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House Of The Dead

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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.

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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: #21,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "House Of The Dead" on IMDb

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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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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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Based on the videogame of the same name, "House of the Dead" is one of the most charmless, noxious, and boring films in the entire zombie genre, and that is seriously saying something. If you are a fan of the Sega game, you're in luck: there are tons of references to it both large and small (I wonder why there is a huge "Sega" banner onstage at the rave?) These references get less and less subtle as time progresses and ultimately use footage of the actual videogame graphics to link scenes. To say this is a jarring and annoying technique is a gross understatement. But perhaps I am getting ahead of myself.

Produced by fourteen (!) producers of different ranks, including Associate Producer Max Wanko, the film stars a bunch of nobodys with no inherent acting abilities detectible among them. The exception to this is Captain Kirk (yes, really) played by the genuinely talented Jürgen Prochnow: it pained my heart seeing this veteran of "Das Boot" in something this embarrassing. He does his best with the material presented to him, but it's beyond hope. Under no circumstance should you consider this a proud reprise in a seafaring role. Also onboard as creepy First Mate Salish is B-movie veteran Clint Howard who earns his paycheck with some overacting that fits right in. The only other actress who comes close to pulling her weight is Ellie Cornell as Casper, a pretty cop with an apparently complicated and pointless backstory with Kirk, and who is the only reasonably likeable female in the film.

Some twentysomething college students show up on a dock to go to the island rave but they miss their boat. Resourcefully, they charter Kirk for a ride to the island for $1000.
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Certainly not for kids but even a 16 year old could probably handle it due to the obvious video game sequences. Not as good as a Rob Zombie film, but certainly worth watching. One of the best gunfight slaughterfests I have ever seen and I don't just mean zombies killing humans! Killer soundtrack! Some seriously sexy girls(look for the Asian girl in the American flag outfit named Liberty:WOOW!). I really liked the set and location(in the woods on an island). This is not a movie you watch to be an intellectual; you watch it for the obvious "guilty pleasure" that it is. The action reminds me a LOT of The Walking Dead on AMC. Humans shooting, stabbing, and slicing dozens of zombies at a time! Survival horror with great effects, costumes, and music. If you like Resident Evil style action but just not quite on that much of a grand scale, this is a "hit"!
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