29 Nov “Dance of the Porcelain Demons” by Cat Watson
In the fairy-tale and surreal world of “Dance of the Porcelain Demons”, the wonder of childhood mixes with the nightmares of the most naive fantasy. And yet, in this short and well-constructed horror story, the director is able to never allow the viewer the idea that it’s all a fantasy.
The anxiety is built around a truly conscious and mature visual style, full of references to a certain nineteenth-century literature, in which fear is something very close, something that talk to you, to the point of forcing you to dance before you can even escape.
In this refined atmosphere, Watson stages an elaborate story, extending the possibilities of the cinematographic medium in all directions: the disturbing and fascinating dance of the two dolls is a choreography that perfectly fits the style of the story, as well as the make-up, costumes and cinematography. Everything is in the right place, and the result is this dark fairy tale with classic tastes, with a profound meaning behind its beauty. Dancing with demons, as well as a metaphor, is a reversal of the classic relationship between good and evil. Here then, in the end, the horror explodes, but only after the relationship between the protagonist and her monsters had already begun, in a frighteningly more friendly way.
A demonstration that the real ghosts are those that inhabit our deepest recesses and with which we must necessarily communicate.