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The Gravedancers (2006)

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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Mike Mendez
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Martha Holland ... Emma
Oakley Stevenson Oakley Stevenson ... Haunted Woman
Samantha MacIvor ... Nurse Jenny (as Samantha Twyford MacIvor)
Jack Mulcahy ... Police Officer #1
Jim McKeny ... Doctor
Geneva Avarett-Short Geneva Avarett-Short ... Nurse Brolin (as Geneva E. Averett-Short)
Bob McHone Bob McHone ... Priest
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Storyline

After the funeral of a old friend who died in a car accident, former school friends Harris, Kira, and Sid break into the local cemetery after dark, and after Sid reads a mysterious incantation he finds on one of the nearby tombstones, they dance on the graves. Soon, the three of them find themselves haunted by three different ghosts whose graves they desecrated. Harris and his wife Allison find themselves haunted by a deranged female pianist/ax murderer. Sid gets haunted by a child pyromaniac. And Kira haunted by a sadistic rapist. All of them turn to a paranormal investigator named Vincent Cochet and his assistant Frances to try to help them break the curse they imposed on themselves before the next full moon when they will be killed by the ghosts' wrath. Written by matt-282

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Respect the Dead See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence/terror and some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2008 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Carta para a Morte See more »

Filming Locations:

Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

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Code Entertainment See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The slim man talking to Kira at the wake is the film's writer, Brad Keene. See more »

Goofs

When the ax comes crashing through the window of the gated paranormal house, the iron bars covering the windows have disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Sid Vance: I'm not going anywhere unless something is chasing me.
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Alternate Versions

There is a DVD release of this movie, released in 2005, running 3 minutes longer than the latest AfterDark Horrorfest DVD edition released in 2007. See more »

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References The Entity (1982) See more »

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19 November 2006 | by rivertam26See all my reviews

Mike Mendez's follow up to his kick butt movie The Convent is a mixed bag of tricks. some work, some don't. Gravedancers tells the creative and original story of a group of friends reunited by a funeral. On the night of the occasion they get drunk and accidentally dance on some graves releasing the evil spirits in the wrong side of the cemetery. The spirits of a rapist/murderer, a pyre maniac and another murderer. The friends are haunted by these ghosts according to the curse for a month. And as the month comes to a close the paranormal attacks become stronger and stronger as the ghosts try to take the people with them. It's an intriguing concept and much fun is to be had with it. The performances are all decent, the story is creative and the movie is a little slow at the start but is wildly inventive and macabre once it gets going. Everything in the film is done with a winking eye so you can appreciate the film without feeling to guilty about it. The makeup is cartooned and freaky while the cgi is a little fake looking but an understandable necessity with a low budget especially in a film of this caliber. My main gripes however don't come with the film, it's more with the way it was released. You know i didn't mind shelling out 9.50 for this movie but I'm mad as heck that the film's sound transfer was messed up and sounded mono, and the film quality was amateur looking. It wasn't even fine tuned or polished by After Dark. what could've been delightfully freakish come across humorously because of the films lighting. It's dreadfully bright which kind of kills the suspense of a horror flick. The film looks like a rough cut and should have been really touched up before getting a theatrical release. Because they had a good product but ruined it with no effort at all. This doesn't bode well for their film company or the continuing success of a festival of this sorts. But in conclusion I would just like to say although not on the par of a worthy theatrical release this is definitely worth a look on DVD.


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