and worth watching.

Aug 11, 2011

Atmospheric. All about the use of sound and light and stunning sets. Though there is some gore, it is far more stylized than stomach-turning. The plot, however, is kind of goofy.

Aug 07, 2011

They don't really make films like this anymore. These days it's all about trying to make people jump out of their seats, and the majority of horror films these days feature an unrealistic looking cast and an over use of CGI. This is a must see for Argento fans as well as fans of the horror genre.

Jun 01, 2011

A visual masterpiece. One of the greatest films on Dario Argento's resume. I see it as his second best film all time. Although this is a horror film, it is not scary.

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Aug 07, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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Aug 07, 2011

A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the staff of the school are actually a coven of witches bent on chaos and destruction.


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Aug 07, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.


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Aug 07, 2011

Dr. Frank Mandel: Bad luck isn't brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds.

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