October 10: Dance of the Dead

movie reviews

It’s been five long days since we’ve seen a zombie (unless you count Big Ben in House, which I do not). I’ve started going through withdrawls. What’s the point of Halloween without the walking dead?

Dance of the Dead is yet another zombedy that owes a great deal to The Evil Dead and Shaun of the Dead for its success. It is a fun, campy, super low-budget zombie film that excels in every way imaginable. That is to say the blood flows and the writing is tight.

The plot centers on a ragtag group of high school misfits who turn out to be the only survivors after some unknown substances from the local power plant cause the corpses in the cemetery next door to suddenly reanimate. In addition to the dangers inherent in the snapping jaws of the staggering monsters, the unfortunate teens have to deal with issues related to cliques and popularity. You try fighting off zombies when you’re almost certain a pimple could emerge at any moment. It’s got a lot in common with the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer film, only with less cutesy dialogue and decidedly fewer vampires.

“I know this is last minute, but will you please go to the prom with me?”

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