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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
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.
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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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Three friends are reunited after the death of a fellow Chum. After consuming plenty of liquor at a local pub Sid (Thomas) suggests they go to the graveyard to visit the grave of their buddy. Being drunk they others agree and once there Sid finds a poem on the grave that he reads aloud. The poem suggests dancing on the grave of the dead and the three inebriated friends due this. A curse is hatched and the angry spirits of the graves that were danced upon begin to make reality a living hell for our three friends. Some decent acting and some truly scary ghosts save this film from a rather ridiculous plot and storyline. The silly idea that grown adults would actually do this dance, drunk or not, is stretching things as far as you can. Still the movie makes up for it with some solid scares and a touch of atmosphere. The ghosts are downright creepy and have a nasty edge to them which provides 'The Gravedancers" with its scariest moments. If you can force yourself to go where the story wants to take you, this movie has some scares in it and some fun to be had.
A solid premise, some decent twists, OK visual effects, and a very sexy
female cast. On the flip side, there's the cheesy dialogue that
alternates between unfunny intentional "humour" and almost funny
The other downside is the same thing I can say about the vast majority of horror films these days: the damn lack of colours.
At some point about 10-15 years ago it became hip to make greenish-blueish movies devoid of reality-based colours. The look of most horror films nowadays is depressing, gloomy, unappealing, and unrealistic. Dark-blue, filth-green and pale-yellow seem to dominate; other colours are a no-no. This destroys the visual fun of watching movies. Compare the typical lively-coloured 70s or early 80s flick with almost any made this century, and the huge quality drop becomes even more apparent. Hopefully, just as cheesy 80s synth-pop went out of fashion eventually, perhaps film-makers will finally realize that they don't HAVE to apply new computer software gadgetry to EVERY damn movie they make. Just because a new technology is on offer doesn't mean it should become your only bread-and-butter, while ignoring all other options and avenues.
After a drunken wake, old pals Harris (Dominic Purcell), Sid (Marcus
Thomas) and Kira (Josie Maran) pay a night-time visit to the grave of a
recently deceased friend where they discover a mourner's card
advocating 'living for the moment' by dancing on the graves of the
dead. The trio decide to do just that, but of all of the plots in the
cemetery, they opt to cut the rug on the graves of three rather
particularly wicked souls, a child pyromaniac, an axe murderer, and a
sadomasochistic rapist, all of whom take serious offence at the
desecration of their final resting places.
The Gravedancers starts out in routine ghost-story fashion, with its scary supernatural occurrences taking the predictable form of creaking doors, strange noises, and the occasional, briefly-glimpsed spectral apparition; 'Ho-hum', I thought to myself, 'here we go again'. But as the film developed, it took a delightfully unexpected turn, taking an approach that I can only describe as 'Scooby Doo' for adults, with its well realised spooks and the introduction of a pair of 'ghostbusters' (Tchéky Karyo as paranormal investigator Vincent, and Megahn Perry as his sexy Velma-alike colleague Frances).
From here-on in, the film is loads of fun, with a hugely entertaining scene in the cemetery where the friends attempt to exhume the ghosts' corpses (during which Kira is trapped inside a coffin and slowly dragged into the ground), a really creepy bit where the friends are drawn into the killers' virtual worlds (the rapists lair being particularly spooky), and an exciting showdown against the spirits in an old mansion. Director Mike Mendez unwisely resorts to a glut of CGI effects for his film's OTT finale, an unnecessary move that ends matters on something of a bum note, but even so, I reckon the film is still well worth a rating of 8/10.
This movie is pretty inventive, and it takes its time setting up the
scenario. Naturally that's important because if a film features
characters disrespecting the dead and dancing on top of graves, it
takes some effort getting the audience to invest in these people.
Therefore they get significant character focus though admittedly the lead couple receive the most focus. Kira soon gets found in terrible condition by the leads and therefore she isn't seen much under normal conditions. Actually their personalities don't stand out much although they are pretty likable characters, particularly Vincent.
The ghosts stand out from many recent ghost-related films, they have strangely odd eyes, demented grins and sometimes their limbs bent oddly (that might only have been one in particular, I'm not sure). Their attacks are based on their own crimes in their lives, giving them individuality.
"The Gravedancers" is a very story-dependent horror film, and therefore there isn't much gore, for those interested mainly in violence. There are several attacks but because the ghosts usually intend to torment their victims instead of immediately killing them, the (onscreen) violence is quite tame compared to films focused primarily on a high body count.
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