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House of the Dead (2003)

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

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Uwe Boll

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Birgit Stein ... Lena
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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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Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Germany | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of the Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,683,280, 12 October 2003

Gross USA:

$10,249,719
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is set before the events of the first The House of the Dead (1996) video game. See more »

Goofs

(at around 47 mins) 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 »

Quotes

Alicia: [referring to Liberty] So, you came with that girl?
Rudy: What?
Alicia: Let me give you a hint; I don't think she's your natural Red, White, & Blue.
Rudy: I met her at the Rave. Who's the guy with the Tom Cruise smile and the Rainman brain?
Alicia: He just happens to be the biggest underwear model in the world if you must know.
Rudy: Oh, congratulations.
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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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Danger
Music by Oliver Lieb / Peter Zweier
Words by Mark Montague Jefferis
Performed by Codetrasher
Published by Copyright Control/Edition 2HZ/Warner Chappell/D.A.N. Music Publishing
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Gives crap a bad name...
22 July 2005 | by baba44713See all my reviews

There are some movies you just know they are going to be bad from frame one. Even if you were totally oblivious of Ed Wood's work, one look at that commentator from "Plan 9 from outer space" and you just KNOW you are not gonna see the next cinematic masterpiece. Just like that, when I saw the first shot of Uwe Bolls masterpiece "House of Dead", with that guy sitting at the front of the house starting his introduction while trying desperately to sound like he just arrived from Sin City, I knew I'm in for a helluva ride.

So, the movie starts like this - first the lead character says that everybody else is going to die. You know, to keep you wandering. Then he starts introducing the rest of the characters with lines like "Karma..thinks she's Foxy Brown" or "Alicia..my ex.. we broke up recently.. I had to study and she had to fence". No, I'm not kidding.

Anyway, this bunch of 20-somethings who couldn't act their way out of a wet paper-bag are going to the "Rave of the century", rave in question being a few tents, a port-a-potty and a shoddy stage located on small island in the middle of the Pacific. Our gang missed the ferry, but thankfully will find a way to get there, the way being a fisher-boat ran by Kirk (Cpt Kirk? Get it? Man, whoever wrote this script is a genius) and his sidekick who is a bastard child of Simpsons' Cpt McAllister and that hook killer who knows what you did last summer.

To make the long story short, the gang gets to the island, finds nobody there except some bloody T-shirts and then decide to run the hell away from there. No wait, they do not, they actually get all happy and like cos there's free booze.

With that scene the movie hits rock bottom and then against all odds proceeds to go further downhill. Some guys in rubber suits start running around, there is some screaming and shooting, our gang goes to some house to meet some other gang, they go out of the house, meet Cpt Kirk and some police woman (who between them have about 500 pounds of weapons) and then decide to go back to the house. Somewhere along the line they transform into a S.W.A.T. team, enter the Matrix, the rubber-suit guys start multiplying like bacteria and I start to cry because I actually paid to see this. To add insult to the injury, every few minutes there are shots from the video game this crap is based on and there is a cute game-over cut-scene for a few characters when they die.

I seriously hate this movie. It doesn't even fit in that famed "So bad it's good" category. It's just plain bad. The script is bad, the zombies are awful, there is no tension, lines are bad, actors are bad.. the list just goes on.

You will probably want to see this movie just because of its reputation of being awful. Don't. There are bad movies that deserve to be watched. This is not one of them.


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