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House of the Dead -- It's spring break and these college kids just want to party. When they charter a boat to take them to a rave on a nearby island, they find it completely deserted, except for the bloodthirsty zombies that have taken it over.
House of the Dead -- A group of teens arrive on an island for a rave--only to discover the island has been taken over by zombies. The group takes refuge in a house where they try to survive the night.
House of the Dead -- A group of teens arrive on an island for a rave--only to discover the island has been taken over by zombies. The group takes refuge in a house where they try to survive the night.
House of the Dead -- A group of teens arrive on an island for a rave--only to discover the island has been taken over by zombies. The group takes refuge in a house where they try to survive the night.


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jonathan Cherry ... Rudy

Tyron Leitso ... Simon

Clint Howard ... Salish

Ona Grauer ... Alicia

Ellie Cornell ... Casper

Will Sanderson ... Greg

Enuka Okuma ... Karma

Kira Clavell ... Liberty

Sonya Salomaa ... Cynthia (as Sonja Salomaa)

Michael Eklund ... Hugh

David Palffy ... Castillo

Jürgen Prochnow ... Kirk (as Jurgen Prochnow)

Steve Byers ... Matt

Erica Durance ... Johanna (as Erica Parker)

Birgit Stein ... Lena

Jay Brazeau ... Captain

Adam Harrington ... Rogan (as Adam Herrington)

Colin Lawrence ... G
Ben Derrick ... McGivers

Elisabeth Rosen ... Skye (as Elizabeth Rosen)
Bif Naked ... DJ
Penny Phang ... Tyranny

Kris Pope ... Raver

Mashiah Vaughn-Hulbert ... Flashing Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Kriozere ... V.I.P. Zombie (uncredited)
Christoph Nuehlen ... Zombie (uncredited)
Anthony Timpone ... Zombie (uncredited)

Directed by
Uwe Boll 
Writing credits
Mark A. Altman (story) (as Mark Altman) &
Dan Bates (story)

Dave Parker (screenplay) &
Mark A. Altman (screenplay) (as Mark Altman)

