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Jonathan Cherry, Tyron Leitso. When a group of college students take their Florida spring break party to a deserted island off the coast, they are attacked by bloodthirsty zombies, and the only way to fight back is to locate weapons for defense. 2003/color/90 min/R/widescreen.

The usual slasher-movie teens charter a boat to attend a rave in Washington's San Juan islands, find zombies there, and splatter their guts all over the place. House of the Dead shows early promise when the boat captain is the dude from Das Boot (Jürgen Prochnow) and the mate is the inimitably weird Clint Howard. Alas, things devolve from there. The movie includes frequent flashes from its video game inspiration, not that we need much reminding of the obvious source. Amongst the rotten dialogue, bad acting, and gratuitous topless scenes, there's one looooong shootout sequence in the middle of the picture that should be the main attraction for fans of this kind of thing. Otherwise, it's at the level of every other slasher movie, video game or no video game, in which stupid people do stupid things to keep themselves in harm's way. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • "Behind the House: Anatomy of the Zombie Movement" making-of featurette
  • "Stacked for Zom-Bat: The Sexy Babes of House of the Dead Prepare for Battle!"
  • Sneak peek of new Sega game Nightshade

Product Details

  • Actors: Jonathan Cherry, Tyron Leitso, Clint Howard, Ona Grauer, Ellie Cornell
  • Directors: Uwe Boll
  • Writers: Dan Bates, Dave Parker, Mark A. Altman
  • Producers: Christoph Nuehlen, Dan Bates, Dan Clarke, Dan Sales
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS ES 6.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000YEE6C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,796 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "House of the Dead" on IMDb

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103 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget on March 30, 2004
Format: DVD
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 23, 2004
Format: DVD
This terrible movie is so poorly made that it goes down in cinema history as the WORST zombie movie ever made.The plot(if there was one) was a bunch of teens visiting an island and battling zombies.This is a very stupid,horrible time-waster.

Here's the reason this movie is so terrible

1.The zombie's makeup,it looks like toilet paper and ketchup(the fake blood at Wal Mart looks state-of-the-art compared to this)

2.The acting,it is so atrocious, you'll wish these amateurish actors/actreses would die off soon.

3.The slow-motion scenes:This really messed up the movie,Like the scene were all the teens were fighting and the scene was slow-motion was this The Matrix part 4 or something.

4.The plot:The plot and storyline was so badly written that a little kid could write a better script with a piece of toilet paper.

5.The editing:Some of the worst editing ever.Scenes from the video game should up in quick flashes and the editors didn't edit the movie well.

and the casting:Truly horrible cast especially the captain from DAS BOOT.What a shame.

Don't ever buy,rent,or steal this movie.Burning every copy of this montrosity would help the world.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dark Mechanicus JSG on September 1, 2005
Format: DVD
There are things in our world that were never meant for human eyes to behold nor human mind to fathom:

---the tentacled, slumbering horror that is Mighty Cthulhu, imprisoned dreaming beneath the sunken city of R'lyeh, sending nightmares of horror, madness and death to mortal men!

---the fearsome mutilations carried out by the Yeti-men of Yuzulak in the frozen reaches of Siberia!

---the gigantic, slobbering, galactically brilliant and monumentally psychotic denizens of the Martian canals, eternally crafting their tripod death machines and bent on ruling Earth!

---anything filmed by Teutonic Madman Herr Doktor Uwe Boll, who gave the world "House of the Dead", cinema's answer to Pol Pot!

First off, you've got to know something about the fiendish Herr Doktor Boll, so you can appreciate what you're in for. In a saner, God-fearing age, Uwe Boll would be quickly hauled before an Inquisitorial Tribunal, convicted of being a tool of the Evil One, and burned at the stake. In 21st century America, producers throw money at him to make movies like "House of the Dead" (and now "Alone in the Dark").

Smuggled out of Nazi Germany during the last days of the Third Reich, shipped to Argentina with a directive to obliterate Allied filmmaking as we know it, bankrolled by a trove of secret Nazi gold, Uwe Boll owns rights to every single videogame ever made ("Far Cry", "Hunter: the Reckoning", "Bloodrayne"---everything, kids, I'm sorry---Boll owns the rights to all of `em), and intends to make a movie out of every last one of them. A bad movie. A godawful movie that will make God in his Heaven cry, that may, in fact, even rip open a gate to Hell. A Legion of bad movies that look, sound, smell and taste like a**.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PolarisDiB on October 13, 2005
Format: DVD
I feel sorry for Uwe Boll. Everyone basically hates him for releasing

such garbage and ruining the videogames he takes off with (though is

"ruining" the right term? This is, after all, House of the Dead...).

After watching the commentary on Alone in the Dark to hear what he had

to say for himself, I learned that Uwe Boll does not create such

terrible, terrible film out of a lack of caring or complete negligence,

he really does believe in every mis-cut one-dimensional broken piece of

action shot quipped with bad dialog he is responsible for.

This movie doesn't even need to have the commentary to feel this from

him. Immersed in all of it's terrible glory, one can still feel the

love Uwe Boll has from the camera as he misdirects scene after

horrible, horrible scene.

A rave is being held on the Isle del Muerte (and in this case Uwe Boll insults our intelligence again by actually having a character translate this to us: "That means The Island of the Dead!" He's the same character who states "Sprechen Sie English?" What a multilingual type!) Some characters pay over a thousand dollars to get to this party (why?!?!?!), but when they get there, no one's around. Irregardless, they go about dancing, drinking beer, sexing it up... but despite their total lack of ability to do anything anybody normal would do, like wonder where everybody went or whatever, they get pulled into the action anyways. Or whatever.

Rain falls on a boat but never on the island. Day and night seem to come whenever it feels like it. Zombies are scary by putting their hands on trees and flying.
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