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Dance of the Dead 

In a post-apocalypse society, 17-year-old Peggy lives with her over-protective mother and works in her restaurant. She misses her sister Anna, who died some time ago. When two couples of ... See full summary »

Director:

Tobe Hooper

Writers:

Mick Garris (creator), Richard Christian Matheson (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Anne Graham ... Young Peggy (as Emily Graham)
Genevieve Buechner ... Young Anna
Margot Berner Margot Berner ... Marie
Marilyn Norry ... Kate
Sharon Heath ... Gerri
Jessica Lowndes ... Peggy
Robert Englund ... The MC
Ryan McDonald ... Boxx
Jonathan Tucker ... Jak
Don MacKay ... Steven
Karen Elizabeth Austin Karen Elizabeth Austin ... Quinn (as Karen Austin)
Lucie Guest ... Celia
Erica Carroll ... Mia
Fraser Aitcheson ... Giant Door Guy (as Darren Aitcheson)
Julia Barrick Taffe Julia Barrick Taffe ... Loopy Girl #1 (as Julia Taffe)
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In a post-apocalypse society, 17-year-old Peggy lives with her over-protective mother and works in her restaurant. She misses her sister Anna, who died some time ago. When two couples of punks come to the place to eat some hamburgers, Peggy feels attracted to Jak, who invites her to go out on date with him later. Peggy goes out with Jak without telling her mother, and they go across town to a dark place, the Doom Room, where the master of ceremony is the ringmaster of a freak show with dead. The MC injects blood in the dead, and they dance on a ring for the exalted audience. When Peggy sees her undead sister Anna dancing in the show, the MC discloses the truth about her presence in the circus. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Horror

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Quotes

M.C.: Let me caution those of you whose nerves are not what they used to be - get the fuck out now!
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Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014) See more »

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At Least You Bought Her Flowers
performed by Fall River
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Disappointing Episode From Hooper

Tobe Hooper certainly deserves his reputation as a 'Master Of Horror', especially for his masterpiece, "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" of 1974, but also for a few other films, such as "Eaten Alive" (1977) and "Salem's Lot" (1979), that certainly couldn't come up to the brilliance of TCM, but definitely were interesting Horror films. His first contribution to the "Masters Of Horror" series, the third Episode, "Dance Of The Dead", however, turned out to be a minor disappointment. The episode is certainly not entirely bad, it has some atmosphere and is very creepy at times, but it simply lacks an adequate structure of storytelling.

The story, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic America, sometime in the near future when the majority of Americans have died in a terrible war, and the anarchistic conditions only allow the strong to survive. One of the most popular gathering points for the drug addicted youths who rule the streets, is the macabre 'Doom-Room' hosted by an eerie creep named 'The M.C.' (Horror icon Robert Englund). 16-year-old Peggy (Jessica Lowndes) runs a little restaurant with her protective mother (Marilyn Norry). Peggy is fascinated when a young hoodlum named Jak (Jonathan Tucker) shows up in the restaurant with his no-good friends one day...

The movie has some good moments, Robert Englund is creepy as hell and Jessica Lowndes as well as Marilyn Norry deliver good performances. I couldn't ignore the fact, however, that director Hooper was obviously more interested to make the episode look as 'cooool' as possible, and focused on effects and visuals rather than on telling the story, which makes the episode look like a 1-hour video clip. Over all I was disappointed with "Dance Of The Dead", although I admit it was macabre and entertaining at times and has some qualities. 5/10


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