Produced by
Mark A. Altman .... executive producer
Dan Bates .... executive producer
Uwe Boll .... producer
Dan Clarke .... line producer
Mark Gottwald .... executive producer
Wolfgang Herold .... producer
Daniel S. Kletzky .... executive producer (as Daniel Kletzky)
Christoph Nuehlen .... producer: behind-the-scenes
Michael Roesch .... co-executive producer
Dan Sales .... associate producer
Philip Selkirk .... associate producer
Jonathan Shore .... associate producer
Max Wanko .... associate producer
Shawn Williamson .... producer
Original Music by
Reinhard Besser 
Cinematography by
Mathias Neumann (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David M. Richardson  (as David Richardson)
Casting by
Maureen Webb 
Production Design by
Art Direction by
Peter Stratford 
Set Decoration by
Ide Foyle (key set decorator)
Costume Design by
Lorraine Carson 
Makeup Department
Chauney Bawlf .... special makeup effects: graphic illustrator, WCT Productions (as Chauny Bawlf)
Patrick Baxter .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions
Chris Bellamy .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions
Christopher Clark .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions (as Chris Clark)
Terri Diane .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions
Catherine Gaulin .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions
Sylvie Godin .... assistant makeup artist
Rachel Griffin .... special makeup effects: graphic illustrator, WCT Productions
Bruce Houston .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions
Howard Lau .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions
Keith Lau .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions
Richard Marmion .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions
J.P. Mass .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions (as Jarrett P. Mass)
Rob Miller .... contact lens technician: WCT Productions
Beverly Moncrief .... contact lens technician: WCT Productions
Yukiyo Okajima .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions
Brad Proctor .... special makeup effects artist: WCT Productions
Jamie Salmon .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions
Jackie K. Seo .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions (as Jakie K. Seo)
Andrea Simpson .... hair stylist
Daniella Sosa .... special makeup effects: graphic illustrator, WCT Productions
Vicki Syskakis .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions (as Vicky Syskakis)
Bill Terezakis .... prosthetics supervisor: WCT Productions
Maureen Terezakis .... prosthetics coordinator: WCT Productions
Heather Tillson .... assistant hair stylist (as Heather Barreca)
Monique Venier .... special makeup effects artist: WCT Productions
Christian Waddell .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions
Yvonne Weber .... makeup artist
Vince Yoshida .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions
Shane Zander .... prosthetic effects technician: WCT Productions
Harlow MacFarlane .... special makeup effects artist: WCT Productions (uncredited)
Production Management
Dan Clarke .... production manager
Scott Graham .... unit manager
Jonathan Shore .... post-production supervisor: Vancouver
Heike Wielk .... post-production supervisor: Germany
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dean Choe .... second unit director
Rob Duncan .... second assistant director (as Robert Duncan)
Robyn Gelka .... third assistant director
Bryan C. Knight .... first assistant director (as Bryan Knight)
Robert Lee .... second unit director
Trevor McWhinney .... trainee assistant director (as Trevor Mcwhinney)
Kevin Leslie .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Bryan Anderson .... on-set dresser
Tara Arnett .... assistant art director
Justin Bishop .... lead props
Madonna Blunt .... paint lead hand
Terry Ewasiuk .... set decoration buyer
Leesa Hanna .... assistant set decorator
Chris Hehn .... lead carpenter
Mervyn Hope .... construction coordinator
Sean Lambert .... construction first aid
Sean Lambert .... scenic carpenter
Stefan Lochmann .... storyboard artist
Mike Marsten .... set dresser
John McIntosh .... key greensperson (as John Mckintosh)
Mark Prior .... lead dresser
Barry Rennie .... head carpenter
Sigrid Spade .... set dresser
Nevin Swain .... props buyer
Jamie Tardiff .... paint coordinator
Hans Ter Horst .... property master
Sound Department
Heike Ast .... sound editor
Richard Calistan .... adr mixer: Toronto
Alfonso Calvo .... adr mixer: Los Angeles (as Alphonso Calvo)
