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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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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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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,683,280 (USA) (12 October 2003)

Gross:

$10,249,719 (USA)
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Trivia

Thirty-two video clips from the original game appear in several parts of the movie. Twenty-six appear during the 10-minute battle in front of the house. The remaining 6 are used as transitions prior to the battle. See more »

Goofs

Several zombies make spectacular leaps. In several scenes, most notably the ten-minute shoot out in the graveyard, the spring catapult used to launch the stuntman is visible, launching the zombie into the air. See more »

Quotes

Jordan Casper: [after the crate is open] What else you got in there besides smokes, Victor? Anything useful?
Capt. Victor Kirk: Well, let me introduce you to my little friend.
[Moves cigars out of the way to reveal an arsenal of weapons]
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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 »


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This Is Real
Written by Andrew Farriss / Clive Young
Performed by Rey Thomas
Published by Warner Chappell Music Publishing/Universal Music Publishing
With kind permission of adMUSIC Holger Müller/ZYX Music
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Jürgen Prochnow, what happened?
23 January 2004 | by (la) – See all my reviews

Holy smokes, was this movie bad or what? I mean, the absolute worst direction I can remember in a film. We see people running through a forest, quick shots of a zombie's face by a tree, more shots of people running, a shot of a video game, a shadow of someone running and then a shot of another zombie by a tree. What the heck is going on?

The last zombie movie I saw that was this bad was "The Dead Hate the Living" which was, surprise, written by the same guy, Dave Parker, who has absolutely no business writing films. Just a terrible, terrible writer. I mean, with great lines like "let's face it, we're dealing with zombies here," you'd think the producers would have caught on.

And like Parker's last effort, we get references to other zombie films, which when made by awful filmmakers, only makes the film more stupid. One idiot in the movie makes a reference to the Romero zombie trilogy, which has nothing to do with anything, except that apparently the zombies in this movie have seen the Romero films because the only way to kill them is just like the Romero zombies, a shot to the head. Kind of takes away the mystic of the film when you're making references to movies that your movie follows the rules from.

Of course, if George Romero ever saw this film, he'd laugh his butt off at how awful it is. And this stupid quick cuts to video games shots. Hey, I don't play video games so I don't know anything about the game this movie is based on, but you want your movie to play to a wide audience, not the select few who are familiar with the video game. It did nothing but remind the viewer they're watching an awful movie.

And sadly, Jurgen Prochnow, what happened to your career? This is the guy who is in one of the greatest war films of all time, Das Boot, now playing dumb roles in dumb movies not even worthy of straight-to-video fare. How sad (although the U-boat line did make me laugh).

Now will people stop giving Dave Parker work? The only movies this guy should be involved with are the ones at the video store he's the manager of.


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