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House of the Dead Movie

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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 video game)

80's classic slasher films

Resident Evil (Popular video game and movie franchise)

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Box Office Info:

Jonathan Cherry (as Rudy)
Tyron Leitso (as Simon)
Clint Howard (as Salish)
Ona Grauer (as Alicia)
Ellie Cornell (as Jordan Casper)
Will Sanderson (as Greg)

Directed By: Uwe Boll
Written By: Mark A. Altman & Dave Parker
Produced By: Artisan Entertainment

Release Date (US): October 10, 2003

Length of Movie: 1h 30min

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive strong violence/gore, language and some nudity.

Budget: $12,000,000

Opening Weekend: $5,683,280

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