On a remote island in the Straight of Juan de Fuca, the
mother of all raves is taking place. Planning to join their friends at the
party, a group of young people charter a boat from an apprehensive sea captain
and set out for the long weekend of their lives. But when the group reaches
shore, they find that local legends surrounding the "Isla del Morte" are
terrifyingly real and an unspeakable evil has been anticipating their arrival.
Nightmarish horrors from beyond the grave lurk behind every sound and shadow,
each waiting for their chance to pounce on the living and bring them into the
swelling legions of the damned. The only place that offers the survivors any
hope of sanctuary is the dilapidated, foreboding structure that resides at the
very heart of the island... the "House of the Dead."
Although House of the Dead 3 on the Microsoft Xbox is one of my favorites
titles this movie doesn't create anywhere near the same excitement as the
video game. The movie does have a couple of high points for the right crowd.
The demographic for this movie is young twenty-somethings and males who are
in zombie movies. Artisan Entertainment tries to utilize the classic 1980's
slasher movie concept by casting hot young no-name actors and actresses who
are party animals not afraid to bare it all.
The most annoying part of the movie is the frequent flashbacks to certain
parts of the original house of the dead video game. After a while you just
want to yell at the screen and say "Yeah, I figured it out.... the
movie is based on the same scenes from the original video game".
Outside from that detracting feature the movie is fairly well produced
and stays true to the hardcore gamers which made the franchise a success in
the first place. The nicest thing about the movie is the variety of camera
angles the director uses including the 360 degree action scenes in the main
battle at the house in the middle of the island. Unfortunately the poor
acting really hurts any good thing the producers and directors attempt to
accomplish. A better casting job would have really gone a long way in this
film and helped the franchise in general.
Although this movie won't find mainstream success, fans of the video game
and young fans of horror movies will enjoy the watching good looking people
bare it all and do stupid things in the process.
See this movie if you're a fan of:
Cabin Fever (2003)
House of the Dead I, II, and III (Popular video game franchise by Sega)
Mortal Kombat (Popular movie and television series based on a Midway
80's classic slasher films
Resident Evil (Popular video game and movie franchise)