House of the Dead (2003)

Directors: Uwe Boll
Genre: Horror


"The Game Has Just Begun!

It's Spring Break and the college kids just want to party. When they charter a boat to take them to a rave on a nearby island, they arrive only to find it deserted...that is, except for the bloodthirsty zombies that have completely inhabited the island. Their only hope for survival is to win the final battle with whatever weapons they can find...in the House Of The Dead." - from DVD Pacific

My oppinion:
Since about everyone seems to agree this one is total crap, I've been postponing seeing it for a long time, until last night. Needless to say, I didn't expect anything at all. After having seen it, I must say I disagree a little bit with all the negative reviews. Of course, this is no masterpiece, far from it, but there are way worse horror movies out there in my opinion. There are lots of things I didn't like about it, and on the top of that list is the really annoying clip's they put in from the video game it's based on. If you're actually starting to "get into" the movie (which rarely happens..) you're sure to be thrown back into "real life" every time the game images pop's up. Many people say the acting is terrible in this one, and I agree in one particular case, the "police woman" really didn't know how to act. The other actors did a decent enough job in my eyes. The background story was pretty nice too I think. Considering this is a B-movie, I think the SFX were pretty nice too. Here my list of nice things to say about "House of the Dead" stops though.. The dialogue is mostly just dumb and some of the things these people do makes no sense at all (like the way they acted when they arrived at the island. And the entire part where the policewoman insisted on taking one of the kids with her on a search in the woods. The way that played out made it look like she really wanted him to die...). Another problem is that the makers totally fail to make us care for any of the characters. I couldn't care less if any of them survived or not. The uses of Matrix effects were also very overdone.
In conclusion, this is a bad movie, but not as bad as most people seem to think in my opinion. Despite it's (many) shortcomings, I did feel kind of entertained in the end.

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Buy "House of the Dead" at: DVD Pacific