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Dance of the Dead (2008)

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  • Genre: Comedy | Horror
  • Runtime: 87 min
  • Filming Location: Rome, Georgia, USA
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  • IMDb page: Dance of the Dead (2008)
  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 6,710 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Horror
  • Runtime: 87 min
  • Filming Location: Rome, Georgia, USA
  • Director: Gregg Bishop
  • Stars: Jared Kusnitz, Greyson Chadwick and Chandler Darby
  • Original Music By: Kristopher Carter   
  • Soundtrack: Party's Over
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Prom | High School | Student Council | Sci Fi Club | Punk

Writing Credits By:

  • Joe Ballarini (written by)

Known Trivia

  • The screenplay for “Dance of the Dead” was written in 1998, before zombie movies had returned to the mainstream.
  • The role of the gravedigger was specifically written for James Jarrett.
  • Carissa Capobianco came up with the line “But I don’t know how to shoot a machete” during her audition for the role of Gwen.
  • “Dance of the Dead” was hand-picked by director Sam Raimi for distribution through his new label Ghosthouse Underground at Lionsgate.

Goofs: Continuity: When they discover the girls hiding in the bathroom, we see George removing his football helmet. However, in the following over-his-shoulder shot, we can clearly see he still has the helmet on.

Plot: On the night of the big High-School Prom, the dead rise to eat the living, and the only people who can stop them are the losers who couldn't get dates to the dance. Full summary »  »

Story: It is prom night in middle America. Tuxes have been rented and dresses have been bought. But when the dead unexpectedly rise from their graves to eat the living, it's up to the geeks, the nerds, the outcast and the losers who couldn't get dates to the dance to save the town from the undead. Unlikely heroes will rise to the challenge as they are forced to put aside their differences and band together to fight for their lives. Armed with bats, sledgehammers, garden tools and guitars, this rag-tag group of high-school teens are in for a prom night they will never forget.Written by LG  

Synopsis

Synopsis: At a cemetery in a small Georgia town, a local gravedigger discovers the dead coming back to life, but he keeps it to himself.

At Cooas High School, teen misfit and outcast Jimmy Dunn (Jared Kusnitz) wants to ask his part-time girlfriend Lindsey (Greyson Chadwick) to the senior prom. But she tells him no for he does not take anything in life seriously.

Jimmy’s friend Stephen, (Chandler Darby) another social misfit and outcast, wants to ask Gwen, a popular cheerleader, but she tells him no. But when Gwen’s date calls her that he’s sick after eating "bad spinnach" she finds herself dateless, so she decides not to go at all.

Kyle (Justin Welborn) is a rebelious student and outcast rebel whom gets suspended from school for fighting, and vows revenge against everybody.

Lindsey breaks up with Jimmy the day before the prom and starts going out with Mitch, a popular football star. On the way to the prom, Mitch takes Lindsey to the cemetery to "loosen up" and makes out with her. Mitch is drawn out of the car and killed by a zombie then turned into one himself.

Meanwhile, the misfit geek members of the school’s Sci-Fi club, Jules, Stephen, Rod and George, are investigating the cemetery when they are attacked by zombies. Rod is killed and the remaining three are rescued by the grave digger who reveals that he was aware of the occurrences but kept it quiet to keep his job. He instructs them on how to kill the zombies before running off. The three get surrounded again, but Lindsey comes to the rescue. Lindsey and the three SciFi Club geeks escape in Mitch’s car.

After making a pizza delivery and discovering that a family are now zombies, Jimmy runs and finds a crashed truck with his enemy Kyle as the only survivor. Jimmy and Kyle run into Gwen who’s out on a jog, and the three are attacked. They manage to kill all of the zombies with a baseball bat. They also find a gun Kyle carried in his truck. Unfortunately Jimmy’s truck is stolen by two zombies, leaving the three of them stranged in the middle of the zombie infected residential neighborhood without a getaway vehicle.

