Dance of the Dead is not a good movie, in fact it's not even an OK movie .. it is, however an interesting little piece of independent film making that is just chock full of homages to far better pictures. And frankly, that's what makes it something of a treat to watch.
In the films first few minutes, not only are we put in mind of Cemetery Man, but also Carrie. Later on the viewer will, no doubt, be thinking about Return of the Living Dead (when some of the zombies cry out for , “braaaiiinnsss”) ... and so it goes.
That said, I really wanted to enjoy this one, a tale of reanimated corpses who (thanks to a nearby nuclear reactor) crash the local high school's spring dance. Of course, hilarity ensues, the nerds save the day, and the one kid (who sort of looks like one of the lost Jonas Brothers) gets the girl.
Two things that are learned from Dance of the Dead are:
1: Zombies will stop attacking the living when serenaded with an Emo-like version of Pat Benatar's “Shadows of the Night” (this will also allow our hero and heroine to dance romantically like Fred and Ginger).
2: Zombies do have a sex drive, and will literately eat each other's faces off when consumed with living-dead-lust.
One last homage really caught my eye; at film's end with the high school being blown to kingdom come, the hero and heroine engage in a passionate kiss, much like a similar scene in that classic tale of teenage rebellion, Rock and Roll High School.
Dance of the Dead was written by Joe Ballarini and directed by Gregg Bishop ... wait until it shows up on cable.