Dance of the Dead (2008) Movie Review

Dance of the Dead (2008)

2008 | R | Horror, Comedy
87 minutes /

User Score: 69/100

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Dance of the Dead Review


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.

Dance of the Dead (2008) is an American independent comedy zombie horror movie that squeamish individuals should see on an empty stomach. Director Gregg Bishop (V/H/S: Viral (2014), The Other Side (2006), Voodoo (1999)) excelled at executing this teenage zombie movie that is filled with gut-churning scenes and comedy. The movie contains, gore, bad language, teenagers, zombies, violence, sexual language/suggestions, gruesome graphic images, jump scares, frightening scenes, suspense, thrills and rooting for certain actors to disappear. The movie is 87 minutes long but is so worth it, and it was filmed in Rome, Georgia, USA. Overall, I enjoyed this movie, and it was a fun, entertaining experience that contained many goofs and minor plot holes. The film did extremely well considering they had a small budget to work with whereas teenage zombie movies with a huge budget failed.

Dance of the Dead revolves around the dead being reanimated by something from the nuclear plant and the zombies attacking students at a prom and others. Lindsey (Greyson Chadwick - Why Did I Get Married? (2007), Triangular (2014), Daddy’s Little Girls (2007)) is one quick chick. She started dating Mitch (J. Jacob Adelman - We Are Marshall (2006), Dance of the Dead (2008), The Signal (2007), Pass on Conversation (2008)) right after breaking up with Jimmy, the day before prom. Mitch is one heck of a guy; he took Lindsey to an old cemetery on their way to prom so that he can make out with her, spooky. It did not take long for us to see this scumbag being killed by a zombie that he turned into as well. What is it with kids and cemeteries? Four of the school’s Sci-Fi club members decide to play investigator and investigate the cemetery leaving one of the members to be killed by a zombie. Lindsey rescues the other three students. The movie goes on to introducing us to more people with different scenarios as they became aware of the zombie invasions, and all of the stories were nicely done. After a few events, Lindsey and a few others are seen hiding in a funeral home, yes a funeral home because there is absolutely nowhere else to hide! The group enlarges as they travel to prom and pick up random people on the way. I could not believe my eyes when I saw the two zombies kissing and eating each other flesh. That sight was the first time I have ever seen zombies making out and it was funny.

The film was exceptionally good with fantastic CGI, great screenplay, awesome camera shots/angles, good special effects, and great humor. The young actors did an amazing job with their roles and were mostly convincing. If zombies were to attack your school prom or job - what will you do to survive? The nuclear power plants being located directly behind the cemetery was a genius idea. Also, the zombie frogs in the science lab was a nice addition to the movie. Zombie fans should give this movie a try.

About Dance of the Dead (2008)

Title: Dance of the Dead
Year: 2008
Runtime: 87 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.45/5 stars from 13 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Justin Welborn, Lucas Till, Mark Oliver, Blair Redford, Michael Aaron Milligan, Randy McDowell, Christina Reynolds, Alisha Seaton, Stephen Caudill, Erin Aine Smith, Mary Ellen Itson, Carrie Keagan, Rebecca Rose, Erin Áine Smith, Erin Áine, Shawn Knowles, Philip Dido, Julia Marchese, Dylan Smith, Debra Moss, Stacey Woods, Nathan Mobley, Greyson Chadwick, Mark Lynch, Gregg Bishop, Jonathan Spencer, Chris Anderson, Roland Chandler, Mickey Mason, Kasey Green
Writers: Joe Ballarini
Director: Gregg Bishop

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