House of the Dead (film)
House of the Dead is a 2003 action horror film, and an adaptation of the 1996 light gun arcade game of the same name produced by Sega. An international co-production of Canada, Germany, and the United States, the film is directed by Uwe Boll and stars Jonathan Cherry, Tyron Leitso, Clint Howard, Ona Grauer, Ellie Cornell, and Jürgen Prochnow. It received overwhelmingly negative reviews.
|House of the Dead|
|Directed by||Uwe Boll|
|Based on||House of the Dead series|
|Edited by||David M. Richardson|
|Distributed by||Artisan Entertainment (United States)|
Alliance Atlantis Communications (Canada)
|Box office||$13.8 million|
It was later followed by a sequel, House of the Dead 2 in 2005.
After booking a boat trip to attend a rave on an island located off the coast of Seattle named "Isla del Morte" ("Island of Death"), two college students, Simon (Tyron Leitso) and Greg (Will Sanderson) meet up with three girls: Alicia (Ona Grauer), Karma (Enuka Okuma) and Greg's girlfriend Cynthia (Sonya Salomaa). When the five arrive at the dock, they find that they are late and the boat that is supposed to take them to Isla del Morte has already left. A boat captain named Victor Kirk (Jürgen Prochnow) and his first mate Salish (Clint Howard) offer them a ride on their boat.
Arriving at Isla del Morte, they find the rave site messed up and deserted. Alicia, Karma and Simon leave the site to go find anybody around while Cynthia and Greg stay behind. As Greg and Cynthia are about to make out in a tent, the former leaves to urinate. Alone in the tent, Cynthia is killed by a group of zombies. Meanwhile, Alicia, Karma and Simon find a derelict house and as they attempt to investigate the place, they discover Alicia's ex-boyfriend Rudy (Jonathan Cherry), Liberty (Kira Clavell) and Hugh (Michael Eklund), who inform them of a zombie attack during the rave. The six leave the house to fetch Greg and Cynthia. Meanwhile, the zombies kill Salish when he is alone in the forest.
Alicia, Rudy, Karma, Simon, Liberty and Hugh return to the rave site and find Greg. A zombified Cynthia comes out from behind a tree and kills Hugh but is killed when Casper, a Coast Guard officer who was tracking Kirk, arrives and shoots her. They form a plan to return to Kirk's boat and leave the island. When they return to the beach they find zombies on Kirk's boat. Casper and Greg leave the group to go find help, but Greg is killed in the forest.
Kirk reveals the island's history; Isla del Morte was home to a Spanish Catholic priest named Castillo Sermano, who was banished from Spain in the 15th century for his dark experiments, which the Catholic Church forbade. Castillo murdered the crew of St. Cristobal, the ship that was taking him to the island, enslaved the island's natives, and murdered anyone who visited the place. He then created the immortality serum which he injected himself with, allowing him to live forever and return dead souls to life and support his cause. Kirk leads the group to a spot in the forest where he has hidden a box full of guns and weaponry. Once everyone is armed, they decide to head back to the house only to find the courtyard filled with zombies. Liberty and Casper are killed in the ensuing fight and Alicia, Rudy, Kirk, Karma and Simon manage to take shelter inside the house.
When Kirk is alone, he hears Salish whistling outside. He goes outside and sees Salish as a zombie. Kirk sacrifices himself by killing Salish and a bunch of zombies with a stick of dynamite, but the explosion also blows up the entrance to the house. The remaining four lock themselves in a lab inside the house, but the zombies break in. Karma finds a hatch in the floor which she, Alicia and Rudy use to escape. Simon sacrifices himself to kill the zombies by shooting a barrel of gunpowder, blowing up the house and the zombies. Alicia, Rudy and Karma find themselves in tunnels. They make their way through the tunnels, but Karma is killed by zombies as she attempts to hold them off as Rudy and Alicia flee.
