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House of the Dead (2003)



Average Rating: 1.9/10
Reviews Counted: 57
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 55

A grungy, disjointed, mostly brainless mess of a film, House of the Dead is nonetheless loaded with unintentional laughs.


Average Rating: 2.1/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 12

A grungy, disjointed, mostly brainless mess of a film, House of the Dead is nonetheless loaded with unintentional laughs.



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Adapted from the popular Sega arcade video game of the same name, director Uwe Boll's action horror effort finds a group of partying teens stranded on an island and doing battle with a new breed of unusually mobile zombies. Looking for a place to party away spring break, college students Cynthia (Sonya Salomaa), Greg (Will Sanderson), and Karma (Enuka Okuma) hear rumors of a rave on a remote island in the Seattle area. Rushing to catch the party boat, the teens pick up friends Simon (Tyron


Action & Adventure, Horror

Mark A. Altman, David Parker

Jan 27, 2004


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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (55) | DVD (13)

Don't come looking for a story -- this is a hunt.

January 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A derivative shock-horror exercise desperately in need of an IV.

October 29, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Takes out a moviegoer's limbic brain and cerebral cortex. All that's left functioning is the reptilian brain, droning: Kill The Things. Kill The Things...

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Here is yet another video game transferred to film with little enhancement or development.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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To properly convey the jaw-dropping shoddiness of this videogame-based 'horror' 'movie,' one must approach what scientists call Absolute Stupid.

October 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Misbegotten horror movie adaptation of the best-selling video games.

October 15, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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The novelty of seeing rampaging zombies get shot in the head wears off after 40 minutes or so.

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

So willfully opposed to everything that decades of refinement have established as cinematic grammar that I am unable to decide if Boll is a genius or just evil.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

This is the first live-action horror movie based on a video game that I've ever seen in which the game's animation is actually used as a repeated special effect. This is not a good thing.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

How do films like these get made for video, let alone the wide theatrical run?

January 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

This is one of those rare films that truly manages to get by on unintentional laughs, but otherwise dreadful.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

There is an extended sequence in which every individual character goes bullet-time, and [Uwe] Boll must think it's so cool just because they're in bullet-time.

July 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Exhibit A in the evidence that no more video games, under any conditions, should be made into movies.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

One of the most astonishingly idiotic pieces of entertainment I've ever had the displeasure of sitting through.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

It's so bad it could well go down in history as one of the worst zombie movies ever made.

November 2, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC

Resides amid half-remembered fragments of Cinemax soft-core, Turkish remakes of The Exorcist, and third-string Troma releases such as Fat Guy Goes Nutzoid.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)

Sad to say that after its unpromising opening minutes, the film defies the odds by getting progressively worse.

March 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Boll directs the film as indiscriminately as his characters fire their weapons.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

All the subtlety of a horny bull in a china shop and all the style of a street tramp.

October 30, 2003 Full Review Source:

While not as technically brilliant as some zombie fare, HotD more than makes up for this lack in terms of sheer heart. Sure, it's a low-budget venture, but it doesn't feel forced or contrived, but rather revels in its low-budget restraints.

October 26, 2003 Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Comment (1)
IGN Movies

At first, I was riveted by its awfulness. Then, about 20 minutes later, I just wanted to go home.

October 25, 2003 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The acting is more frightening than the undead themselves and the gore is lacking, simple as that.

October 24, 2003

If you wait for video, put your finger on the fast-forward button and never let go.

October 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Comments (2)
Internet Reviews

A film that's so bad, so grievously awful in so many ways, that you're convinced that it was meant to be a comedy.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for House of the Dead

From one of the most untalented directors of our time, comes one of the worst horror films I have ever seen. "House of the Dead" takes everything you know about zombie flicks and completely ruins it. Having absolutely terrible actors and a script as bad as they come, this film fails to impress even in it's action scenes. The most commendable thing in this film are the many 360* shots throughout the final scene, but when they start to go on endlessly it get's to be tedious, even though the movie is already tedious enough. It is some of the worst filmmaking I have ever seen in a film. For a 12 million dollar budget, this crew should be ashamed of themselves. It is not scary and it is unintentionally funny the whole way through. "House of the Dead" is utter garbage.
October 18, 2013
KJ Proulx

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Uwe Boll's zombie movie is one of the worst films in the history of cinema. Uwe Boll has gotten himself the reputation of being one of the worst Hollywood directors in history. Based on a popular video game, House of the Dead is a poorly made film that is beyond awful. House of the Dead will disappoint harden zombie fans because this is poorly conceived trash. This film has one thing going for it, it's unintentionally humorous. This film is so bad, that it's hilarious. Uwe Boll actually placed video games scenes in his movie to give it a "video game" type feel. Instead, it's hilarious. The use of cinematography is criminal in this film. Now, I'm an epileptic, and whenever the camera started spinning, I had to cover my eyes because it felt like I was going to have a seizure. If you're looking for a good, entertaining zombie film, you won't find it here because Uwe Boll can't write an effective plot to his films (under the very rare occasion, he's managed to direct two or three watchable films). However, House of the Dead is not watchable, this is a film with no plot, and bad acting, bad special effects, and it feel like a sci fi channel made for TV movie. House of the Dead is yet another prime example as to why video game to screen adaptations do not work. Occasionally they do, but not in the case of Uwe Boll's House of the Dead. If you're looking for a good zombie action film, watch Resident Evil instead, and skip this film. You'll be glad you did.
December 10, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Stop spinning the fucking camera Uwe!
October 9, 2011
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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