Etoile (1989)

2.5 out of 5

When Jennifer Connelly arrives from America at a ballet school it seems that √Čtoile is going down the road of an Argento homage but instead charts it's own course as a Shining-like supernatural tale set around a long past production of Swan Lake.

The ballet sequences are pleasant enough viewing and the use of Budapest locations make for something a little out of the ordinary. Though this is certainly no Argento and in execution is more like the Christopher Reeve time travel romance Somewhere in Time than Suspiria.

This is a hard film to especially recommend as, although it is all interesting enough for what it is, it is unlikely to top many people's all time best horror list. It is nevertheless probably worth a look, at least once, if only to satisfy curiosity.

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