In another neighborhood, Nash, Jenson and Dave the Drummer are in the middle of writing a new song for their band. Nash asks Jenson to leave because he’s not being helpful, and they discover several zombies standing outside the house when Jenson opens the garage door. The zombies attack, but the band members also accidentally find that the zombies like music, and they keep playing to keep the zombies at bay, but also inadvertently attracting more.

Meanwhile, Mitch’s car breaks down, and Lindsey, Jules, George and Stephen take refuge in a nearby house. Jimmy calls Lindsey to find out where she is. He, Kyle and Gwen then make their way to the house through the town sewers. On the way, they discover a substance that the power plant dumped that they believe caused the re-animation of the dead. The house in which their friends are hiding turns out to be a funeral home. Fumes from the power plant re-animate the corpses stored there. Kyle and Jimmy kill them all, but not before Kyle is bitten in the neck and dies. He turns into a zombie and the others are forced to beat him to death.

Gwen manages to run outside where she retrieves the funeral home’s hearse and the group escapes with the intent to rescue their fellow students from the prom. On the way to the school, the hearse’s tires are shot out. The teens discover their coach is still alive, and quickly convince him that the zombies will head to the prom, and he helps arm them. The group heads for the prom in the coach’s Hummer. On the way they find the besieged band and rescue them by killing the zombies while they’re distracted by the band’s music. The band then joins the group to stop the zombies.

At the school, they find all of the town’s zombies are there and that they’ve arrived too late to save everybody. The coach decides to use his explosives to blow up the school. While the coach starts setting up explosives around the school up, the schoolkids block all the doors so the zombies can’t escape. While locking through the school, the Sci-Fi club members find a small group of survivors, including the Prom Queen, and start to lead them out to safety.

The coach accidentally drops the detonator into a chip bowl. Jimmy is forced to go back for it. Lindsey follows him. They are able to sneak through the gym to get to the detonator but are noticed and attacked. Before they can be killed, the onstage band starts playing to distract the zombies. Jimmy and Lindsey dance while looking for the remote.

On the way out, the others are attacked but manage to kill their attackers, but Gwen hides the fact that she was bitten. She pulls Stephen, for whom she has developed feelings, into the bathroom. There she reveals the truth and the two kiss, but she turns into a zombie and bites Stephen’s tongue off. She kills him, which turns Stephen into a zombie as well. The two zombies kiss again and then start to eat each other.

In the gym, Jimmy and Lindsey are still looking for the detonator when a zombie accidentally pulls the plug on the band’s instruments, stopping the music and causing the zombies to attack again. While the other two hold off the zombies, Jenson tries to replace the plug. Jimmy and Lindsey are forced to hide beneath the bleachers, where they are attacked by Mitch, who has become a zombie. The two escape and Lindsey kills Mitch. The band manages to plug their instruments in and begin playing, which allows Jimmy to get the detonator.

The five of them attempt to make their escape, but Jenson is caught and torn apart by the horde. The surviving four make their way out of the school through a window. The zombies are unable to escape out the blocked doors, and Jimmy blows up the school, killing all of the zombies.

The survivors, including the small group that hid at the prom, takes a bus to a pancake house for breakfast courtesy of the coach with a plan to eat and plan an attack to shut down the power plant to and prevent the zombie plague from spreading. The grave digger also survives and is left to clean up the mess.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

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FullCast & Crew:

  • Jared Kusnitz known as Jimmy Dunn
  • Greyson Chadwick known as Lindsey
  • Chandler Darby known as Steven
  • Carissa Capobianco known as Gwen
  • Randy McDowell known as Jules Reiner
  • Michael V. Mammoliti known as George
  • Mark Lynch known as Rod
  • Justin Welborn known as Kyle Grubbin
  • Mark Oliver known as Coach Keel
  • Blair Redford known as Nash Rambler
  • Lucas Till known as Jensen
  • Hunter Pierce known as Dave The Drummer
  • Jonathan Spencer known as Frank Hammond
  • Stephen Caudill known as Principal Castlemoody
  • J. Jacob Adelman known as Mitch (as Jeff Adelman)
  • James Jarrett known as Gravedigger
  • Zoe Myers known as Jennifer the Prom Queen
  • Laura Wiggins known as BFF #1
  • Toby Sells known as Convenience Store Attendant
  • Brian Ware known as Convenience Store Zombie
  • Kenneth Alex Turner known as Convenience Store Victim
  • Terrie Thompson known as Jimmy's Mother
  • Emma Page known as Pizza Kid
  • Dave R. Watkins known as Pizza Dad
  • Becky Biggs known as Pizza Mom
  • Keston John known as Jock
  • Michael Aaron Milligan known as Jock (as Mike Aaron Milligan)
  • Gregg Bishop known as Jimmy's Boss
  • Preston C.S. Arnette known as Pinata Head
  • Dillan Heath known as Pinata Head
  • Will Perry known as Pinata Head
  • Kevin Goller known as Gym Decorator
  • Charlie Kennedy known as Gym Decorator
  • Dylan Smith known as Gym Decorator
  • Stacey Woods known as Gym Decorator
  • Chrissa Villanueva known as Gym Decorator
  • Steen Krause known as Amnesty International Teen
  • Chris Fedun known as Prom King
  • Anna Lemos known as Cemetery Widow
  • Joshua Childers known as Jeep Kid (as Josh Childers)
  • Sean Goulding known as Jeep Kid
  • Nicole Lane known as Jeep Kid
  • Cole LeCroy known as Band Extra
  • Jaclyn Perry-Lecroy known as Band Extra
  • Michael Mason known as Band Extra
  • Joe Ballarini known as Kyle's Dead Friend
  • Carrie Keagan known as Blonde Zombie
  • Brian James Crewe known as Spineless Zombie
  • Melissa Johnson known as Grammy Zombie
  • Philip Dido known as Plastic Bag Zombie
  • Jon Bishop known as Papa Zombie
  • Peymon Maskan known as Squint-Eyed Zombie
  • Julia Marchese known as Zombie Voices
  • Nathan Mobley known as Zombie Voices
  • Alisha Seaton known as Zombie Voices
  • Victoria Burnette known as Gwen Double
  • Dustin McKinney known as Zombie #3
  • Jodi Brooks known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Taylor Burkhalter known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • JoBeth Crump known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Amy Davis known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Michelle Garrett known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Kirstie Godfrey known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Kasey Green known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Caitlin Hix known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Laura Kelley known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Tori Langley known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Hannah LaRue known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Lauren Phillips known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Eryn Rampley known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Sarah Stewar known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Murphi Swann known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Chelsey Tenney known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Lexie Vick known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Jordann Underwood known as Coosa High Cheerleader
  • Kristen Blackwell known as Hot Shots Cheerleader
  • Katie Browning known as Hot Shots Cheerleader
  • Mackenzie Dempsey known as Hot Shots Cheerleader
  • Amanda Findle known as Hot Shots Cheerleader
  • Lauren Hendrix known as Hot Shots Cheerleader
  • Lindsey Henson known as Hot Shots Cheerleader
  • Payton Payne known as Hot Shots Cheerleader
  • Kristen Ramey known as Hot Shots Cheerleader
  • Carlos Wood known as Hot Shots Cheerleader
  • Jordan Adams known as Zombie
  • Bleu Allen known as Zombie
  • Casey Allgood known as Zombie
  • Chris Anderson known as Zombie
  • Kasey Anderson known as Zombie
  • Renonda Anderson known as Zombie Extra
  • Faith Anthony known as Zombie
  • Justin Archey known as Zombie
  • Georgia Arenas known as Zombie
  • Kay Attaway known as Zombie
  • Taylor Avant known as Zombie
  • Jonathan Badon known as Zombie
  • Jude Badon known as Zombie
  • Susanne Baisdens known as Zombie
  • Amantha Ballard known as Zombie
  • Kelsey Bannister known as Zombie
  • Katie Barfield known as Prom Student / Survivor
  • Daniel Beard known as Zombie
  • Aaron Bennett known as Zombie (as Aaron D. Bennett)
  • Michael R. Bennett known as Zombie
  • Randy Bratton known as Zombie Extra
  • Riley Brock known as Zombie / Prom Student
  • William R. Brock known as Zombie
  • Kerry Burnette known as Zombie / Prom Student
  • Frances Cobb known as Zombie Extra
  • Justin Dollar known as Zombie
  • Christa Flood known as Zombie / Extra
  • Beau Gordon known as Pickup Truck Passenger Zombie
  • Poncho Hodges known as Zombie (as Cho Hodges)
  • Mary Ellen Itson known as Prom Zombie
  • Angel Jager known as Zombie Woman
  • Brandon Knowles known as Zombie / Prom Student
  • Shawn Knowles known as Prom Teacher / Zombie
  • Cody Land known as Zombie / Prom Student
  • Raven Lauridson known as Student / Zombie
  • Debra Moss known as Zombie Extra
  • G. Hunter Myers known as Teacher
  • Morgan E. Myers known as Student Council Member
  • Jordan Penson known as Zombie Extra
  • Jonathan Reynolds known as Zombie / Student
  • Amanda Romano known as Prom Goer
  • Erin Aine Smith known as BFF #2 (as Erin Smith)
  • Whitney Sullins known as Girl in Photo Booth / Prom Student
  • Alyse Wellesley known as Prom Girl
  • Ken R. Wheeler known as Zombie #2
  • Tyler Worley known as Zombie / Prom Student
  • Roland Chandler known as Pickup Truck Driver Zombie (uncredited)
  • Rebecca Rose known as Prom Queen (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Ashley Adair known as makeup artist
  • Ashley Alvarado known as makeup artist
  • Renonda Anderson known as special makeup effects artist
  • Alex Calderon known as special makeup effects artist
  • Andrew M. Crossley known as special makeup effects artist
  • Ashley Evans known as makeup artist
  • Criselda Moreno known as makeup artist
  • Kim Palmer known as key hair stylist
  • Mark James Ross known as special makeup effects artist
  • Toby Sells known as makeup department head
  • Toby Sells known as special makeup effects artist
  • Toby Sells known as special makeup effects designer
  • Jesse Shoemaker known as special makeup effects artist
  • Blake Skaggs known as special makeup effects artist
  • Alana Valseca known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Jessica Barnes known as set dresser
  • Julia Barnes known as set dresser
  • Randy Bratton known as set dresser
  • Michael Carter known as leadman
  • Roland Chandler known as assistant art director
  • Roland Chandler known as set dresser
  • Cheryll Couch known as set dresser
  • Ashley Evans known as set dresser
  • Christa Flood known as assistant property master
  • Christa Flood known as assistant to production designer
  • Mary Ellen Itson known as set dresser
  • James Jarrett known as property master
  • Jackie Lecroy known as set dresser
  • Michael Mason known as assistant art director
  • Barbara Garvey Myers known as set designer
  • Brian Ware known as assistant art director
  • Brian Ware known as assistant set designer