Alicia and Rudy are aided out of the tunnels by a mysterious man wearing Greg's face as a mask. The man is revealed to be Castillo Sermano, who then orders a horde of zombies to restrain Alicia and Rudy in an attempt to kill them and use their flesh for his own purposes. Alicia and Rudy escape Castillo, blowing the tunnels up in the process. Castillo manages to survive the blast and Alicia gets into a sword fight with him. Castillo stabs her in the heart, and Rudy manages to decapitate him soon after. However, the still-alive headless body of Castillo begins to strangle Rudy. Alicia, who is barely alive, gets up and crushes the head under her foot, which finally kills him. Although Alicia seemingly dies, she and Rudy are rescued by a team of agents. The agents ask for Rudy's name, to which he responds with "Rudolph Curien" (implying this film is a prequel to The House of the Dead arcade game.) The ending narration reveals that Rudy gave Alicia the immortality serum. The two survivors return home.
- Jonathan Cherry as Rudolph "Rudy" Curien
- Ona Grauer as Alicia
- Enuka Okuma as Karma
- Tyron Leitso as Simon Cruz
- Will Sanderson as Greg
- Clint Howard as Salish
- Jürgen Prochnow as Captain Victor Kirk
- Ellie Cornell as Jordan Casper
- Michael Eklund as Hugh
- Kira Clavell as Liberty
- David Palffy as Castillo Sermano
- Sonya Salomaa as Cynthia
- Erica Durance as Johanna (credited as Erica Parker)
- Steve Byers as Matt
- Ben Derrick as McGivers
- Adam J. Harrington as Thomas Rogan
- Colin Lawrence as Agent G
House of the Dead grossed $10.2 million in the United States and Canada, and $3.6 million in other countries, for a total gross of $13.8 million, against its budget of $12 million.
In its opening weekend the film grossed $5.7 million, finishing sixth at the box office.
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On Rotten Tomatoes the film was ranked as the 41st of the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with an approval rating of 3% based on 61 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "A grungy, disjointed, mostly brainless mess of a film, House of the Dead is nonetheless loaded with unintentional laughs." On Metacritic the film has a score of 15 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike". In 2009, Time listed the film on their list of top ten worst video game movies of all-time.
|House of the Dead: |
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||November 11, 2003|
The film's soundtrack was released in late 2003 through ZYX Records. The album featured many bands from Boll's home country of Germany.
- Track listing
|1.||"House of the Dead"||Razorburner||3:13|
|3.||"Sly Dog"||Perfect Fred||3:58|
|6.||"Whenever I Fall"||Rat's Back||5:42|
|9.||"Suicide Serenade"||Misery Inc.||4:00|
|11.||"This Is Real" (Club Mix)||Rey Thomas||6:41|
|12.||"This Is Real" (Radio Mix)||Rey Thomas||3:10|
A music video for the song "This Is Real" by Swiss pop singer Rey Thomas was also released as part of the publicity campaign. The clip was shot on location on the original set, parallel to the shooting of the movie, and shows the artist, who is himself made up as a zombie, in the midst of a group of dancing zombies from the film. This parody-like part was contrasted in a parallel montage of numerous, extremely violent scenes featuring the original cast, which caused many broadcasters to refuse to play the clip in heavy rotation.
Songs that are not included on the soundtrack album
- "Fury (House of the Dead)" by Black Tiger
- "Danger" by Oliver Lieb featuring Keith Flint
- "Zombie Island" by Codetrasher
- "Abu Dhabi" by Codetrasher
- "The Rotten Smell" by The Horror Boogies
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The Classical Score
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||March 29, 2013|
The film's score was composed by German composer Reinhard Besser. Besser would later compose the score for another Boll film in 2005 with Alone in the Dark. The score was released on March 29, 2013 through Playground Worldwide.
- Track listing
All tracks are written by Reinhard Besser.
|6.||"Alchemist at Work"||2:05|
A director's cut of the film was released on DVD on September 9, 2008 distributed by Lionsgate. This version features new dialogue, alternative takes, pop-up commentary and animation from the original video game.
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- House of the Dead Director's Cut: Funny Version' ART and Specs! on Bloody-Disgusting.com (June 19, 2008).