Dance Macabre Film Details
Overview: A dance instructor brings his dance troupe to Russia for training. What his dancers don’t know, however, is that he has a dual personality, and his hidden personality is a serial killer.
Tagline: When the curtain rises, the terror begins.
Review: Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. If you asked me to describe this film I would say that it’s a crappy fan film of the Robert Englund version of Phantom of the Opera done by a middle school student with no idea how to use editing software, or their brain, and even that would be too generous. This film was originally intended to be a sequel to that version of Phantom of the Opera, and even has Robert Englund in it, until it was rewritten into whatever this mess is. First off, the story is a mess. I had no idea what was going on throughout the movie because most of it is just bizarre imagery and plot points strung together. Plus, what I could follow, was just point for point the Robert Englund film except crappier. That’s another thing. This movie had to have been done on a lot budget. Everything is just so unprofessional. The sets, the acting, the editing, GOOD LORD THE EDITING! Some scenes are shot so confusingly or so terribly that you can’t tell what’s going on. Like in one scene where a character is getting MURDERED, it keeps cutting back to the main character doing some weird dance. This kills all the tension because the character’s death is being shot poorly and it keeps cutting to something that kills the tension. The 2004 version of Phantom of the Opera did something similar but the cuts were quicker, cleaner, you could tell what was going on, and it had more emphasis on the guy getting murdered! There are a lot of scenes like that too and it’s too the point where you can’t possibly know what’s going on. Moving on to the characters, I hate them. Almost every single one. The main character, Jessica, was honestly really obnoxious but oh my lord is her “boyfriend” so much worse! Honestly, I forgot the guy’s name so sorry for that but I still have to rant about him. He is a creep! One of the first things he says to Jessica, who he has just met by the way, is “Wanna get wet with me?” What the hell?! Yet Jessica still kisses him and later has sex with him! I was honestly quite happy when he died. As for the other characters, I liked Alexander but that’s because it’s Robert Englund and he plays this character pretty much identically to how he played the Phantom. However, outside of some of the only good acting in this film, he doesn’t appear enough to save this film. There was another character I liked and her name was Claudine. She was really nice and friendly and she had a cute french accent. She kind of reminded me of Christine because of that and her curly brown hair. However, she only lasts for maybe twenty minutes. I was pretty upset when she died though so at least that counts for something. As for the other characters, I don’t know their names, don’t remember anything about them except that most of them died and I didn’t care. The same can be said for the romance actually. Okay, Jessica and Alexander interact a bit but most of it is him threatening her and I already mentioned Jessica and creeper. Honestly, the only thing about this movie I enjoyed aside from Claudina and Alexander were that sometimes, it was so bad it was funny but that was very rare. This movie is just overall awful.
Country: USA, Russia
Duration: 97 min
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Also known as: Dance Macabre,Haláltánc,Makabryczny taniec,Phantom of the Opera II,Phantom of the Opera,Danza macabra,Пляска смерти,Phantom of Manhattan,House of Pain,Terror in Manhattan