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After so many typical and rubbish 'Teen' Horror type movies lately or the horrifically gory Saw type movies (which I personally don't class as true horrors, but some kind of sick mind warp class of genre), it was nice to see something refreshingly different. This movie is by no means not the best horror film ever made, BUT its light hearted sarcasm make a nice comedy touch, whilst the scary moments are quite chilling, and the effects made me jump. Loved the story line and cast. This film has a nice 'could watch again' feel to it, especially on a dark winters night for added atmosphere. This has what I like about horror movies.... oh and Dominic Purcell is always nice to see ;-)
This film was just friggin awesome, though I think one of the few
detractors is the title, which is quite cheesy and probably turned
quite a few people away from the rental. Other than that and some hokey
"Evil Dead" animation at the end, this film totally delivers as
promised! If you want a great horror film that will have you jumping
when you least expect it, check it out. This is definitely a keeper in
my book and I'll be reaching for it when I want to see my friends
jumping too! My chief complaint with the movie is the way it devolved
toward the end and payed good homage to the the original Evil Dead film
(it's one of my favorite classics, but goes a bit overboard toward the
end). Overall, I gotta say I loved it.
Oh yeah, one other serious detractor was the second male lead; bad, bad, bad acting. Who was this guy, the director's brother? Just ignore him though, Gravedancers delivers where it promises... right at the seat of your shorts!
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"Desecrating a burial site isn't such a good idea in "The Gravedancers," a modestly budgeted yet effects-heavy horror opus. It's reminiscent of prior fantasy faves, but it's flashy and entertaining enough to win favor from the genre faithful." Dennis Harvey "However, in the end I was still more than satisfied with the result. In an era of creepy ghost girls, it's nice to see that someone out there is still trying to make good, original haunted house movies. This is a great and suspenseful horror movie which delivers both the scares and the chills. Finally, let me quote "Black Christmas" when I say - if this doesn't make your skin crawl - it's on too tight!" Slasherpool.com "The Gravedancers sure is a bloody good movie! It's suspenseful, it's creepy and it's got an original and tight story which will keep you on the edge of your seat. A truly terrifying horror flick which I strongly recommend. It might not be flawless, but if you're looking for a good time, you've found it." Slasherpool.com "An exacting ghost story wielding an old school fright mentality that works its way under your skin to do one mean Irish jig all over your nerves." Ryan Rotten, Dreadcentral.com
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Beginning as most cheap horror films do with the death of a pretty young female, The Grave Dancers lacks the opening to draw in the viewer. It's not until after the opening credits, a funeral and a reunion of three old friends that the story takes off and grabs a hold of the viewer's attention. In a drunken haze, the three friends decide to say goodbye to their friend one last time by going to the gravesite and paying their condolences. Awaiting their arrival for no apparent reason is a note atop the tombstone that intrigues them all to dance on separate graves. As the sun rises and the three friends return to there separate lives, all of them begin to notice strange occurrences going on in their lives. With every passing day getting worse, the three friends begin to fear for their lives as the ghost like scares become physical. For those of you who like ghost stories and witchcraft, The Grave Dancers is right for you. With a cast of beautiful actors, this film is sure to keep you interested till the very end.
Wow! What a neat little film. Though slightly predictable, this film delivers the goods. The atmosphere created by director Mendez is creepy and offers chills galore. Several times during the movie you will find yourself jumping about, grabbing your girlfriend, and inhaling your popcorn. It's everything you can ask for in a supernatural horror flick. As a big fan of Japanese ghost stories, this one finally achieves the levels usually reserved for Asian audiences. I've often lamented, that except for 'The Changeling', most American writers, directors, and studios can't seem to create a decent ghost story. Finally one has arrived that curls your hair. I give it a solid nine out of ten stars, and recommend this great little date movie to all true horror fans. Kudos to an excellent cast and soundtrack also.
during the weekend of November 17th-19th Lionsgate and After Dark Films
is putting on a nation wide horror event that is bringing 8 horror
films to cities across the country. there is rumors floating around as
well that snoop dogs "Hood of Horror" is also screening as a 9th film
for the weekend. This is the going to be the first annual horror fest
and it is up to you the fans to see that it is a success.
I Recently saw a promo video of The Gravedancers and was pleasantly surprised on how well it was done. Jose Marran is amazing in her role as Kirra. With a supporting cast of newer actors, the vibe of the film is both scary and disturbing. With plenty of blood and guts to make even the biggest horror fans excited, this film will make you look behind your door and closet before you get into bed.
Even though I saw a promo vid with a bit of excess footage that i'm sure will get cut out for the theatrical release, the film flowed really well and kept my attention from start to finish. the sound and cinematography is top notch which adds a bit of realism to an otherwise unrealistic film.
