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  • Summary: Based on the best selling video game from Sega, House of the Dead tells the story of a group of college students who go to a rave on a mysterious island and get more than they bargained for when they find themselves stalked by killer zombies and terrifying creatures intent on feasting on the flesh of the living. (Artisan Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 15
  2. Negative: 13 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on just how much 14-year-old boy you've got in ya.
  2. There's scarcely a whiff of originality in the zombie horror picture House of the Dead, but Uwe Boll has directed it with enough energy and style that it adds up to passably mindless if grisly fun.
  3. Director Uwe Boll wholeheartedly embraces the film's concept, and with some fancy editing and a pulsing soundtrack, the effect really is like watching a video game.
  4. 20
    Much poorly choreographed gunplay, many lovingly rendered head explosions, and some half-assed exposition about centuries-old, immortality-seeking pirates follow, with nothing to recommend House Of The Dead to anyone but the most undiscriminating zombie-movie fans.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Laughable performances.
  6. 20
    Here’s a would-be horror film that contains not one ounce of professional pride in its making, not one shred of technical competence. This is one of the worst films of recent times.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Brown
    To properly convey the jaw-dropping shoddiness of this videogame-based ''horror'' ''movie,'' one must approach what scientists call Absolute Stupid, a state previously thought to exist only under highly controlled laboratory conditions or at the highest levels of government.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 58
  2. Negative: 45 out of 58
  1. Sep 1, 2011
    A cheesy good time, if you actually expected this movie to be serious, then you really don't know how these things work, this is the perfect example of a B-rated Zombie movie, it's got it all bad acting, cheesy plot full of holes, gore, and nudity, and honestly it's just fun to watch, even if you want to watch it just to laugh at it. Expand
  2. Oct 27, 2010
    A fantastically underwhelming sense of production values is present but if you wish to base a score on the question "does this film entertain?", then yes, it does. There are lots of unintentional laughs that elevate it above the standard "*Genre* Movie" and the editing of actual in-game footage has to be seen to be believed. Those familiar with the work of Uwe Boll will not be surprised and, moreover, disappointed.

    *Best watched - with friends and possibly under the influence of alcohol*
  3. Apr 1, 2014
    "House of the Dead" is absolutely bad, it is a campy, goofy little horror film that is just so bad it is fun. The acting is truly awful, the screenplay does not exist and is not conventional, it is awful. The cinematography makes the action sequences a bit conventional, intense. The whole film is crap if you are going to take it seriously, if you try and have stupid fun with it, it might turn out as not as bad as it is. But overall, it is not really fully recommended, but if you are feeling like a cheesy horror zombie film, with stupid characters, screenplay and direction. This is the one. The only reason i watched this film is because I felt like watching something bad after the 2014 Academy Awards, and I wanted to see if Uwe Boll lives to the awfulness I heard about him, he is just trying to make cheesy films, with cliches all over the place that turn out, despite outdated, funny and entertaining. Expand
  4. Jul 20, 2013
    House of the Dead is bad. Very bad. Uwe Boll has managed to make the whole series look bad. However this movie is so bad it's funny. Really cheesy. Not worth renting, Not worth watching, Not worth thinking about. Expand
  5. Feb 15, 2014
    I'll be honest, I laughed. Just not the way it was intended to be. The film is a complete mess that' it's almost like Boll HIMSELF got bored with this. Not only did this add on to Boll's terrible film list, but has ruined part of the Sega franchise in the process. Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2011
    The second you see the letters U W E B O L L arranged in the dreaded order that spells the name of the horrible German director (Lou Woll) in the opening credits, you know you are in a for a bad film. opening joke here sucks.

    Acting/characters: Shallow, generic, and underdeveloped that's all I can say about them. I kept hoping that there would be someone in the whole film who I would think "maybe this one will be different and kinda likable" out of the whole cast, no one fit that bill. I can't even remember their names without looking them up with the exception of Kirk. Even as I write this, their names and faces slip from my mind. That is for the best I feel. I just do not care about them whatsoever. Who could? Maybe the 3 or 4 people out there who like this film say 'the characters are so incidental because this is a cheesy action flick and nothing more.' To those 3 or 4 people (including Uwe Boll) I say, if I want this many faceless characters, I'll go play the video game itself. It's a movie so it should have at least one character worth anything. This doesn't. Plus, the character who narrates the film is so dumb. Well, not just him, the whole concept of the character. A narrator is our protagonist. We are seeing the film from his or her eyes. This guy wasn't in the film for the first third of it. Once he was you never got to really know him at all. It's like he was just there and was narrating it in passing later. I dunno maybe the script did have a likable character, well if so, the actors killed it. They all absolutely sucked. I think one of them went on to do something worthwhile after They were monotonous, blank, and uninteresting. 0/10

    Plot: I've read the plot to the original game. This one is supposed to be a prequel to that game in a matter what angle you look at it from the two are not connected plot-wise at all. This would be fine I suppose but Uwe Boll decided to use a plot that has been circulating on the Slasher Genre for decades: Teenagers at a party in an abandoned location are being killed off. So, not only did he not even try to tie it into the actual source material itself, he decided to use an old, over-used plot to do it. Way to go Uwe! You've sunk to a new low. At least I haven't seen the plot to Alone in the dark 50 times in 50 different movies like this one. You didn't even try. You didn't even try. 0/10

    Screenplay: If I asked Uwe Boll what he thought about the script for this film he would give me a blank stare and say 'the what for my film?' an exaggeration to be sure, but not that much of one. Some lines in there just had my head ringing. Which ones?...all of them...yeah, all of them. I don't know who wrote this screenplay or why but they should be banned from ever making a screenplay again. This comes off like some kid wrote it. No offense to kids. Come on people this is a movie1 You get paid to do this! Now I'm not saying it has to be Casablanca but can you please not try to outdo Troll 2 in terms of stupidity? 0/10

    Likableness: I add Uwe Boll to my list of directors who love slow-mo too much (move over Michael Bay and Zack Snyder). And he's just friggin' lazy too. There is one shot that he reuses 4 DIFFERENT TIMES!!! I mean come on! Twice is pushing it but 4!?!?! I highly disliked this film and I will probably never watch it again. I would advise everyone who has not seen this to go and watch something better. Like the Garfield movie (oh snap) and leave this alone. It was terrible. I give this one a solid 0/10.

    Final Score: 0/40
    Tomatometer rating: 4%
    Tomatometer rating if my review was added: 4%

    TRIVIA TIME: 1. The fisherman with the hook (gaff) at the beginning of the movie is a reference to the killer in I Know What You Did Last Summer.

    2. At the beginning of the movie, Greg says, "Who's the U-boat captain?" when he sees Capt. Viktor Kirk. Prochnow was the captain in Das Boot.

    3. Jonathan Cherry burned 30% of his hand on the second day of shooting. The scene on the bridge, where he hurts his hand, was shot later, to explain the bandage he had to wear.

    4. Reviews were so bad that Danish cinemas refused to buy it.

    5. House of the Dead is the last film to use the turn-table technique for 360° shots. The risk of actors being hurt or killed by the fast-moving camera was too much.
  7. Oct 11, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Uwe Boll's "House of the Dead" is simply the worst movie I've seen in my life. NOTHING makes sense. The film will literally pierce your heart for its terrible cinematography as well as giving you nightmares and shudders of how such film can be so terrible. I don't give a **** if this German director started filming at age 10; reality is, he shouldn't. Expand

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