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The Gravedancers -- After a night of drunken exploits, Allison, Harris, and Kira are chased and terrorized by the ghosts of a child pyromaniac, an ax murderer, and a rapist.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Brad Keene (written by) &
Chris Skinner (written by)
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Release Date:
27 August 2008 (Philippines) See more »
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Unrest In Peace See more »
Plot:
After a night of drunken exploits, Allison, Harris, and Kira are chased and terrorized by the ghosts of a child pyromaniac, an ax murderer, and a rapist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Fine Low-Budget Supernatural Horror. See more (127 total) »

Cast

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Dominic Purcell ... Harris McKay

Josie Maran ... Kira Hayden

Clare Kramer ... Allison Mitchell

Marcus Thomas ... Sid Vance

Tchéky Karyo ... Vincent Cochet

Megahn Perry ... Frances Culpepper
Martha Holland ... Emma
Oakley Stevenson ... Haunted Woman

Samantha MacIvor ... Nurse Jenny (as Samantha Twyford MacIvor)

Jack Mulcahy ... Police Officer #1

Jim McKeny ... Doctor
Geneva Avarett-Short ... Nurse Brolin (as Geneva E. Averett-Short)
Bob McHone ... Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Bartusch ... Police Officer #2 (uncredited)

Brad Batchelor ... Mourner (uncredited)

Lulu Brud ... Young Emma (uncredited)
Lonnie Burchfield ... Wood Chopper (uncredited)
Reid Dalton ... Charles Dunleven (uncredited)
David Lowe ... Attorney (uncredited)

Dean Lyons ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Tina Murphy ... Mourner Young Mom (uncredited)
Rod Pearson ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Chris Plouffe ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Les Puryear ... Mourner (uncredited)

Dustin Thomas ... Mourner (uncredited)
Michael Viscusi ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Mendez 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Brad Keene (written by) &
Chris Skinner (written by)

Produced by
Craig Borden .... co-producer
Val Broeksmit .... associate producer
Al Corley .... producer
Jonathan Dana .... executive producer
Brent Emery .... executive producer
Lawrence Elmer Fuhrmann Jr. .... producer
Jonas Hudson .... co-producer
Bill McCutchen .... producer
Mike Mendez .... associate producer
Mark Morgan .... executive producer
James Mulay .... co-producer
Eugene Musso .... producer
Kim Olsen .... co-producer
Guy Oseary .... executive producer
Sarah Quay .... co-producer
Bart Rosenblatt .... producer
Phil Smoot .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Joseph Bishara 
 
Cinematography by
David A. Armstrong 
 
Film Editing by
Mike Mendez 
 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Michelle Lewitt 
 
Production Design by
Carmi Gallo 
 
Set Decoration by
Sophia Madalana Martinez Moore  (as Sophia Madalana Martinez)
 
Costume Design by
Oakley Stevenson 
 
Makeup Department
Roland Blancaflor .... key special makeup effects technician: Spectral Motion Inc.
Nikki Carbonetta .... key makeup artist (as Nikki Carbonetta-Aguirre)
Nikki Carbonetta .... special makeup effects artist (as Nikki Carbonetta-Aguirre)
Aimee Circosta .... assistant hair stylist
Aimee Circosta .... assistant makeup artist
Mike Elizalde .... makeup designer
Shannon Jones .... makeup department intern
Rebecca Wachtel .... makeup department head
Rebecca Wachtel .... special makeup effects artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevin Black .... additional second assistant director
Craig Borden .... first assistant director
Eduardo Cisneros .... second unit director
Al Corley .... second unit director
Michelle Gold .... key second assistant director
Alice M. Peschl .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Christina Aldridge .... leadman
Christina Aldridge .... set dresser
Lee Clore .... set dresser
Richard Colwell .... scenic artist
Catherine Cravens .... sculptor
Andrew Crawford .... prop master
Cory Doggett .... set dresser
Cory Doggett .... swing gang
Bill Elias .... swing gang
Jason C. Endres .... propmaker (as Jason Endres)
Melissa Frye .... scenic artist
Keith Grimmett .... carpenter
Caleb Kennedy .... carpenter
William S. Lake .... carpenter
Matthew H. Pender .... assistant property master
Tim Potts .... carpenter
Ben Sakatos .... on-set swing gang
Ben Sakatos .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Sarah F. Badiee .... sound effects editor
Kevin Bowe .... boom operator
Casey A. Fife .... sound effects editor
Andrew Ing .... foley editor
Andrew Ing .... sound effects editor
Sam C. Lewis .... adr recordist
Sam C. Lewis .... foley recordist
Michael J. McDonald .... sound re-recording mixer (as Michael McDonald)
Michael J. McDonald .... supervising sound editor (as Michael McDonald)
John Sanacore .... sound recordist
Jose Torres .... sound recordist
Alex Ullrich .... foley artist
Brad Whitcanack .... sound designer (sound designer)
 
