Dance of the Dead (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Dance of the Dead (2008)
  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 6,710 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Horror
  • Runtime: 87 min
  • Filming Location: Rome, Georgia, USA
  • Director: Gregg Bishop
  • Stars: Jared Kusnitz, Greyson Chadwick and Chandler Darby
  • Original Music By: Kristopher Carter   
  • Soundtrack: Party's Over
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Prom | High School | Student Council | Sci Fi Club | Punk

Writing Credits By:

  • Joe Ballarini (written by)

Known Trivia

  • The screenplay for “Dance of the Dead” was written in 1998, before zombie movies had returned to the mainstream.
  • The role of the gravedigger was specifically written for James Jarrett.
  • Carissa Capobianco came up with the line “But I don’t know how to shoot a machete” during her audition for the role of Gwen.
  • “Dance of the Dead” was hand-picked by director Sam Raimi for distribution through his new label Ghosthouse Underground at Lionsgate.

Goofs: Continuity: When they discover the girls hiding in the bathroom, we see George removing his football helmet. However, in the following over-his-shoulder shot, we can clearly see he still has the helmet on.

Plot: On the night of the big High-School Prom, the dead rise to eat the living, and the only people who can stop them are the losers who couldn't get dates to the dance. Full summary »  »

Story: It is prom night in middle America. Tuxes have been rented and dresses have been bought. But when the dead unexpectedly rise from their graves to eat the living, it's up to the geeks, the nerds, the outcast and the losers who couldn't get dates to the dance to save the town from the undead. Unlikely heroes will rise to the challenge as they are forced to put aside their differences and band together to fight for their lives. Armed with bats, sledgehammers, garden tools and guitars, this rag-tag group of high-school teens are in for a prom night they will never forget.Written by LG  


Synopsis: At a cemetery in a small Georgia town, a local gravedigger discovers the dead coming back to life, but he keeps it to himself.

At Cooas High School, teen misfit and outcast Jimmy Dunn (Jared Kusnitz) wants to ask his part-time girlfriend Lindsey (Greyson Chadwick) to the senior prom. But she tells him no for he does not take anything in life seriously.

Jimmy’s friend Stephen, (Chandler Darby) another social misfit and outcast, wants to ask Gwen, a popular cheerleader, but she tells him no. But when Gwen’s date calls her that he’s sick after eating "bad spinnach" she finds herself dateless, so she decides not to go at all.

Kyle (Justin Welborn) is a rebelious student and outcast rebel whom gets suspended from school for fighting, and vows revenge against everybody.

Lindsey breaks up with Jimmy the day before the prom and starts going out with Mitch, a popular football star. On the way to the prom, Mitch takes Lindsey to the cemetery to "loosen up" and makes out with her. Mitch is drawn out of the car and killed by a zombie then turned into one himself.

Meanwhile, the misfit geek members of the school’s Sci-Fi club, Jules, Stephen, Rod and George, are investigating the cemetery when they are attacked by zombies. Rod is killed and the remaining three are rescued by the grave digger who reveals that he was aware of the occurrences but kept it quiet to keep his job. He instructs them on how to kill the zombies before running off. The three get surrounded again, but Lindsey comes to the rescue. Lindsey and the three SciFi Club geeks escape in Mitch’s car.

After making a pizza delivery and discovering that a family are now zombies, Jimmy runs and finds a crashed truck with his enemy Kyle as the only survivor. Jimmy and Kyle run into Gwen who’s out on a jog, and the three are attacked. They manage to kill all of the zombies with a baseball bat. They also find a gun Kyle carried in his truck. Unfortunately Jimmy’s truck is stolen by two zombies, leaving the three of them stranged in the middle of the zombie infected residential neighborhood without a getaway vehicle.

In another neighborhood, Nash, Jenson and Dave the Drummer are in the middle of writing a new song for their band. Nash asks Jenson to leave because he’s not being helpful, and they discover several zombies standing outside the house when Jenson opens the garage door. The zombies attack, but the band members also accidentally find that the zombies like music, and they keep playing to keep the zombies at bay, but also inadvertently attracting more.

Meanwhile, Mitch’s car breaks down, and Lindsey, Jules, George and Stephen take refuge in a nearby house. Jimmy calls Lindsey to find out where she is. He, Kyle and Gwen then make their way to the house through the town sewers. On the way, they discover a substance that the power plant dumped that they believe caused the re-animation of the dead. The house in which their friends are hiding turns out to be a funeral home. Fumes from the power plant re-animate the corpses stored there. Kyle and Jimmy kill them all, but not before Kyle is bitten in the neck and dies. He turns into a zombie and the others are forced to beat him to death.

Gwen manages to run outside where she retrieves the funeral home’s hearse and the group escapes with the intent to rescue their fellow students from the prom. On the way to the school, the hearse’s tires are shot out. The teens discover their coach is still alive, and quickly convince him that the zombies will head to the prom, and he helps arm them. The group heads for the prom in the coach’s Hummer. On the way they find the besieged band and rescue them by killing the zombies while they’re distracted by the band’s music. The band then joins the group to stop the zombies.

At the school, they find all of the town’s zombies are there and that they’ve arrived too late to save everybody. The coach decides to use his explosives to blow up the school. While the coach starts setting up explosives around the school up, the schoolkids block all the doors so the zombies can’t escape. While locking through the school, the Sci-Fi club members find a small group of survivors, including the Prom Queen, and start to lead them out to safety.

The coach accidentally drops the detonator into a chip bowl. Jimmy is forced to go back for it. Lindsey follows him. They are able to sneak through the gym to get to the detonator but are noticed and attacked. Before they can be killed, the onstage band starts playing to distract the zombies. Jimmy and Lindsey dance while looking for the remote.

On the way out, the others are attacked but manage to kill their attackers, but Gwen hides the fact that she was bitten. She pulls Stephen, for whom she has developed feelings, into the bathroom. There she reveals the truth and the two kiss, but she turns into a zombie and bites Stephen’s tongue off. She kills him, which turns Stephen into a zombie as well. The two zombies kiss again and then start to eat each other.

In the gym, Jimmy and Lindsey are still looking for the detonator when a zombie accidentally pulls the plug on the band’s instruments, stopping the music and causing the zombies to attack again. While the other two hold off the zombies, Jenson tries to replace the plug. Jimmy and Lindsey are forced to hide beneath the bleachers, where they are attacked by Mitch, who has become a zombie. The two escape and Lindsey kills Mitch. The band manages to plug their instruments in and begin playing, which allows Jimmy to get the detonator.

The five of them attempt to make their escape, but Jenson is caught and torn apart by the horde. The surviving four make their way out of the school through a window. The zombies are unable to escape out the blocked doors, and Jimmy blows up the school, killing all of the zombies.

The survivors, including the small group that hid at the prom, takes a bus to a pancake house for breakfast courtesy of the coach with a plan to eat and plan an attack to shut down the power plant to and prevent the zombie plague from spreading. The grave digger also survives and is left to clean up the mess.

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MPAA: Rated R for horror violence and gore, language and some drug use


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