Horror Film Blog: Black Swan (2010)- Ballerina Thriller Filler

November 19, 2010  

Posted By Danielle Barrios

From the second I stumbled upon this trailer, I knew Black Swan has the potential to be a great thriller to add to my repertoire of adored films. Now, you may be wondering how I could possibly rave about a film that has yet to be released, but I can assure you, I have a strong feeling about this one.

Sink your teeth into these cinematic treats: the talented, flawless, and a personal favorite of mine, Natalie Portman, classically trained ballerinas effortlessly dancing across the screen, The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream’s mastermind, Darren Aronofsky, and a psychological disturbia a la Roman Polaski’s Rosemary’s Baby.

Since the film’s debut at the Venice Film Festival, Black Swan’s haunting depiction of a ballerina’s struggle with her own sanity has got critics buzzing.

Portman plays an obsessive ballerina, Nina, in a New York City ballet company. For an extra dose of crazy, Nina lives with her equally neurotic mother, Erica played by Barbara Heresy. Much to Nina’s delight, her ballet company’s artistic director replaces prima ballerina Beth MacInyre, played by Winona Ryder, with Nina for the role of the graceful White Swan in company’s season opener, Swan Lake. Nina’s rookie counterpart, Lily (Mila Kunis) is cast as her opposite: the sensual Black Swan. As rivalry and twisted friendship emerges between Nina and Lily, Nina becomes more in touch with her dark side, which turns out to be her ultimate rival.

A blog from Moviefone.com says critics and moviegoers like Mike Goodridge at ScreenDaily praise the film as “disturbing and exhilarating.” Goodridge raves about Aronofsky’s artful cinematography and even says “this dark study of a mentally fragile performer derailed by her obsession with perfection is one of the most exciting films to come out of the Hollywood system this year.”

With Portman and Aronofsky’s past works in mind, I would be more than shocked if this film was, at the very least, just a slightly enjoyable thriller. Black Swan has some serious potential.

Although I do have a slight apprehension this film might walk the lines of the horror and thrill genre, Black Swan seems to be nothing short of promising. (As a side note: if you crave a guaranteed ballerina horror film, check out the gruesomely psychedelic 1977 flick, Suspiria)

Feel like you need a break from finals or still in silent mourning about the passing of Halloween or just need one last taste of thrill before the holiday season rolls around? Head to theatres Dec. 3 when Black Swan hits the box office for it’s psychologically thrilling debut.

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