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After a night of drunken exploits, Allison, Harris, and Kira are chased and terrorized by the ghosts of a child pyromaniac, an ax murderer, and a rapist.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dominic Purcell ... Harris McKay
Josie Maran ... Kira Hayden
Clare Kramer ... Allison Mitchell
Marcus Thomas ... Sid Vance
Tchéky Karyo ... Vincent Cochet
Megahn Perry ... Frances Culpepper
Martha Holland Martha Holland ... Emma
Oakley Stevenson Oakley Stevenson ... Haunted Woman
Samantha MacIvor ... Nurse Jenny (as Samantha Twyford MacIvor)
Jack Mulcahy ... Police Officer #1
Jim McKeny ... Doctor
Geneva Avarett-Short Geneva Avarett-Short ... Nurse Brolin (as Geneva E. Averett-Short)
Bob McHone Bob McHone ... Priest
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After the funeral of a old friend who died in a car accident, former school friends Harris, Kira, and Sid break into the local cemetery after dark, and after Sid reads a mysterious incantation he finds on one of the nearby tombstones, they dance on the graves. Soon, the three of them find themselves haunted by three different ghosts whose graves they desecrated. Harris and his wife Allison find themselves haunted by a deranged female pianist/ax murderer. Sid gets haunted by a child pyromaniac. And Kira haunted by a sadistic rapist. All of them turn to a paranormal investigator named Vincent Cochet and his assistant Frances to try to help them break the curse they imposed on themselves before the next full moon when they will be killed by the ghosts' wrath. Written by matt-282

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Respect the Dead See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence/terror and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2008 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Carta para a Morte See more »

Filming Locations:

Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$321,875

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$478,535
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Code Entertainment See more »
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Disney's ride The Haunted Mansion was a major inspiration to the film, including the design of the ghosts. See more »

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When Emma is floating down the stairwell toward the end of the film, a cable or other mechanism is clearly keeping her afloat. See more »

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Sid Vance: You just can't find good paranormal help, these days.
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Alternate Versions

There is a DVD release of this movie, released in 2005, running 3 minutes longer than the latest AfterDark Horrorfest DVD edition released in 2007. See more »

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I Spit on Your Grave...Dancers
19 October 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Well, this film is often regarded as one of the better entries in the 'Eight Films to Die For' sets; but I wasn't very impressed with it. Sure, it has a handful of good points; but unfortunately the film is not particularly original or interesting and that ultimately condemns it. The film does feature a starring role for Dominic Purcell; who apparently is a star of a TV program called Prison Break, which I've never watched. So I guess that a lot of Prison Break fans have given this film a high rating. Anyway, the plot focuses on three people that used to be friends and have reunited for the funeral of another friend, who died (obviously). Anyway, the three of them go out and get drunk and then decide (as you do) to go to a graveyard, where they read an incantation from one of the gravestones and then proceed to dance on the graves. This might not have been such a bad idea if it wasn't for the fact that they were in the 'psycho section'. Anyway, it turns out that the dead don't appreciate having their graves danced on; and the three are terrorised by vengeful spirits.

Credit where credit is due; and it's due in the case of whoever designed the ghosts. Like most people, I'm tired of the Japanese style watery black haired ghosts, and the common smoke-like spectres that have featured all too often. For this film, the ghosts look more like something out of The Evil Dead (and possibly took some influence from the final chapter of the Mario Bava masterpiece Black Sabbath) and they really do look horrific. They're mostly well used too, and while the film goes way over the top on many occasions; it does feature a few jump scares that work well. However, the simple fact is that the story and characters just aren't interesting enough and the reason behind what is happening to the central characters lacks imagination. I have to admit that I didn't really care about anything that went on with the plot of this film and things only got less interesting when the whole ghost hunter plot was introduced. It all boils down to a silly ending and overall, while I really did like the special effects, this is a disappointing horror film and I do not recommend it.


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