Dance of the Dead

2005

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IMDb Rating 5.1

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Jonny_Numb 7

&quot;Wow,&quot; with a capital W-O-W.<br/><br/>After reading the near-unanimous venomous sentiments being spat in the direction of Tobe Hooper&#39;s &quot;Masters of Horror&quot; episode, &#39;Dance of the Dead,&#39; I had the lowest of low expectations. Additionally, I don&#39;t consider myself much of a fan of Hooper&#39;s oeuvre--save for &quot;Texas Chainsaw&quot; and the &quot;Toolbox Murders&quot; remake, his career has been sketchy, with projects often falling victim to studio meddling and financial troubles.<br/><br/>And at first, I thought it was just my low expectations that made &#39;Dance of the Dead&#39; stand out...but as it progressed, I realized that Hooper had just made a damn good episode. What &#39;Dance&#39; achieves that most of the other shows have been missing is a personalization of madness and horror. The &#39;monsters&#39; are not rubber-suited creatures or knife-wielding slashers, but unassuming tropes pulled from everyday life: most prominently, parental loss of control and the corruption of youth. Bio-terrorism, drug use, lurid sex, hypocrisy, nihilism, and the exploitation of the dead also pop up.<br/><br/>The notion of &#39;messages&#39; underlying the horror are bound to throw up a red flag for some, but Richard Christian Matheson&#39;s adaptation of his father&#39;s short story is ingeniously executed by Hooper, who employs jittery framing and whiplash edits to produce a visceral experience (I&#39;ve never seen a film simulate a drug high as well as &#39;Dance of the Dead&#39;) that, instead of dulling the social commentary, heightens it in a way that only really becomes apparent once the episode ends. Comparatively, Joe Dante&#39;s &#39;Homecoming&#39; failed because it bypassed horror and hammered us with its message, whereas Hooper strikes an effective balance between the two.<br/><br/>There are so many subtle surprises in &#39;Dance of the Dead&#39; that it&#39;s best to keep the plot synopsis brief: In a post-apocalyptic landscape, Peggy (Jessica Lowndes) lives under the watchful eye of her mother, and makes eyes with Jak (Jonathan Tucker), a sensitive rebel who runs blood to the emcee (a wonderfully sleazoid Robert Englund) of a local fetish club where the dead get up and do the titular deed.<br/><br/>For all the negative notices &#39;Dance of the Dead&#39; has received, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Hooper has created a short film that is as creepy, hopeless, and frightening as it is moving and deceptively intelligent. A true dark horse in the &quot;Masters of Horror&quot; series, highly recommended.

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Reviewed by Gafke 7

Peggy just might be the last innocent girl left in a post-apocalyptic world. Nine years earlier, Peggy watched as a rain of toxic chemicals maimed, scarred and/or killed her friends at her seventh birthday party. It is a memory which haunts her still, along with the deaths of her father and older sister Anna. Sheltered by her overprotective mother, the pretty sixteen year old Peggy works in the family diner in a town which has all but dried up and blown away. When a group of dangerous punks wanders into the diner one day, Peggy is immediately attracted to the leader, Jak, a tough but nice guy. It is love at first sight, but Peggy&#39;s hate- filled mother kicks the foursome out. It&#39;s too late though. Jak has already arranged to meet Peggy at midnight, and Peggy slips away with Jak and his friends to the forbidden and dangerous town of Muskeet, where the diseased and the dying go to party. Peggy is taken to the Doom Room, a scummy nightclub run by a sleazy Emcee (Robert Englund) who literally deals in blood. The toxic rainfall of 9 years earlier left many of its victims in a state of undeath, but when injected with fresh blood, the zombies are briefly reanimated. Hauled out onto the grimy stage of the Doom Room, the zombies are poked with cattle prods, twitching and contorting for the amusement of the customers. This is the Dance of the Dead, and Peggy will learn more about it in one night than she ever wanted to know.<br/><br/>I was really impressed with this third entry in the Masters of Horror series. This is Tobe Hooper&#39;s first foray into the zombie genre and it&#39;s a unique take. These aren&#39;t flesh-eating ghouls out for blood, just pathetic cadavers who have become entertainment in a world without cable reality TV shows.<br/><br/>The camera work is dizzying, the music is hard, cold and nihilistic and the performances are great, particularly by Englund whose Emcee is a thousand times scummier, sleazier and nastier than Freddy Krueger could ever hope to be. Jonathan Tucker as Jak is an extremely likable character, despite the fact that he&#39;s a thief and a drug addict - he&#39;s also chivalrous and heroic, an odd combination that Tucker miraculously makes work. Jessica Lowndes as the innocent Peggy is perfect, going from scared kid to world weary woman within an hour. <br/><br/>Suitably disgusting and abysmally bleak, Dance of the Dead is fun to watch and difficult to look away from, kind of like a particularly bloody car accident. I would (and will) watch this one over and over again.

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Reviewed by gavin6942 7

The writing of Richard Matheson, the directing of Tobe Hooper, the most violent music ever composed by Billy Corgan... and the legendary Robert Englund. Even if this movie failed, it would still be memorable for such a line up.<br/><br/>In a world that has been plagued by terrorist attacks (chemical attacks called &quot;the blitz&quot; if I understood the film correctly), few still live a normal life while many have gone on to a city called Muskeet where death and drugs are a part of life.<br/><br/>My only problem with this film is the way things were left unclear. To some degree, a mystery about the past helps the plot, but I was really confused through most of the movie and even after I had many questions. A film of this magnitude would almost have been better as a television series.<br/><br/>I also became a bit frustrated with Hooper&#39;s repeated camera technique I can only describe as &quot;the water ripple&quot;, which he must have done fifty times. Once or twice would have been nice, but the film was hard to watch when it wouldn&#39;t stop.<br/><br/>Anyway, the acting was great. The main character (Peggy) was beautiful and strong, a great protagonist. Jak was also well cast. Everyone else could have been played by just about anyone (which is not to say they did a bad job, this film has some of the finest goth girls I&#39;ve ever seen). And Robert Englund? Not his best performance, but great just the same.<br/><br/>I saw many parallels to &quot;A Clockwork Orange&quot;, which I enjoyed (though some might say it was a derivative movie). The bouncers in suspenders, the car speeding scene, violence to old people. I could even say there&#39;s a connection between Alex&#39;s gang drinking milk and Jak&#39;s gang drinking orange juice (both wholesome beverages for degenerate people).<br/><br/>While the film had its weak spots (the actual &quot;dance of the dead&quot; is nothing special), they made up for it with the extra sex and drugs that any good horror film ought to have. And according to my friend Jason, they greatly improved upon what was a mediocre short story (though I cannot independently confirm this).

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