Mark Daues .... assistant sound editor
Eddie Dog .... additional zombie sounds
Jörg Elsner .... sound designer (as Joerg Elsner)
Tobias Fleig .... sound re-recording mixer
Sebastian Franke .... sound editor
Bernhard Frantsits .... assistant sound editor
Antonia Fuchs .... assistant sound supervisor
Wolfgang Herold .... sound supervisor
Deni King .... adr supervisor: Los Angeles
Yumiko Konomi .... sound editor
Dirk Kurock .... sound editor
Martin Lacroix .... boom operator (as Marty Lacroix)
Bruno Nellessen .... sound consultant: DTS
Roland Platz .... foley mixer
Roland Platz .... foley supervisor
Beth Powder .... boom operator
David M. Richardson .... adr supervisor: Vancouver (as David Richardson)
Peter Roigk .... foley artist
Ben Schmitt .... re-recording projectionist
David Shea .... adr mixer: Vancouver
Jonathan Shore .... adr supervisor: Vancouver
Daniela Szentgrothy .... assistant post-production supervisor
William Unrau .... sound assistant (as Will Unrau)
Max Wanko .... supervising sound editor
Christine Watson .... adr supervisor: Toronto
Michael T. Williamson .... sound mixer (as Michael Williamson)
Fritz A. Wollner .... sound editor (as F. A. Wollner)
Alek Bromke .... adr recordist: Toronto (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jeffrey Butterworth .... special effects lead hand (as Jeff Butterworth)
Phil Davis .... special effects technician (as Phil Davies)
Alain de Zilva .... special effects contact lens artist: EYETECH Optics
Doug de Zilva .... president: EYETECH Optics, Canada
James Franchuk .... special effects technician
Kurt Jackson .... special effects lead hand
Eric Milner .... special effects
John Reynolds .... special effects first assistant
Vance Vegas Salvalaggio .... special effects technician (as Vance Vagas-Salalaggio)
John Sleep .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Matthias Albrecht .... digital film editor
Thorsten Binte .... 3D artist
Paul Cormack .... visual effects supervisor: The Big Freeze
Constanze Daniel .... compositing trainee
Kay Delventhal .... 3D artist
Erich Eder .... Inferno artist: TVT
Mike 'Fuzzy' Ellis .... vice president: visual effects and digital film (as Mike Ellis)
Christian Haas .... visual effects assistant set supervisor
Stephan Haase .... 3D artist
Thomas Haegele .... visual effects executive consultant
Dietrich Hasse .... 3D artist
Cathleen Klein .... compositing artist
Yumiko Konomi .... assistant visual effects supervisor
Thomas Lautenbach .... 3D artist
Dietmar Lump .... visual effects executive producer: Elektrofilm (as Dittmar Lumpp)
Chad Malbon .... digital film coordinator
Olaf Meyer .... 3D artist
Frank Mueller .... 3D artist
Eric Myles .... supervising digital film technician
Benc Orpak .... 3D artist
Andrew Pascoe .... digital film technician
Markus Prinz .... compositing artist
Sylvia Rößler .... compositing artist (as Sylvia Roessler)
Tillman Schmidt-Kärner .... visual effects producer (as Tillman Schmidt-Kaerner)
Jens Schwarz .... 3D artist
Benjamin Seide .... compositing artist
Oliver Seiter .... compositing artist
Jan Stoltz .... visual effects supervisor
Andy Sykes .... executive producer: Toybox
Eva Sütterlin .... compositing artist (as Eva Suetterlin)
Nhat Quang Tran .... digital compositor
Jens Vielhaben .... technical director: Elektrofilm
Max Wanko .... visual effects supervisor
Matthias Wittmann .... visual effects supervisor
Felix Zielke .... compositing trainee
Ann-Marie Blommaert .... digital film coordinator (uncredited)
Charles Andre .... stunts
James Bamford .... stunts
Rob 'Sluggo' Boyce .... stunts (as Rob Boyce)
Dustin Brooks .... stunts
Sylvain Cameron .... stunts (as Sylvan Cameron)
Kirk Caouette .... stunts
Brett Chan .... stunt performer
Brett Chan .... stunt safety
Douglas Chapman .... stunts (as Doug Chapman)
Nesta Chapman .... stunts
Kimberly Chiang .... stunts
Mike Ching .... stunts (as Michael Chin)
Dean Choe .... stunt coordinator
Laura Lee Connery .... stunts
Duane Dickinson .... stunts (as Duane Dickson)
Joe Doserro .... stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunts
Marny Eng .... stunts
Bruce Fontaine .... stunts (as Bruce Fonatine)
Bruce Fontaine .... sword fight coordinator
Corry Glass .... stunts
Leanne Hindle .... stunts (as Leanne Buchanan)
Dave Hospes .... stunts
David Jacox .... stunts
George Josef .... stunts (as George Joseph)
Kristene Kenward .... stunts
Don Lew .... stunts
Brad Loree .... stunts
Deb Macatumpag .... stunts
J.J. Makaro .... stunts (as JJ Makaro)
Kit Mallet .... stunts
Mike Mitchell .... stunts
Gaston Morrison .... stunts (as Gaston Howard)
Scott Patullo .... stunt safety (as Scott Pattullo)
Rick Pearce .... stunts
Darryl Quon .... stunt safety
Fiona Roeske .... stunts
Chad Sayn .... stunts
Chris Sayour .... stunt double
Chris Sayour .... stunts
Trish Schill .... stunts (as Patricia Schill)
Jeff Scrutton .... stunts
Luke Waidmann .... stunts
James Stephen Walton .... stunts
Steve Walton .... stunts
Daniel Wesley .... stunts
Serban Gabriel .... stunts (uncredited)
Gaston Morrison .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Christie Sanders .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven A. Adelson .... camera operator: "a" camera
Roger Bailey .... lamp operator (as Roger Baily)
Michael Balfry .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jeff Boudier .... lamp operator
Paul Chorney .... grip
Jesse Deacon .... best boy electric
Wray J. Douglas .... camera equipment representative: Revolve-A-Shot Camera Rig Ltd. (as Wray Douglas)
Rob Dutchie .... key camera technician: The Big Freeze
Chris Dyson .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Damon Faulkner .... grip: underwater unit
Chris Gibbins .... assistant camera
Chris Gibbins .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Chris Gibbons)
Brent Gies .... lamp operator
Don Gillie .... rigging gaffer
Frank Halpenny .... generator operator: The Big Freeze (as G. Frank Halpenny)
Frank Halpenny .... technician: The Big Freeze (as G. Frank Halpenny)
Chris Hansen .... first assistant camera: underwater unit
Pauline Heaton .... camera operator: underwater unit
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer
H. Christopher Hunter .... dolly grip (as Chris Hunter)
Mike Johnson .... camera programmer: The Big Freeze
David Jones .... grip
Lynne Kam .... best person grip (as Lynne Kamm)
Scott Kozak .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Benoît Lamarche .... key grip (as Benoit J. Lamarche)
Micah Llewellyn-Dance .... technician: The Big Freeze
Attila Luca .... assistant camera
Heather MacNeill .... first assistant camera: aerial unit (as Heather Macneil)
Chris Madden .... lamp operator
Iván Maldonado .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Ivan Maldonado)
Taylor Matheson .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Darren McLean .... gaffer (as Darren Mclean)
James McMurachy .... lamp operator (as James Mcmurchie)
Ryan McNair .... second assistant camera: "c" camera (as Ryan Mcnair)
Richard McNeal .... camera operator: "c" camera (as Richard Mcneil)
Richard McNeal .... director of photography: second unit (as Richard Mcneil)
Shawn Milne .... rigging grip
Bob Neve .... helicopter pilot: aerial unit (as Bob Nieve)
Jesse Olver .... grip
Peter Panago .... remote head technician: The Big Freeze
Shelly Papp .... lamp operator (as Shelley Papp)
Randy Peterson .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Robert Redford .... generator operator
Peter Scheerer .... camera operator: behind-the-scenes
Ed 'Animal' Schulz .... grip (as Ed Schultz)
Mike Sinclair .... producer: The Big Freeze
Dale Patrick Skidmore .... technician: The Big Freeze
Jared Spencer .... lamp operator (as Jarod Spencer)
A.J. Vesak .... camera operator: aerial unit (as AJ Vesak)
Brendan Wilson .... lamp operator (as Brendon Wilson)
Thomas Yardley .... camera trainee
Casting Department
Mindy Bazar .... casting director: US
Colleen Bolton .... associate casting director: Canada (as Colleen Rogers)
Kit Hayward .... extras casting
Joshua Vodnoy .... casting associate: US
Lance Peverley .... extras wrangler (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roger Baron .... assistant costume designer
Patti Bishop .... set costumer
Ruby Fleming .... costume set supervisor
Jody Leanne Petford .... set costumer (as Jody L. Petford)
Editorial Department
David Armstrong .... film timer (as Dave Armstrong)
Kevin James Brown .... dailies colorist
Edward J. Douglas .... assistant on-line editor
Earl Fudger .... additional film editor
Jared Hall .... trainee assistant film editor
Ryan Hogan .... final colorist
Warren Mazutinec .... assistant film editor
Ina-Maria Rudloff .... film timer (as Ina Rudloff)
Dave Weil .... film timer (as David Weil)
Music Department
Reinhard Besser .... music arranger: score
Reinhard Besser .... music producer: score
Christoph Duschek .... music studio assistant
Tobias Fleig .... additional surround mix: score
Bernhard Frantsits .... score mix engineer
Wolfgang Herold .... music supervisor
Manfred Honetschlaeger .... conductor
Manfred Honetschlaeger .... orchestrator
Trevor Hurst .... score mixer
Trevor Hurst .... score recordist
Bogna Kowalska .... orchestra manager
Dirk Kurock .... composer: additional music
Dirk Kurock .... music producer: additional music
Silke Kurock .... music office manager (as Silke '00' Kurock)
Walter Mair .... composer: additional music (as Walter Christian Mair)
Tadeusz Mieczkowski .... orchestra recording engineer
Ewa Prus-Dluzniewska .... studio management
Juan Sanchez .... music editor
Matthias Schwab .... music editor
Peter Siedlaczek .... orchestra recording supervisor
Uwe Spies .... composer: behind-the-scenes music
Transportation Department
Sebastian Amenta .... driver
Dave Byerley .... driver (as Dave Byerly)
Duncan Callander .... driver
Norm Chritien .... driver (as Norm Chretien)
Jim Forrest .... driver
Al Hourie .... driver
Viola Janzen .... transportation captain
Ed Johnson .... driver
Les Joyner .... driver
Rick Marcoux .... transportation co-captain
Dave McDonald .... driver (as Dave Mcdonald)
Laurie Morris .... transportation coordinator
Charles Pinkus .... driver
Ron Steele .... driver
Rick Swidrowich .... driver
Matt Trask .... driver
John Wihksne .... driver
Other crew
Jack Amberson .... production assistant
Jackie Andrade .... chef
Kim Arnott .... chartered accountant: Ellis Foster Chartered Accountants
Mariam Arthur .... assistant: Mr. Sales
Jeff Bough .... safety diver: underwater unit
Louise D. Bourassa .... production assistant (as Louise Bourassa)
Andrew Boutilier .... development executive: Brightlight Pictures
Kerri Boyce .... accounting clerk
Madeleine Brettschneider .... accountant: Herold & Besser Studios
Andrew Buziak .... accounting clerk
Nora Collins .... craft service
Nora Collins .... first aid
Dan Crosby .... assistant marine coordinator: underwater unit
Dan Crosby .... boat wrangler: underwater unit
Jason Crosby .... marine coordinator
Jason Crosby .... marine coordinator: underwater unit
Ken Dangerfield .... legal and business affairs
Sam Danzica .... stand-in
Anthony Dell'Orto .... chef (as Anthony Del'Orto)
Frederic Demey .... international sales consultant
Karyn Edwards .... legal: Brightlight Pictures
Dani Elias .... production office
Bianca Feldevere .... production assistant (as Bianca Felderer)
Steve Foster .... boat wrangler: underwater unit
Rob Fournier .... armourer
David W. Hamilton .... insurance: Jones Brown Inc. (as David Hamilton)
Stephen Hegyes .... executive: Brightlight Pictures
Patti Henderson .... script supervisor
Matthias Herold .... legal: Herold & Besser Studios
Alan Homma .... assistant accountant
Anne Jacobsen .... production accountant
Hanno Kaempf .... legal and business affairs
Ann Marie Kaesman .... assistant: Mr. Bates
Dmitry Kazak .... production assistant (as Dimitry Kazak)
Marian Koprada .... production assistant
Stephanie Legge .... stand-in (as Stephanie Legg)
John MacCuspie .... dive coordinator: underwater unit (as John Maccuspie)
Terry Mackay .... location manager
Pat McGillion .... safety diver: underwater unit (as Pat Macgillian)
Hamish Miller .... chef (as Harash Miller)
Samantha Morris .... assistant: Mr. Williamson
Resho Ollek .... chef
Lisa Ragosin .... production coordinator
Christine Reyes .... assistant chef
Brendan Rooney .... second assistant production coordinator
Lisa Rowson .... assistant chef (as Lisa Rowsan)
Joey Setter .... production coordinator
Dinean Stayk .... assistant location manager
Linda Stewart .... production assistant
Ann Troyer .... chef
David Wallace .... trainee assistant location manager
Dawn Williamson .... administration: Brightlight Pictures
Chris Wood .... production assistant
Joshua Zeller .... assistant: Mr. Altman
Rachel Ziegler .... chef
Kimberlee Alexander .... special thanks
Natasha Dickson .... special thanks
Kenny Diebel .... special thanks
Liz Gallacher .... special thanks
Laura Gill .... special thanks
Uwe Grundei .... special thanks: Mega Audio
Gord Hawkins .... special thanks
Marcin Karasinski .... special thanks
Patrick Knapp .... special thanks
George Margellos .... special thanks
Darryl McCann .... special thanks (as Darryl Mccann)
Sasha McLean .... special thanks: Sacha McLean
Peter Mitchell .... special thanks
Peter Moore .... special thanks
Masahiro Nakagawa .... special thanks
Rikiya Nakagawa .... special thanks
Christine Oehrling .... special thanks
Ian Rennie .... special thanks
Shane Rozumiak .... special thanks
Chuck Speed .... special thanks
Jason Strominger .... special thanks
John F. Voss .... special thanks: Emagic

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Rated R for pervasive strong violence/gore, language and some nudity
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Factual errors: (at around 34 mins) When several zombies approach his boat, Captain Victor Kirk shoots them with a Desert Eagle pistol, which he fires 13 times. A Desert Eagle magazine holds 7 to 9 rounds, depending on the caliber.See more »
Rudy:You created it all so you could become immortal. Why?
Castillo:To live forever!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sam and Max: Night of the Raving Dead (2008) (VG)See more »
Abu DhabiSee more »


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378 out of 426 people found the following review useful.
Lord have mercy!, 6 May 2004
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

There are people out there who will greenlight anything! That is the only explanation I can offer as to why the House of the Dead movie exists. And that's only scary part to the whole movie. It's so bad you'll go off movies forever. I seriously wanted to switch this off and turn the TV over to the Paint Drying channel but I was bound by my word to suffer the whole thing. I don't know why I do these bad things to myself.

As if it matters, here's the basic jist of the 'story'. A group of twenty-somethings are so desperate to go out to some island in the Pacific Northwest (Canada actually, because it's cheap) for the 'Rave of the Century' (which consists of about 8 people and un-raving music) that they pay some craggy old fisherman $1000 to take them there after they miss the main ferry. That's gotta be some rave to be worth all that dough! The fisherman warns them that the island is also known as the Island of the Dead (hang on-I thought this was HOUSE of the Dead?) and that they are all doomed yadda yadda yadda.

First faults here. Why would a tiny little rave (of the Century my foot!) be held on some remote island? Why would anyone willingly pay loads of money to get it? Why pay even more to the craggy old fisherman to take them back when they could just come back with the others?

Once they arrive they discover that the rave (which consists of about 2 tents, a small stage and a port-a-john) has been smashed, there's blood everywhere and no one is around. What would any rationally thinking person do? Run for their lives of course. But no, these clueless, obviously blind people decide to go look for them. Soon enough they discover an old ramshackle house that's 50 times as big on the inside as it is on the outside. Another half hour of stumbling around in the forest follows, as an excuse to kill of some of the lesser characters, and after much tedium they arrive back at the house again. The characters, like the movie, go nowhere.

Jammed into this ghastly disaster is a superabundance of gibberish dialogue, heinous acting, mumbo-jumbo exposition and zillions of clips from the once-popular arcade game of the same name. Why this was universally accepted as a good idea with the filmmakers I'll never know. The clips have no reference to any of the scenes and only degrade this trash even further, if that is at all possible.

It has nothing to do with the game save for some cheap, throwaway line at the end. It makes Resident Evil look like cinematic glory. Hell, even the Double Dragon movie seems multi-Oscar worthy in comparison to this junk. The only one who comes out of this with his dignity still intact is Jurgen Prochnow. He could have just taken his money and ran but he tries his best with the awful script and brings a tiny bit of pathos to his character. The rest of the cast suck I'm afraid. The characters are idiots and deserve to die.

Plus, if you cut out the swearing and pointless nudity, I see no reason why this film cannot be shown on Saturday morning TV. It's not frightening in the slightest. Pirates of the Caribbean is more scary than the skeletal bad guys in this film. And where did all those bad guys come from anyway? There were only a few people on the island to begin with. I guess this justifies the reason they chose to reuse footage over and over. I kid you not, you'll see the same zombie die a dozen times.

Who's ultimately to blame for that scandalous waste of celluloid? None other than director Uwe Boll. His control over the movie is non-existent. You can clearly the see actors have no idea what they should be doing and that the zombies aren't really taking it all seriously. The actors seem like they're reading off cue cards as they constantly pause in the middle of long sentences and carry on talking as soon as they see the next card. It all feels very unnatural.

Plus the film is shot like a two-part mini-series. I have indeed seen better TV productions. And don't get me started on the editing. The film is an incoherent babble with thousands upon thousands of pointless shots and dozens of meaningless camera pans. No real skill or talent was put into making this at all. It truly baffles and boggles the mind how movies this unfathomably bad can get made and George A. Romero can't even get anyone to take his calls. House of the Dead makes some idiotic reference to Romero in a lazy attempt to be 'post-modern' but it only irritates that they think THIS is in the same league as a REAL zombie movie.

For what it's worth, the 1.85:1 anamorphic picture looks great and the Dolby 5.1 soundtrack is clean but very unimpressive and only serves to pronounce the heavily over-used ADR even more. The DVD comes with extras but why torture yourself. Isn't this review warning enough? Stay away! You are all doomed I tell you! Doomed! Doomed!!!

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