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Compound B (presents)
  • Bishop Studios LLC (in association with)
  • Bleiberg Entertainment (in association with)

Other Companies:

  • Film Emporium Insurance Services  insurance brokers
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Lab 601  post-production facilities (VFX & HD finishing)

Distributors:

  • Ghosthouse Underground (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Ghosthouse Underground (2008) (New Zealand) (theatrical)
  • Ghosthouse Underground (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Ghosthouse Underground (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Eagle Films (2008) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Free Dolphin Entertainment (2009) (France) (DVD)
  • GAGA (2008) (Japan) (all media)
  • Ghosthouse Underground (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Lionsgate Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2008) (France) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Splendid Film (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Ster-Kinekor Pictures (2008) (South Africa) (all media)
  • Village Roadshow Greece S.A. (2008) (Greece) (all media)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2008) (Portugal) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • David C. Ballard known as digital artist
  • Gregg Bishop known as digital artist
  • Gregg Bishop known as visual effects supervisor
  • David Cohen known as digital artist
  • Chad Eikhoff known as visual effects supervisor
  • Michael Keenan Jr. known as digital artist
  • Wes Parham known as digital artist
  • Tim Pethel known as digital artist
  • Zack Stipe known as visual effects artist (as William Stipe)
  • Justin Sucara known as digital artist (as Justin Sucura)

