Film Review: THE GRAVEDANCERS (2006)

Film Review:  THE GRAVEDANCERS (2006)

Oct 25, 2018

IMDb: The Gravedancers (2006)
Director: Mike Mendez
Stars: Dominic Purcell, Clare Kramer, Josie Maran

Mike Mendez’s THE GRAVEDANCERS, is one of the few 8 Films To Die For that I actually sought out to add to the library. Brad Keene and Chris Skinner’s script managed to present one of the most original and unsettling horror premises I had seen up to that point in the franchise, and Mendez and the cast managed to do it justice, creating some truly frightening set pieces.

After the alleged suicide of a friend, four college chums (Dominic Purcell, Josie Maran, Clare Kramer and Marcus Thomas), reunite at her funeral. After the service, they meet back at the cemetery to give their compadre – the fifth member of their group – a more ‘fitting’ sendoff. Tucked into a flower arrangement at her graveside, they find a strange envelope with a note inside, that encourages them to dance in celebration of their friend’s life. With a little help from some adult beverages, that’s exactly what they do.

BIG mistake.

VERY weird shit begins to happen to all four of them, and the supernatural occurrences start to escalate. Desperate to discover what is going on with them and why, the trio turns to a paranormal researcher (Tcheky Karyo) and his assistant (Megahn Perry), who figure out what happened, and the news is worse than grim.

The note was a trick, to get them to invoke a powerful curse that celebrated nothing. What it did was to piss off the spirits of the dead folks whose graves they inadvertently “Macarena-ed” on. And lucky them – they happened to also pick the graves of some of the most evil bastards ever to walk the face of the Earth. And now, the vengeful spirits are coming for them, and will not find eternal rest…until THEY do.

It’s unfortunate that a limited budget didn’t allow for the more elaborate kind of effects, that would have elevated this movie to an unforgettable classic. But for doing what they did with what they had, I thought it was damn good, and the performances definitely help, especially from Karyo, who steals just about ever scene he’s in.

If you skipped this one, because you saw one too many entries from the After Dark series that you considered “less than”, I would say to look up THE GRAVEDANCERS and give it a chance! And if you go to any funerals in the future…wait till you get home to do any ‘dancing.’


Originally published on May 22, 2016