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A group of convicts and a doctor seek refuge from the authorities in a lodge deep in the wood, but the weird inhabitants are not friendly.

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Olaf Ittenbach
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Kriesa ... Douglas Madsen
Martina Ittenbach Martina Ittenbach ... Alice
Simon Newby Simon Newby ... Arthur Palmer
Luca Maric Luca Maric ... Spence Palmer
Mehmet Yilmaz Mehmet Yilmaz ... Vincenzo Tomassi
Jaymes Butler ... Stephen Nix
Dan van Husen ... Paul Anderson
Daryl Jackson Daryl Jackson ... Jimmy
Wolfgang Müller Wolfgang Müller ... George (as Wolfgang Mueller)
James Matthews-Pyecka James Matthews-Pyecka ... Shawn
Klaus Münster ... Joseph (as Klaus Muenster)
Gerhard Jilka Gerhard Jilka ... Phillip
Harald Pucher Harald Pucher ... Wallace
Lisa Sachsenweger Lisa Sachsenweger ... Karen
Gunter Bender Gunter Bender ... Ron (as Gunther Bender)
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A prison bus with over a dozen criminals on board has an accident and rams another car, in which Dr. Douglas Madsen was on his way home. Most of the prisoners die. Four of them survive, one of them severely injured. After having killed all the guards, they head for the woods. They take Dr. Douglas Madsen hostage. Suddenly a huge house appears in the middle of the woods. The leader of the group, Arthur, emphasizes that he will kill Douglas and every single member of the "family" if his wounded brother would die. Meanwhile some members of the family show strange behavior, and very soon mayhem breaks loose. Written by gn

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For the undead...there's no place like home

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Rated R for strong bloody violence/gore and pervasive language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Budget:

€1,000,000 (estimated)
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References Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) See more »

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Extremely Violent and Gore, Uneven Acting and Flawed Screenplay – But Having a Great Potential
6 September 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While driving on a lonely road a bus with dangerous inmates from Seattle, the driver crashes on a car driven by Dr. Douglas Madsen (Christopher Kriesa) and the three prisoners leaded by Arthur Palmer (Simon Newby) escape and execute the security guards. However, Arthur's brother Spence (Luca Maric) is shot, and the criminals decide to abduct Dr. Douglas to take care of Spence and walk to North in the direction of the Canadian border. They find an old cabin in the middle of the woods inhabited by a weird family that speaks ancient English and advises the group to leave the place while they can. The strangers transform in flesh-eater monsters and kill the criminals, but the local Alice (Martina Ittenbach) spares Dr. Douglas and saves his life. He is found by the police and he is interrogated by a police officer (Jürgen Prochnow) that does not believe on his words and he is sent to the prison in Seattle. While in a bus with dangerous inmates, the bus crashes on a car and the story repeats like in a déjà vu for Dr. Douglas and the criminals.

"House of Blood" is an extremely violent and gore, with scary and gruesome special effects. Unfortunately the acting is uneven, with good but also awful performances. The screenplay and the story are flawed, since what could be the possibility of another identical accident in the same lonely road in the same circumstances? But there are good points in the story and with improvements and better actors, this movie would have a great potential. I can not say that I hated or that this movie is totally bad, but the story indeed deserved improvements. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Casa de Sangue" ("House of Blood")


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