Dance of the Dead (2008) Movie Review

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Dance of the Dead (2008)

2008 | R | Horror, Comedy
87 minutes / 1h 27min

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Dance of the Dead Plot Synopsis:

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.

Dance of the Dead (2008) Review

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.

  • Dance of the Dead Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 6.59
  • IMDB: 5.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.0

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: 3.29/5 stars from 10,733 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10,733
MPAA Rating: R
Dance of the Dead Cast Starring: Lucas Till, Justin Welborn, Randy McDowell, Mark Oliver, Blair Redford, Dylan Smith, Michael Aaron Milligan, Alisha Seaton, Stephen Caudill, Christina Reynolds, Jonathan Spencer, Chris Anderson, Erin Aine Smith, Mary Ellen Itson, Carrie Keagan, Rebecca Rose, Angel Jager, Erin Áine Smith, Laura Wiggins, Erin Áine, Shawn Knowles, Philip Dido, Julia Marchese, Debra Moss, Stacey Woods, Erin Áine, Nathan Mobley, Greyson Chadwick, Mark Lynch, Gregg Bishop
Dance of the Dead Writers: NA
Dance of the Dead Director: Gregg Bishop
Production: Grindhouse Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA