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Dance of the Dead (2008)

  Tags: Carissa Capobianco, Chandler Darby, comedic, Dance of the Dead, funny, Ghost House Underground, Gregg Bishop, Greyson Chadwick, hidden gem, high school, Jared Kusnitz, Justin Welborn, Mark Lynch, Mark Oliver, Michael V. Mammoliti, prom, Randy McDowell, students, underrated, Zombie Movies

Your rating: None Average: 6.5 (4 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
7

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Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Gregg Bishop
Runtime: 
95 minutes
Cast: 
Jared Kusnitz, Greyson Chadwick, Chandler Darby, Carissa Capobianco, Randy McDowell, Michael V. Mammoliti, Mark Lynch, Justin Welborn, Mark Oliver


Dance of the Dead is the latest low-budget effort that plays homage to various other films within the genre and surprisingly pulls it off pretty well. Attempting to stray from more serious zombie flicks that have been coming out recently, Dance goes back to the horror-comedy formula of films like Return of the Living Dead and Cemetery Man, as we follow a group of high schoolers, who find themselves forced to battle the walking dead on the night of the prom. So what makes the dead come to life? Well, apparently having a town so close to a power plant isn't the greatest ideas.

Despite some plot-holes, the movie manages to be a fun and entertaining zombie romp. We're given a wide variety of zombies, from the Romero-types that walk slow, and others that can run, jump, and even drive cars! Normally I frown on zombies that are able to do more than just grab, tear, and bite, but I let it slide with this movie since it never takes itself too seriously to begin with. The make-up effects were mostly practical, with only some CGI added to certain scenes..

Each of the characters presented on screen had their own little quirks that made the movie all-the-more interesting, from the tough-guy redneck and the underdogs from the sci-fi club, to the popular cheerleader, and the underachieving lead guy. I liked'em all, and actually cared whether or not they made it out of some situations. I especially liked the gravedigger, whom we didn't see nearly enough of. As for the gore, obviously due to budget restraints, we don't see a whole lot of it, with the exception of a couple notable scenes, but there's a decent amount of blood. Some jokes worked, some didn't, but the overall comedic tone of the movie was more than enough for me.

Despite some plot-holes, Dance of the Dead turned out to be a surprisingly good zombedy. The zombies and gore is decent, and the characters are fun and interesting. Worth a check if you're looking for a simple low-budget horror-comedy.

Posted on September 6, 2010 - 7:54pm | FrighT MasteR

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