Dance of the Dead (2008) | This geeky zomcom is a horror hoot


Dance of the Dead

In the shadow of a power plant, the small town of Cosa is marinating in toxic effluent that is causing to the dead to stir in their graves. On the night of the high school prom, the geeky Sci-Fi club head out to the local cemetery with pizza boy Jimmy (Jared Kusnitz) for some ghost spotting, while backyard wrestler Kyle (Justin Welborn) finds himself finishing detention again. Meanwhile, cheerleader Gwen (Carissa Capobianco) is let down by punk rocker Nash (Blair Redford) who refuses to take her to the dance, and Lindsey (Greyson Chadwick), the Student Council Vice President, discovers her date Mitch (J. Jacob Adelman) is anything but the perfect.

When the undead explode out of their tombs (no lumbering here), it’s up to this band of uncool misfits, armed only with guts and guitars, to warn their schoolmates. But first they must escape from a funeral home surrounded by zombies. Thankfully, survivalist Coach Keel (Mark Oliver) is on hand with a bomb he bought off craigslist to help the gang save the day…

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This madcap 2008 zomcom features a great cast, cool action, witty script and top-notch special effects (favourite bits: a headless Mitch chasing after Gwen; Jimmy dissecting the head of his frog-faced biology teacher; and the suburban zombies being mesmerised by Nash’s Cramps-inspired punk band). It’s geek chic at its best and a worthy successor to the loveable Shaun of the Dead. Welcome to The Return of the Living Dead: The Next Generation.

Dance of the Dead screens regularly in the UK on The Horror Channel (Sky 319, Virgin 149, Freesat 138)

The 2010 UK DVD release includes deleted and extended scenes, while the soundtrack is available from iTunes. Check out the official website (click here)


About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on May 13, 2014, in American Indie, Horror, Must See, Must-See and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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