Ballerinas: A Psychological and Body Horror Study

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Whether it be creepy or tragic, the ballet is represented very well in the horror genre. The pain, blood and bruising is akin to body horror, trying to twist the body into shapes that can be frightening and powerful. But the psychological horror of ballerinas takes it to a whole different level.

  • Suspiria (1977)

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    From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tans Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Bannion senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution.

  • Livid (2011)

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    It’s young Lucy’s first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly po…

  • Black Swan (2010)

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    A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan – Princess Odette – but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.

  • Wishing Stairs (2003)

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    A staircase leading to the dormitory of a remote boarding school usually has 28 stairs, but every so often there appears to be 29. When someone steps on the mysterious extra stair, the horror begins.

  • The Ballerina (2018)

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    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.

  • Ballet Of Blood (2016)

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    Two ballerinas plan a gruesome attack on the ballet school that mistreated them.

  • The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960)

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    A troupe of beautiful young dancers find themselves stranded in a sinister, spooky old castle, not knowing that it is home to a group of vampires

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