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House of the Dead (2003)

A group of college students travel to a mysterious island to attend a rave, which is soon taken over by bloodthirsty zombies.

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Storyline

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

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10 October 2003 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,683,280, 12 October 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,249,719
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Trivia

The last film to use the turn-table technique for 360° shots. The risk of actors being hurt or killed by the fast-moving camera was too high. See more »

Goofs

During the long shootout, when the characters are shown in bullet time, they are all holding different weapons and wearing different clothes than in the previous normal time scenes. See more »

Quotes

Jordan Casper: Look, I don't know what's going on here, okay? What I do know is that I got to get you all off this island. How did you get here?
Rudy: The boat, like everyone else. But it's gone, it's been destroyed.
Alicia: [Referring to herself, Simon, Karma, Greg, & Cynthia] We didn't. We came on the Lazarus with Kirk.
Jordan Casper: Where is he?
Alicia: At the dock by the beach.
Jordan Casper: Can you take me to him?
Alicia: Why, are you gonna arrest him?
Jordan Casper: Not at the moment. Right now, I need to get you all away from here as soon as possible.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Sam and Max: Night of the Raving Dead (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Fury (House of the Dead)
Music by Wyane Richardson
Words by Durron M. Butler
Performed by Black Tiger
Published by Eye of the Storm Music/Copyright Control
Produced by Luca Anzilotti & Michael Muenzing
With kind permission of Bookmark Records
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Uwe Boll is acid death to the art of directing.
19 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie has received a lot of bad press from people who don't understand what it was meant to be. One must understand that this movie was never meant to be taken seriously. It's camp, along the same lines as "Army of Darkness." AoD was silly, but funny and bad in a good way. "House of the Dead" fails to be "good bad.".

There are qualities inherent in good campy movies, most important of those being believable fantasy. One needs to believe what's happening in a movie to see the humor when a situation goes incredibly wrong. Without boundaries, the movie becomes absurd. HotD lacks any believability.

Worse still, HotD brings nothing new to the genre, and repeats the same plot twists and character reactions that many horror movies inevitably start to exhibit. For example, all too often, horror movies fall into the trap where the main characters find love amongst the gore and destruction. I don't know about you, but when I'm being chased by zombies, I wanna make out with a hot chick. Believe it? No? Then, you probably won't believe it when the characters start sucking each other's faces in this movie.

Beyond the obvious issues that plague this movie like so many other horror movies, Uwe Boll elected to add scenes from the video game of zombies being shot, randomly whenever a character shoots a zombie in the movie. Not only is there no clear rationale for this artistic choice, but it distracts one from an already unbelievable plot. Further, there are frequent and numerous examples of bad acting, and seemingly no attempts by the director to guide the actors' reactions to events... leaving the movie with no redeeming qualities. Avoid...


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