For those of you who are into ghost stories and witch craft, The Gravedancers is just for you. With such a short release time (one weekend and one weekend only) be sure to mark your calenders for November 17th-19th and check out The Gravedancers.
Even the director himself admits that his movie wasn't that
greatsometimes he even compares it to a joke. I'm here to say it
outright sucked, even for an indie film.
The opening scene was solid and probably the best scene in the movie. After that, you're thrust into cliché after cliché. It reminded me of those old kid's books/mini-movies, Goosebumps, but without the solid plot structure. Honestly, some of them have better plotting and stories than this. This is nothing but pure traditional horror than your grandparents enjoyed, but it isn't scary or have any true horror to it.
I respect and like the director after hearing his commentary. And it would be a lie to say there aren't some nifty death/scare scenes. But the story and the flow suck, even for amateur filmmakers. Look up Mike Mendez when he makes his next movieavoid this one with your life unless it's free to watch on TV.
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I can't believe this video was included in the "After Dark" horror
package--8 Films To Die For. Every film was exceptionally good, despite
low budgets and zero star power. This mess was horrific--but for all of
the wrong reasons. I've seen better acting in high school plays, the
plot grew more absurd by the minute, the "creature effects" looked like
a grade school papier-mache art project...and I'm still trying to
figure out if a central character's resemblance to Thelma in "Scooby
Doo, Where Are You?" was intentional or an unfortunate boo boo.
Speaking of "boo boo", kids in bedsheets are scarier than this recycled
mish-mash of "don't disrespect the graves" melodrama.
(Spoiler ahead!) And, can we talk about about the plot holes the size of a Buick? First of all, Allison didn't dance on any graves, so why were the spirits out to get her? Second, if the house (at the end) was completely enclosed in iron fencing, how did Allison escape through the window? And why was there a "Cheerwine" vending machine in the house?! Not to mention half a jaw was left unburied at the film's end...negating the "happily ever after" ending.
Yikes! Skip this film and rent the other 7--they are excellent--particularly "Reincarnation".
I was lucky enough to see "Gravedancers" at Another Hole in the Head
film festival in S.F., if you were not one of the lucky members of the
audience, keep your eyes peeled for the DVD you won't be disappointed.
For fans of director Mike Mendez, who's know for adding comedic elements to his films, "Gravedancers" is a slight departure from his previous work on films like "The Convent". This time Mendez goes the straight horror route and it works out magnificently. While there are moments of genuine levity, it never distracts from the film, as proved by the screams echoing from the audience at the Roxie last night. "Gravedancers" is a unique take on the rather stale "haunting" formula, and is full of self-aware characters in a well rounded script that doesn't send stupid people into stupid situations.
I was shocked at how great the film looked, if you held this film up next to any of those crappy bloated multiplex horror flicks starring some blonde ditz from a forgettable UPN/WB show, I think you'd have a hard time figuring out which cost more. The atmosphere is perfectly creepy and has many moments that will have you squirming in your seat. Great sound effects and prosthetics add to create some truly creepy ghosts, and probably the best use of a "floating ghost" since the original "House on Haunted Hill". It may have taken almost 50 years but at least somebody has made ghosts scary again. Three cheers for Mike Mendez.
The former friends Harris (Dominic Purcell), Kira (Josie Maran) and Sid
(Marcus Thomas) reunite for drinking after the funeral service of an
old friend that died in a car accident. When the bar closes, Sid
proposes to go to the Cresent View Cemetery to say farewell to his
friend and drink more. Once there, Sid finds a letter in a tombstone,
reads it and they dance on three graves. On the next days, weird things
happen in the house of Harris and his wife Allison (Clare Kramer), but
Allison believes it is Kira, who has a crush on Harris, stalking them.
They go to Kira's house and find her wounded in a completely destroyed
place. Later Sid calls them and they are introduced to the paranormal
investigators Vincent Cochet (Tcheky Kayro) and Frances (Megahn Perry),
who tell them that Sid read an ancient spell that cursed the trio and
brought back the ghosts of the graves from the damned sector of the
cemetery where they danced. He also discloses that Harris and Allison
are being haunted by an insane ax murderer pianist; Kira by a sadistic
rapist; and Sid by a pyromaniac. They have to break the curse or
survive for an entire cycle of the full moon when the curse would
finish, while the ghosts are getting stronger and stronger.
Yesterday I saw "The Gravedancers" on cable and I really liked this horror movie. The supernatural ghost story is original and scary, having right doses of humor and funny moments, and the acting is reasonable. This is the first time that I see the idea of bringing ghosts back from hell through the disrespect to the grave of the dead, and I found it great. This movie is highly recommended to fans of the genre. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Carta Para a Morte" ("Letter to the Death")
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