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House of the Dead (2003)

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A group of college students go to a rave on a mysterious island, but get trapped there because it's taken over by blood-feasting zombies.



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Cynthia (as Sonja Salomaa)
Kirk (as Jurgen Prochnow)
Johanna (as Erica Parker)


This film is a prequel to all of the The House of the Dead video games. Set on an island off the coast, a techno rave party attracts a diverse group of college coeds and a Coast Guard officer. Soon, they discover that their X-laced escapades are to be interrupted by zombies and monsters that attack them on the ground, from the air, and in the sea, ruled by an evil entity in the House of the Dead... Written by Midnight Hunter X

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How do you kill something that's already dead? Any... way... you... can! See more »


Action | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong violence/gore, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2003 (USA)  »

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House of the Dead  »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,683,280 (USA) (10 October 2003)


£107,045 (UK) (29 October 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Five kinds of zombies are shown in the movie: undead crew members of the "San Christobal", other centuries-old zombies, people that were killed between 40 and a few years ago, and finally the ravers that were killed no more than 12 hours ago. See more »


After Greg lost Casper in the forest, he gets chased by a bunch of zombies. He hides under a tree, but they discover him again. That's when you can see one of the jumping devices one zombie uses to bash against a tree. See more »


Simon: [Rudy and Simon just freed Greg from the knocked-over porta-potty as he runs around covered in feces]
[In the verge of laughter]
Simon: Dude, what the fuck happened to you?
Greg: I was in there and then frickn'- the banging, an the frickn' thing fell over and I was stuck inside!
Simon: You're in deep shit, huh?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits play over video of the games, from both the arcade and Dreamcast versions, begining with the famous "You must stop Curien!" scene from the game! See more »


References Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) See more »


Arranged by M. Burns / T. Brokeman / Reinhard Besser (as R. Besser)
Using the Irish folksong "Aura Lee" (DP)
Published by D.A.N. Music Publishing
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User Reviews

Wow...and not in a good way.

Ok, first of all, I am a huge zombie movie fan. I loved all of Romero's flicks and thoroughly enjoyed the re-make of Dawn of the Dead. So when I had heard every single critic railing this movie I was still optimistic. I mean, critics hated Resident Evil, and while it may not be a particularly great film, I enjoyed it if not for the fact that it was just a fun zombie shoot-em up with a half decent plot. This however, is pure crap. Terrible dialogue, half-assed plot, and video game scenes inserted into the film. Who in their right mind thought that was a good idea. The only thing about this movie (I use the term loosely) that I enjoyed was Jurgen Prochnow as Captain Kirk (Ugh). While his name throws originality out the window, you can see in his performance that he knows he's in a god awful film and he might as well make the best of it. Everyone else acts as if they're doing Shakespeare. And very badly I might add. Basically the only reason anyone should see this monstrosity is if you a.) Are a huge zombie buff and must see every zombie flick made or b.) Like to play MST3K, the home game. See it with friends and be prepared for tons of unintentional laughs.

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