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House of the Dead (2003)

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A group of college students travel to a mysterious island to attend a rave, and end up getting trapped there because it's been taken over by bloodthirsty zombies.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 »


Adventure | 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)  »

Also Known As:

House of the Dead  »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$10,199,354 (USA) (7 November 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jonathan Cherry burned 30% of his hand on the second day of shooting. The scene on the bridge, where he hurts his hand, was shot later, to explain the bandage he had to wear. See more »


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 »


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 »


Edited from The House of the Dead (1997) See more »


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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User Reviews

quite possibly the worst movie ever made
13 February 2005 | by (TN) – See all my reviews

This is one of the worst films I've seen. The only positive thing I can say is it was so bad that is seemed comical. First off, there's no plot. The actors appear to be reading off cue cards and do the dumbest things. Such as being chased by dead people but yet wanting to go out and look for their friends. Also the zombies were terrible, no where near as fun as any of Romero's work, who gets s plug in the movie. And the dumbest part of all was they kept showing flashes of the video game in the action sequences. Like we don't get the video game is about shooting zombies. Also, all the 20 somethings some how know how to use automatic weapons and hit a target without even aiming the gun. And the way the people die is so stupid. It's like they run out of ammo so stand around waiting to be jumped on. And when cornered in front of the house they run out of ammo instead of shooting the door open, So dumb.

FINAL VERDICT: If any of these actors appear in another film, then they've been blessed with a second chance. Definitely the worst film I've seen in years. A B-movie on cinemax is better.

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