Release Date:

  • USA 9 March 2008 (South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • UK 23 August 2008 (London FrightFest Film Festival) (premiere)
  • Germany 1 September 2008 (Nuremberg Fantasy Filmfest)
  • USA 13 September 2008 (Los Angeles, California)
  • USA 10 October 2008 (Indie Memphis Film Festival)
  • USA 14 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 31 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 20 January 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for horror violence and gore, language and some drug use

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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Posted on March 30, 2012 by Harry in Movies | Tags: , , .

10 Comments

  1. kmavity from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:21 pm

    I walked into this film at it's last showing in The Atlanta FilmFestival, not expecting much. It had gotten a little hype, and theAtlanta Journal seemed to like it, so I figured I'd give it a chance.What I got was a delightfully corny zombie film, on par with Shaun ofthe dead, except even more low-budget. Some of the characters wereactually reasonably likable, a fair amount of witty dialogue, andslapstick violence, plus Large amounts of gore to satisfy true ZombieFilm junkies. The film is exceedingly low budget, but in many partsthat actually works to it's advantage, such as the nuclear power plantsconveniently placed directly behind the cemetery, looking as thoughthey were pasted in there with photoshop, and fairly corny zombies.Through much of it, the audience cackled and cheered, and it wasgreeted with much applause at it's finally, plus I recognized some ofthe locations, and many of the stars were in the theater. It has manyunexpected touches, such as zombie frogs in the science lab, and somedeaths twists. Overall, I really enjoyed this film, and if it ever getswide release, I recommend seeing it.

  2. t-birkhead from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 10:21 pm

    I saw this at London's Frightfest a few days back after initially notplanning to. I'm not the biggest fan of comedic teen oriented horror,especially not ones trying to pull of the difficult zombie comedyhybrid, since many trying to do that usually mess up the tone and endup being unsatisfying to me as a horror fan. I saw this after readingthe rave critical response from a number of sites and am real glad thatI did, since this film is a whole heap of good times. The plotting isfairly standard power plant causes zombie outbreak and only the geekscan save the town stuff but this film pulls it of with a great script,nicely drawn characters and best of all, a batch of fine, fresh facedperformances from actors that are actually the age that they areplaying. Jared Kusnitz handles the goofball to hero arc of the maincharacter Jimmy Dunn well and Greyson Chadwick is sweet and funny ashis more serious girlfriend who dumps him on the day of the prom.Justin Welborn plays the token jock in nicely layered, sympathetic andfunny style and Mark Oliver is often funny as the hard nut gym teacher.As this shows, the characters are what you might expect from a highschool film, but all are written with sympathy and a deft, knowingtouch. The general course of events isn't too groundbreaking but thereare lots of amusing imaginative touches and funny, splashy gore. Thegore is very decent for a low budget production, with flying limbs,blasted heads and whatnot though I could have done with more zombieinflicted carnage. The zombies, though cool aren't particularlymenacing and more gut munching, limb gnawing and such would not havegone amiss. Early on in the film there are a few instances of cuttingaway before people get taken out and the body count among the heroescould have been higher. The film is inclined more towards comedy thanhorror but a shade more intensity would have made things even better,especially since the characters are all pretty likable and the moresuspenseful scenes work nicely. Still, these are minor complaints and Ibasically had a blast watching this. Every time I thought it was goingto lag it rallied with a good line or some funny gore or a neat idea,the pace is fast and there's a charm about the whole affair that makesit very likable. Though hardcore zombie and gore fans may notappreciate this so much, this is well recommended for unpretentious,funny, put a smile on your face grisly good times.

  3. terrencepatrix from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:21 pm

    Really zombie movies are such a hit and miss genre that you can't everhonestly watch one with high hopes. Which is why when one turns out tobe pretty damn good you are more than pleasantly surprised.