Special Effects by
Ron Berman .... special effects crew (as Ron Bearman)
Darin Bouyssou .... makeup effects technician: Spectral Motion Inc.
Diana Choi .... hair department supervisor: Spectral Motion (as Diana Yun Soo Yoo)
Michael H. Clark .... special effects technician
Mary Elizalde .... CFO: Spectral Motion Inc.
Jason Knox .... special effects assistant
Richard E. Perry .... special effects coordinator
Lisa Reynolds .... special effects
Bob Shelley .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Miguel Bautista .... digital effects artist
Chris Ervin .... digital effects artist
Chris Ervin .... visual effects editor
Lanmana Parys .... visual effects coordinator
Antonio Torres .... digital artist: Digital Intermediate, Pacific Title (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Samantha MacIvor .... stunts
Kristopher Medina .... stunt double
Tree O'Toole .... stunt double: Claire Kramer
Tree O'Toole .... stunt double: Josie Maran
Jerry Spicer .... stunt double
Patrick J. Statham .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Zachary Atkinson .... dolly grip
Dave Baney .... best boy electric
Wylda Bayron .... first assistant camera
Jim Bridges .... still photographer (as James Bridges)
Bernard Cistrunk .... grip
Mark Copeland .... Steadicam operator
Catherine Cravens .... grip
Keith Cutler .... grip
Marcello Duarte .... first assistant camera: second unit
Daniel Feighery .... assistant camera
Andrew Givens .... grip: day player
Mark Hardin .... motion control camera operator
Bob Izzo .... key grip
Wayne Jacobs .... epk videographer
Robert C.B. Kearns .... grip: day player
Joshua Keeney .... best boy grip
Colin Kelly .... first assistant camera
Jon Ladd .... electrician
Jenne Lee .... electrician
Yaron Levy .... camera operator: "b" camera
Yaron Levy .... gaffer: additional photography
Dan Major .... assistant camera
Matthew B. Moore .... grip
Soren Nash .... camera loader
Lisa Origlieri .... second assistant camera: second unit
Chris Reynolds .... first assistant camera: second unit
Keegan Sacko .... additional electrician
R. Samul .... best boy grip
Schenley V. Sargusingh .... electrician
Matthew Skala .... first assistant camera
Debbie Stampfle .... camera loader
Andy Steinman .... director of photography: second unit
Dave Svenson .... steadicam operator
German Valle .... a dolly grip
Charles B. Walker .... electrician (as Charlie Walker)
K. Shane Wilson .... additional camera operator
Toshiro Yamaguchi .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Phil Newsome .... extras casting
Randee Price .... casting assistant
Travis Ward .... casting director: North Carolina
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Martucci .... costume supervisor (as Elizabeth Anderson)
Lauren Waymouth .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Corinne Bogdanowicz .... assistant colorist
Paul Bronkar .... digital intermediate colorist
Doug Delaney .... digital intermediate colorist
C. Robert Dimitri .... post-production assistant
Kacie Haggerty .... digital intermediate producer
 
Music Department
Barklie K. Griggs .... music supervisor
Sharon Smith .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Hugh Bonner .... driver
David A. Cole .... driver
Donald Lee Hall Sr. .... driver
D.J. Hall .... picture car coordinator
D.J. Hall .... transportation coordinator
Mike Hardwick .... driver
 
