Monday, June 15, 2009

Dance of the Dead (2008)

Upon its release, DotD was heralded as being one of the best of 2008. After two viewings, the only way I can see this claim being accurate is if the list was "Best After School Horror Specials for 10 Year Olds." There are many things that do work in this film, with actors that look like legitimate high schoolers, a butt load of zombies and gore, and some very funny moments. I wanted to like each of these aspects as much as everyone else, but even the things I liked felt very scripted and amateurish. The writing feels like a 'teen-edgy' blend between XYZ Zombie Flick and Superbad, minus any real scares or clever dialogue. Bishop clearly has a great grasp of the genre, and steps up the technical aspects with interesting camera work, fun gags, excellent makeup, and an attempt at a unique script despite the derivative storyline. In the end, he does pull of an impressive and ambitious effort for a small Indie film, but the look and feel of the film is completely evident of the small scale and low-budget. The acting and character exchanges feel very forced and there are many moments in the plot that are also clearly contrived. Taking all things into account from the size and scale to the final outcome, the film is a better-than-average Indie film and is worth checking out for sure. A group of teens must ban together to save the prom after it is overrun by a zombie epidemic!

Rating: 8/10.
Entertainment: 6/10.
Gore: 7/10.



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5 comments:

  1. Sorry - could not even finish watching this one.....the promo bit just sent me over the edge. :) My basement was calling me to clean it.....that is how bored I was. :D

    Maybe someday I will give it another chance.

    Cheers!

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  2. BTW - I apologize if this is so obvious...my mom is a blonde - my mom told me I could use that excuse :)....anyway, do you have a way to search for reviews on your site. I have some titles I would love to send you, but I want to know before I do if you have already seen them.

    Stupid question? Don't worry, won't be my last!

    Cheers!

    Cheers!

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  3. I can relate on the boredom, there were many times when I was ready to give up but its hard for me to ignore the effort and attempt that was made. I just added a rating for entertainment, since that ranks lower than the film's actual score ;)

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  4. Woops forgot to address the second part, there is a search bar below the Things You May Have Missed.. category on the right panel of the screen, you have to scroll a while since theres a looong list of posts each month, but its definitely down there! I cant tell you how accurate it is though, since many times the webcrawler will overlook some of the content. If there is something I havent reviewed that youd like to request or a film you arent sure if I have reviewed you can always leave the title in any of the comments boxes and I will be sure to respond =D

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  5. A lot of people love this movie and some of the guys at Bloody Disgusting think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I actually disliked it a lot. I thought the characters were average and some of them bordered on annoying, and I thought the story was so mediocre. To each his own I guess. I actually preferred Bishop's The Other Side over Dance OTD. Great review though.

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