    This was just a well put together movie. I thought the direction,script, and acting were all very well executed…especially for a bunchof relative unknowns. It had gore, humor, story…and what I reallyappreciated was they gave you just enough insight and character buildup that when someone did finally kick the bucket…you know who it wasand cared. The dialog was also pretty fun to listen to. I'm a fan ofhorribly foul language…which this movie did not have…but the dialogkept me interested enough that I didn't even notice the lack thereof.

    Plot summary. It's prom time in this town, and all the teens arescurrying to find their dates. All teen categories are featured here,there's the nerds (sci-fi club), the misfits, the punk rockers, and thein-crowd (tools). While this minor school drama that everyone canrelate to is going on, a menace is looming. The town power plant hasbeen leaking toxic waste into it's surrounding town causing the dead toreturn to life. While the prom is in full swing, the dead arise andstart wreaking havoc. Naturally the first to notice are those who arewithout dates and it is up to them to not only protect and savethemselves…but to save the obvious buffet that is the teen prom.

    If you like fun zombie movies, with good lines, and gore…watch it.

  4. larry-411 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:21 pm

    Every once in awhile a film comes along which breaks new ground. Not tosay that I'm a better judge than anyone else, but just in the past yearI attended over a dozen festivals at which I saw over 200 films, so thebar is set pretty high for me and it takes a lot to make my jaw drop.Gregg Bishop's "Dance of the Dead" did that and more.

    The line stretched around the block here for the World Premiere at the2008 SXSW Film Festival — the buzz had already made its way aroundAustin, Texas. The premise is fairly straightforward. As festivaldirector Matt Dentler pointed out in his intro to the screening, "thisfilm combines my two favorite genres: teens trying to get laid andzombies." That's a simplification, of course, but it's not inaccurate.What's new here is not just the most successful marriage of the twogenres I've ever seen but the combination taking both to a new level.

    It's prom night, and the local kids are looking for dates and prayingthey'll get lucky at the end of the night. Meanwhile, something is upat the local cemetery. It will be up to a group of would-be heroes tosave the day and keep the high school gym from becoming a teenagezombie buffet. On the face of it, the idea doesn't seem all thatoriginal. We've seen some of these elements before, to be sure. Butthis is a genre film, after all, and assuming one likes zombie moviesand teen sex slash coming-of-age films (emphasis on the slash) it wouldbe enjoyable regardless. For this viewer, what sets one film apart fromanother is originality. "Is there anything new here?" I ask myself asthe film unspools. The answer is a resounding "yes." "Dance of theDead" breaks new ground, literally.

    Much of the strength of this film lies in the believability andauthenticity of the cast. Typically, one finds 20-somethings playinghigh school seniors and the audience sees right through it. In thiscase, there is no "25 playing 18" — it's "18 playing 18." These arereal teens playing teens. That, and the freshness these kids bring totheir roles, is at the heart of the success of this film. It's alwayshard to single anyone out in a brilliant ensemble cast but the plotclearly revolves around Lindsey and Jimmy (Greyson Chadwick and JaredKusnitz). He thinks he's all that. She wonders why he takes her forgranted and thinks of wandering off elsewhere to get what she needs. Weknow where this is going but how it gets there will require some majorzombie butt-kicking and Kusnitz, who was able to do his own stunts byspending interminably long days on martial arts and choreography, isclearly up to the task. Doing some damage of their own are the otherkids, all of whom have bright futures in cinema: Justin Welborn,Chandler Darby, Carissa Capobianco, Michael V. Mammoliti, Mark Lynch,Blair Redford, and Lucas Till, along with Mark Oliver as Coach Keel,who would make Stallone and Schwarzenegger proud.