Other crew
Hugh Bonner .... location manager
Norman Cabrera .... puppeteer
Fabio Camara .... location manager
Andrea E. Crampe .... set production assistant
Edward H. Daniel .... production office assistant
Minnie Duerr .... production accountant
Andrew Givens .... production assistant
Jannatha Guthrie .... office production assistant
Karen Jo Irvin .... executive assistant to producers
Joseph Izzo .... production assistant intern
Keith Kissel .... set production assistant
Michael Klastorin .... unit publicist
Kate Matson .... script supervisor intern
Dustin McNeill .... script supervisor intern
Tamra Natisin .... key set production assistant
Ike Quigley .... script supervisor
Jacqueline Roberts .... production accountant
William Stine .... intern
Matthew Storm .... production assistant
Ryen W. Thomas .... production assistant
E. Thompson .... production executive
E. Thompson .... production executive: Maverick Films
Sharon Davis Walker .... assistant location manager
Rico Williams .... production coordinator
Sidni Wilson .... intern
 

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Rated R for strong horror violence/terror and some language
Runtime:
95 min
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Trivia:
The actors met two days before shooting.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Right before Kira's throat is slashed, her nipples are noticeably erect. After the brief cut to Dominic Purcell, they are no longer erect in the next shot (during the actual slashing).See more »
Quotes:
Sid Vance:'O joyful, 'O delighted, 'O fortunate one. Weep no more, this departed son. Life's for the living, not the dead. Forget tomorrow, live now instead. This night you breathe, while they cannot. So dance ye soul on their resting spot. Read these words, sound thy voice. Revel and sing! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!See more »
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References The Entity (1982)See more »

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29 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Fine Low-Budget Supernatural Horror., 8 April 2007
Author: violetmoreviolent from Portland, Oregon, USA

"The Gravedancers", one of the 8 Films To Die For at the After Dark Horrorfest, is a surprisingly original little supernatural horror movie. The film centers around three long-time friends - Kira, Sid, and Harris. After their close friend dies, Kira and Harris show up for the funeral, and later meet up with Sid, who decided not to attend it. Wanting to say goodbye, Sid convinces them to go out to the graveyard with him, where things get out of hand after the three have been drinking, and they ultimately end up dancing around the cemetery on some graves. Unfortunately for them, they danced upon the graves of just about the worst people possible - and soon find themselves haunted by the ghosts of a child pyromaniac, a woman who killed her lover with an axe, and a sadistic sexual murderer who was the town judge. They decide to seek help in two parapsychologists, and try and survive until the curse ends - but can they?

Definitely one of the better films to be part of the After Dark Horror Fest, "The Gravedancers" is a pretty original movie that captures the style of '70s and '80s supernatural horror films. Storywise, I thought it was pretty unique. The entire idea of desecrating someone's grave and having the spirit come back to haunt you is unique, and the first time I've seen something like it done in the genre. The writing is pretty good here, and the movie was entertaining and significantly thrilling at times. It plods a bit in areas, but during the last thirty minutes things really kick in. There are a few typical scare moments in the movie though (and there are some clichés that abound), but for the most part I thought this film at least tried to avoid most of the clichéd horror set-ups, which was a real benefit here. There is actually some really scary substance here, and I was genuinely spooked by some scenes in this film. The director took good advantage of those "things that go bump in the night" kind of scares, and they are effectively used and really creepy.

As far as the acting goes, it isn't bad. Could have been more convincing I suppose, but I thought everyone gave competent performances. Dominic Purcell (of TV's "Prison Break") is our main lead, and Clare Kramer ("Bring It On" and TV's "Buffy The Vampire Slayer") plays his wife. The acting isn't bad, it's a little bit lacking on some occasions, but overall good enough. The only real complaint I have is the special effects used in the film. The strange thing about this is that they are really good in some scenes, but in others just not. The incarnations of the ghosts are leaning on the corny side, mainly because of the facial makeup (grinning teeth, large eyes - something that almost looks like a Halloween mask). I think a more subtle make up would have been more realistic. And the CGI blowout during the last ten minutes of the film was a little overdone I felt, but I'm not going to complain too much, I'd rather just take this movie for what it is.

Overall, "The Gravedancers" is a horror movie that is worth watching. It delivers a fairly original story and some really nice scares, which are always welcome. In some respects it's a bit corny (mostly with it's special effects usage), but the film is done in a style that is reminiscent of past horror films, so these things are forgivable considering that it's a throwback-type of movie. I'm assuming the budget for this film was pretty modest as well, and taking that into consideration, this movie was pretty well done. Worth a look for horror fans. 7/10.

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