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I’ll admit, I love sifting through somewhat-new-yet-not-talked-about movies & taking the risk of watching the ones I feel may be diamonds in the rough. Upon first glance, the new director Gregg Bishop’s “Dance of the Dead” sounds like just another cheesy zombie horror film with terrible acting & a loose plot. However, it is everything but that! Starring the phenomenal (& somewhat unknown) actors Jared Kusnitz, Greyson Chadwick, Carissa Capobianco, Lucas Till, Mark Oliver, & Blair Redford, terrible acting is nowhere to be found in “Dance of the Dead” & the film plays far from cheesy.
A small town is about to learn that building a nuclear power plant next to a cemetery is not a good idea. The day of prom, the flesh-eating, brain-loving undead begin to rise out of the ground & cause a ruckus. As Jimmy (Jared Kusnitz), Lindsay (Greyson Chadwick), Gwen (Carissa Capobianco), & the rest of their teenage friends fight their way through hordes of zombies, they soon realize that their high school friends at prom may be under attack by the living dead. Intertwined with stories of high school love, the teens & their high school coach (Mark Oliver) take it to themselves to resolve their town’s undead infestation.
With most zombie films, there are rarely any successes aside from those where George A. Romero is involved. “Dance of the Dead” is one of those rare few successes. The main characters are realistic, lovable, & although numerous, given enough screen-time to build a relationship with the audience. The jokes, which are hit-or-miss in zombie flicks, are all laughable; not because they are cheesy, but because they are actually funny. The actors can all be taken seriously, especially those playing the teenagers. The gore is nowhere near overdone & most instances involving gore are meant to be laughable. The zombies live up to their roles – having great make-up, well acted, & being satisfyingly hungry.
Unfortunately, there are a few loose ends within “Dance of the Dead.” Some zombies, particularly the newly transformed & those in the funeral home should not have looked so instantly decayed & had as much zombie make-up as they did on. The zombie’s being hypnotized by rock & roll music wasn’t executed very solidly either. Rock & roll does go hand in hand with zombies, so it’s ability to render the zombies defenseless is a great idea. However, it wasn’t executed well in one area: the zombies were hypnotized by the rock & roll band’s music, but not by the music at prom.
Few mistakes aside, director Gregg Bishop’s “Dance of the Dead” is a zombie flick all horror-comedy fans should give a chance. Actors Jared Kusnitz, Greyson Chadwick, Carissa Capobianco, Lucas Till, Mark Oliver, & Blair Redford bring their brilliant acting to “Dance of the Dead,” leaving the film enjoyable, the characters lovable, & the jokes laughable. “Dance of the Dead” is a diamond in the rough (at least, for a horror-comedy zombie flick.) & is proof that all films, especially the lesser known & misleading, should be watched to find such gems.
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I am currently a college student with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts & Humanities. I am transferring soon to become a Film Studies major. I love movies & I love not only giving constructive criticism on what could have been done better or differently, but having a good laugh at mistakes & where a laugh is due. I put critical thought into everything because it is always necessary.