    There is so much more that sets this film above others. Joe Ballarini'sscript is intelligent and respectful, never patronizing in an "I may bean adult but I know how kids talk" kind of way.' It's a big reason whyGregg Bishop is able to keep the film from straying into "Porky's"territory, which likely would have been easy to do in the hands of alesser director. Most good horror films have a killer soundtrack, and"Dance of the Dead" is no exception. "Shadows of the Night," madefamous by Pat Benatar in the 80s, is given a new treatment here whichgave me goosebumps. Most of all, though, the stunning visuals are whatwill stay with you long after the credits roll. Here is where "Dance ofthe Dead" truly shines. The scene which sealed the deal for me wasgroundbreaking, literally. To find out that what you see on screen wasall done in-camera, with no post-production special effects or CGIadded, was the icing on the cake. Kudos to the entire production teamfor giving this film the look of a big budget Hollywood movie.

    Most of the cast and crew were present for an extended Q&A during whichthe audience was treated to some eye-opening details about what wentinto the making of "Dance of the Dead." For example, it was a very longshoot — one fight scene took twelve hours — and the kids workedthemselves to the bone but it paid off and helped make this one of themost exciting films I've seen in the past year. "Dance of the Dead"truly blew me away. It's a groundbreaking combination of high schoolmayhem and zombies — think John Hughes meets John Carpenter meetsGeorge Romero. This is why I attend film festivals and sit throughhundreds of screenings — somewhere among them is an undiscovered gem,and "Dance of the Dead" shimmers.

  5. Tomici from Croatia
    30 Mar 2012, 10:21 pm

    Like I already said,this is a very good horror-comedy. The only problemis that special effects aren't the best (but that is far away fromspoiling you watching this movie). Film offers us enough humor and goreto keep us in the mood to the very end of it.

    If I remember correctly, Bishop made his first movie with only 15000 $.The movie was nothing special, but for that budget it was more thansatisfying. Almost the same thing happened with this movie (the onlydifference is that this one is even better than The other side). I havea feeling that with 15000 $ Bishop makes more than some directors with15 mil. $. At least he knows how to make a very entertaining movie (Idon't wanna think how good this movie would be if Bishop had a biggerbudget). So I gotta say: "Dammit,will someone finally give this man themoney so he can make a movie with decent special effects?!" He reallydeserved it.

    So go,take your friends,watch this movie and you will all have a greattime. Take this movie for what it is (by that I mean that this isn'tsome big budget movie,just the opposite) and this will be one of thebest prom nights you have ever seen. In the end,I would give this movie7 stars,but because of having so little and offering so much,I'll giveit 8 for effort.

  6. Darkweasel from Stratford-on-Avon, UK
    30 Mar 2012, 10:21 pm

    The story: High school kids vs zombies.

    I'd never heard of this film before today so after watching it Ichecked out the reviews section here at the IMDb and had a look whatother people thought of it. Well, it was quite surprising to find moregushing in here than the result of any zombie neck munching containedwithin the film.

    Very sorry, but it's not groundbreaking, it's not the best horror filmin years and it's definitely not reminiscent of John Carpenter orGeorge Romero. In fact it's not much of anything really other than afairly standard, low budget horror film with a standard, low budgethorror film script with standard, low budget horror film acting.

    As much as I respect the amount of work that goes into making movies,I'm afraid I don't actually care about the trials and tribulations ofmaking of the film when I write anything about it. I reserve myjudgement purely for what's on the screen. There has obviously been alot of hard work put into making this film but there's a lot of hardwork put into every movie. What you have here is a competent littlecomedy/horror film that isn't that scary, isn't really laugh out loudfunny and just about manages to keep the attention.

    Still, this certainly doesn't fall into the dreaded "worst film ever"category that IMDb reviewers seem to love so much. It's just not "Bestfilm ever" material either.

  7. slake09 from Silver Lake, Ohio, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 10:21 pm

    A high school prom is disrupted by an influx of zombies with the usualmayhem resulting. The school nerds gather to fight the zombies and savethe prom. Sort of a cross between Night of the Living Dead and Revengeof the Nerds, with better jokes.

    This small budget horror film has the usual zombies with the usuallurching, slobbering, flesh-eating behavior, and an undercurrent ofgood humor. Various sub-plots, mostly involving unlikely romancesbetween nerds and cheerleaders, are responsible for most of the jokes.The gore is standard-level horror fare, not especially bloody but withenough dismembered bodies for enthusiasts. If there was any nudity itmust have been quick because I didn't see it.

