Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
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Dance of the Dead 

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In a post-apocalypse society, 17-year-old Peggy lives with her over-protective mother and works in her restaurant. She misses her sister Anna, who died some time ago. When two couples of ... See full summary »


Tobe Hooper


Mick Garris (creator), Richard Christian Matheson (teleplay) | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lowndes ... Peggy
Genevieve Buechner ... Young Anna
Jonathan Tucker ... Jak
Margot Berner Margot Berner ... Marie
Ryan McDonald ... Boxx
Marilyn Norry ... Kate
Lucie Guest ... Celia
Sharon Heath ... Gerri
Robert Englund ... The MC
Erica Carroll ... Mia
Don MacKay ... Steven
Karen Elizabeth Austin Karen Elizabeth Austin ... Quinn (as Karen Austin)
Emily Anne Graham ... Young Peggy (as Emily Graham)
Fraser Aitcheson ... Giant Door Guy (as Darren Aitcheson)
Julia Barrick Taffe Julia Barrick Taffe ... Loopy Girl #1 (as Julia Taffe)


In a post-apocalypse society, 17-year-old Peggy lives with her over-protective mother and works in her restaurant. She misses her sister Anna, who died some time ago. When two couples of punks come to the place to eat some hamburgers, Peggy feels attracted to Jak, who invites her to go out on date with him later. Peggy goes out with Jak without telling her mother, and they go across town to a dark place, the Doom Room, where the master of ceremony is the ringmaster of a freak show with dead. The MC injects blood in the dead, and they dance on a ring for the exalted audience. When Peggy sees her undead sister Anna dancing in the show, the MC discloses the truth about her presence in the circus. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

11 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Billy Corgan, frontman for the alternative metal band, The Smashing Pumpkins, composed the music for this episode. See more »


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11 March 2006 | by Company_of_WolvesSee all my reviews

Tobe Hooper's Dance of the Dead is never going to win over the usual horror crowd. Why's that? Well because it focuses on meaning, message and character as opposed to jumps, gore and kills. For those who watch a horror film just for the kills and gore, give up and go back to The Horror Channel.

"Dance of the Dead". Tells a story of a angst ridden youth of America, brought on by a total disregard for human safety by those in power. A theme that's becoming more popular in the horror genre with Alexandre Aja's "The Hills Have Eyes" remake. There are no monsters here, save for the corrupted and corroded humanity of the characters.

A true Masters of Horror episode in that it's directed by Hooper (Whose "Poltergeist" would go on to inspire "Ringu") and based on the short story by Richard Matheson ("I am Legend" and "The Incredible Shrinking Man" are widely considered some of the best sci-fi, and in the case of the former, sci-fi/horror novels around). Hooper captured some of that foreboding, and pessimistic view of that master write Matheson, although hardly to the standard that the novel "I am Legend" did.

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