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Gravedancers

A movie directed by Mike Mendez

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DANCING ON GRAVES, SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD TIME

  • Oct 26, 2010
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The Gravedancers - After Dark Horrorfest

THE GRAVEDANCERS

I was a bit surprised way back when I bought this and finally sat down to watch it, compared to the previous ones I had seen this one wasn't that bad. I have come to find that most of the films in this series are decent while only a few are really good. This one falls kinda in between as it is just good not real good but good none the less. It is actually very creative because the story line I find really intriguing. Imagine saying good bye to a friend and in the process unleashing evil spirits upon you by dancing on their graves, sounds like a good time. That is exactly what happens here and other then a few missteps this is a pretty good flick that I found entertaining.

The movie follows three friends who come together once again for the funeral of a friend; two make it there the other stays away. That is until later that night when he makes the suggestion that they go to the cemetery that night for one last good bye to their departed friend. At first the disagree but soon they all make their way there and happen upon a note, a note that says they should dance, and dance they do. Each grooves on top of one grave each it seems, thus unleashing whom ever it was they were on top of upon them.

This movie really feels like a really good made for TV movie to me, I think because of the way it was shot [especially the opening credit sequence at the cemetery]. Writers Brad Keene and Chris Skinner did a good enough job with this film since the idea behind the movie is actually pretty cool; I think the budget was the biggest enemy of this movie. Director Mike Mendez seems like he could make a really good flick if he had a better budget, this is apparent in the last third of the film. The best example of this is the Ghostbusters style large ghost head chasing the car; once again the budget must be to blame. Also the ghost of the wife beater guy I believe it is looks like an anorexic Pumpkinhead, kinda cool. But aside from that this is a pretty decent flick.

Acting wise I think the entire cast did well enough and pulled of believable enough performances. Dominic Purcell, Josie Maran, Clare Kramer, Marcus Thomas, and all the rest of the cast do good jobs on this film and pull out some believable performances even when the effects are not as good. Even the ghost's are cool in this one, one is a little fire starter maniac while another is a vicious wife beater. Then of course there is the crazy lady bent on cutting you up, or at least in that scene she was. All of them were cool and the actor played well off of the idea of these spirits. Of course like I said not all the special effects were so good, but that is a budget thing I assume.

Over all this is a worthy addition to the series and may be one of the best over all. Still it falls a little short of classic status even though it is original. I guess it will be a while before I dance on graves again, man that used to be so fun.

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October 26, 2010
Hmmm. My votes still aren't registering. I saw this one and wasn't that impresses. I hadn't even noticed that it was by Mike Mendez who DID do 2 other flix that I liked a lot more. One was THE CONVENT and I can't recall the title of the other one at the moment. They were both fairly original and I laughed enough at THE CONVENT to warrent buying a copy when I found it for $2. That does look a lot like it was inspired by Pumpkinhead, doesn't it?
October 26, 2010
"The Convent", I remember that, you found it for 2 bucks, lucky u.
October 27, 2010
after you vote refresh the page, then comment, Queenie they're working on the issue
October 27, 2010
What does "refresh the page" mean? So I'm not the only one having a voting problem then, right?
October 31, 2010
Thanks. It's nice to have a clue as to what people are talking about.
 
October 26, 2010
This had some ambition going for it but the execution was real weak. It moved too quickly that it never allowed the supposed scary parts to settle in and make an impact in the viewer's emotions. Nice review!
October 26, 2010
Agreed, the concept here was great though.
 
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review by . April 10, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****     I love me a good horror film that combines haunted-house scare-tactics with paranormal encounters with CGI ghosties; but only when it's a genuinely good show in the end. I've fought my way through countless mediocre horror/thrillers which use cheesy, lame scare tactics such as cheap jumps and gore. So why, oh why, is "The Gravedancers" that one movie that impresses me? I mean, it shouldn't have; it wasn't even remotely scary, as far as the word goes. However, …
Quick Tip by . October 26, 2010
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Imagine saying good bye to a friend and in the process unleashing evil spirits upon you by dancing on their graves, sounds like a good time. That is exactly what happens here and other then a few missteps this is a pretty good flick that I found entertaining.
review by . May 02, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: good acting and decent creatures     Cons: none for me     The Bottom Line:   "Take, take a look around  She's a pretty good dancer  She dances on my grave"  ~Velvet Revolver     Generally when school friends get together after a period of time it is a fun occasion but not so for Harris, Kira, and Sid, who have met up to attend the funeral of a friend that died in an automobile accident. As …
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A group of friends holds a drunken party for a recently deceased friend only to find their celebrations rudely interrupted by a group of ghosts in THE GRAVEDANCERS.
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Director: Mike Mendez
Genre: Horror
Release Date: November 18, 2006
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Lions Gate Home Entertainment (March 27, 2007)
Runtime: 1hr 38min
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