    This is an enjoyable horror film to watch with friends, there is enoughhumor and romance for both genders to enjoy. I'd watch it again.

  8. streaker1976 from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 10:21 pm

    Definitely worth a look. Good laughs (good cheesy one liners), goodhorror, good gore. I was pleased to see a lower budget come out high onmy list of zombie picks. Zombie films are a hit and a miss. This onewith the humor was a hit. More flicks like this need to be made. Idon't want to explain the plot except its a Prom Dance with Zombies.How do you survive? From beginning to end the film keeps you involved.There wasn't a dull moment or too heavy of a character build up. It wasa film that doesn't go out for shock value yet creating the B stylehorror. The CGI was fantastic with ample amounts of gore to please anyhorror fan.

  9. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    30 Mar 2012, 10:21 pm

    On the day of the Hawaiian Hula Prom, the high-school students areexcited with the party. The immature pizza-boy Jimmy Dunn (JaredKusnitz) has an argument with his girlfriend Lindsey (GreysonChadwick), who is the vice-president of the student council and wantsto wear a corsage, and she calls off their date. The outcast Steven(Chandler Darby), who is one of the members of the mocked Sci-Fi Club,invites the cheerleader Gwen (Carissa Capobianco) to go to the promwith him, but she prefers to invite the leader of the band QuarterPunks Nash Rambler (Blair Redford) to have a date with her, but herejects her invitation. During the night, Lindsey dates the snobbishMitch Cutter (Jeff Adelman), who is the president of the studentcouncil, and he heads his car to the local cemetery nearby a powerplant to make out with Lindsey. Meanwhile the members of the Sci-FiClub – the president Jules Reiner (Randy McDowell), Steven, George(Michael V. Mammoliti) and Rod (Mark Lynch) – decide to spend the nightinvestigating the cemetery using a MIT device that Jules borrowed fromhis brother. Out of the blue, Rod is attacked by a zombie and the trioof survivors runs away from a legion of living dead. Meanwhile, Mitchis beheaded by a living dead and Lindsey drives his car to escape ofzombies. She rescues Jules, Steven and George and break in the funeralhouse. Meanwhile, Jimmy is delivering a pizza and is attacked by thedead. He flees and sooner he meets the badass Kyle Grubbin (JustinWelborn) and Gwen that is jogging on the street. The Quarter Punks isrehearsing in Nash's garage and they discover that the zombies liketheir music. The three groups team-up under the leadership of CoachKeel (Mark Oliver) and together they decide to help the teenagers inthe prom. But it may be too late.

    "Dance of the Dead" is an entertaining and gore horror comedy with ahuge potential of cult-movie. The plot is not original, actually it isa combination of "Carrie" and "Night of the Living Dead", but the storyis hilarious and I laughed a lot. The special effects are another plusof this delightful film. The resemblance of Greyson Chadwick with thesweet Julianne Moore is impressive. I really enjoyed this funny filmand laughed a lot. My vote is seven.

    Title (Brazil): Not Available

  10. subtlecreep from Bahrain
    30 Mar 2012, 10:21 pm

    This was a fun film and I enjoyed watching it. I'm actually reallysurprised to see negative comments about the film. I saw the preview afew weeks ago and when I watched the movie, it was just the kind ofthing I thought it was going to be. I was actually pleasantly surprisedby the quality of the movie.

    The acting, the humor, the gore, the action – it was all balanced verywell. The film never took itself to seriously, but at the same timenever wandered off into the ridiculous. Some of the gore was just overthe top enough to add to the humor and some of the drama was justserious enough to make some of the scenes touching.

    I cared about the characters, I laughed, I was surprised by certainevents in the plot – the movie was good. True, it wasn't Shaun of theDead, but that movie was perfect and genius. This movie was fun towatch and seemed to be exactly what it was setting out to be. Everyoneinvolved, from the writer to the director to the actors to the specialeffects guys did a great job.

    I rented this movie, but I definitely plan on buying it to add to mycollection.

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