HMM Day 18 – The Gravedancers

Last summer I took my family up to Gettysburg Pennsylvania for a camping trip. Just a nice week of camping and learning some Civil War history on what was the biggest battleground during that bloody war. Yea, I know I’m a terrible father. Hershey Park is less than an hours drive away but nope… I’m bringing them to the land of American history and some outdoor survival. I’m just like Jerry Smith, I have this drive to take my kids camping where I can for once in my life feel important. But actually they had a fun time and Gettysburg is a good place.

One thing Gettysburg is real well known for its ghosts. If you walk up Baltimore St. there are tons of ghost tours where you can experience a ghost encounter… for a fee of twenty bucks of course. One thing we did do was take a tour of the Jennie Wade home. She was this lady who happened to be the only direct casualty during the battle. We took the regular tour of the home but not the ghost tour.

At night the town develops an entirely different kind of business style. The ghost tours go crazy and there are bus loads of tourists clamoring to experience a specter. Now, I’m not a big ghost guy so I took this all with a certain level of skepticism. But I do remember going to the national cemetery and constantly reminding my kids to not stand on any ground where a body was buried. For this reason I cannot truly explain. I don’t know if I believe in ghosts or not. Maybe the bodies are just part of the dirt in which they’re buried. But something in the back of my mind just pecks at my cautious side. Let’s just say, after seeing The Gravedancers; I’m pretty happy I stick to this superstition.

The Gravedancers is a 2006 movie directed by Mike Mendez and stars Dominic Purcell, Josie Maran, Clare Kramer and Marcus Thomas. It was part of a film festival called After Dark Horrorfest, which would host a series of movies all directed by different directors. 2006 was the first year and it did continue for a couple years afterwards. The Gravedancers received positive reviews and is one of my favorites of the 8 Films to Die For series.

The Gravedancers

After the death of their classmate. Three surviving friends Allison, Harris, and Kira say their last goodbyes by going to his grave late one night. After drinking and getting too reckless, the group dance on three unknown graves. Doing so unleashing something dark and sinister that will haunt and hunt our three friends to their doom.

I’m not the biggest ghost movie fan. I mean, I will watch ghost movies and I do like a few of them. Poltergeist is great and so are a few like the first Insidious. Something about ghost movies just don’t work for me. I think it’s because most ghost movies are simply a murdered ghost that haunts a house or something. But The Gravedancers is a fun little horror movie that creeped me out. Maybe this movie plays into that looming fear where I won’t step on graves.

If I were to dance on the graves of a dead spirit that might come back to haunt me, I would make sure it wasn’t the three these people chose. No seriously, the ghosts they tamper with happen to be one of an axe murderer, a pyromaniac kid, and a serial killer/rapist. Each one is pissed and looking to kill those that disturbed their slumber. Each one of the ghosts is creepy as hell and won’t stop until the three are dead. They look like tortured spirits but smile because they enjoy the pain and agony. So they hunt their victims down and take delight in doing it.

It kind of reminds me of Flatliners. Near the end they have to bury the skulls of the ghosts in order to make them stop. But one of the ghost hunters keeps the skulls because she wants confirmed proof of the hauntings. In the end it all boils down to this pretty good showdown with a giant Voltron style ghost head. I mean, the acting is good and the tone of the film is dark and eerie. There are some pretty good deaths which will make gore hounds happy. Its 2006 CGI so it does have some rather low budget effects in some parts. But it doesn’t kill it or make it any less terrifying. One scene I loved is when one of the ghost possesses a dead body and then kills with an axe. It’s not too bad for a low budget ghost movie that not many people know. So go ahead and check out 2006’s The Gravedancers for day eighteen of Horror Movie Marathon and remember to make sure you think twice when dancing on any graves.

One Comment Add yours

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    The name sounded familiar, and I was pretty much convinced that I had seen this one. Then I watched the trailer, and things fell back into place when I saw Dominic Purcell from Prison Break. You are so right, this really was a great film. It’s been ages since I have last seen it, so it’s definitely time for a rewatch with this one.😀

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