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House of the Dead is a film adaptation of a popular light-gun game of the same name directed by the infamous Uwe Boll in 2003. It flung his name into video game movie infamy.

A Prequel movie to the video games, the movie follows a group of people going to a daylight rave held in ominiously named Isla Del Muerte [1] (no, not that one), who are then attacked by hordes of zombies. Gun smugglers, cops, and a hundreds-of-years-old undead Mad Scientist ex-priest are also involved. A "captain Kirk" joke early on and an explicit reference to George Romero indicate that the film may actually be a subtle and deliberate Self-Parody. Later a "Funny Version" of the film was released, which is a Re Cut consisting of goofy outtakes and sarcastic pop-up commentary.

In 2005, a Made for TV Movie sequel entitled House of the Dead II: Dead Aim was released on Sci Fi Channel, which was closer to the original game plotwise. But this being a sequel to an Uwe Boll movie, it's not saying much.

This film contains the examples of:

 "There is no God. Only me."

The Funny Version provides the examples of:

The sequel provides the examples of:

  • Back From the Dead: Despite having her legs chopped off and being in the center of the explosion in the first movie, Casper is alive and well.
  • Downer Ending: After failing to get the sample twice, the zombie outbreak engulfs the city. Though the last remaining heroes do survive the events.
  • Not His Sled: At the time the first movie came out, many people assumed that "Rudy Curien" was an Adaptation Name Change of Roy Curien, the Big Bad of the franchise. This movie introduces Roy Curien as a separate character and establishes that Rudy is his son, making Rudy the movie counterpart of Daniel Curien. 
  • Oddly-Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • Here We Go Again: After losing the first sample in escaping the mass of zombies, they now must fight back and get it again. After this succeeds, they lose it for good.
  • Similarly Named Works: Dead Aim is also the name of a Resident Evil game.
  • Your Head Asplode: Several times. One moment toward the beginning, actually funnily, a now infected waiter from a restaurant gets his head blown off nonchalantly by the male lead in the back of an ambulance. So nonchalantly in fact that neither of two in the back even blink when blood splatters all over them.
  • Stealth Sequel: Implied to be a prequel to the second game.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Rudy and Alicia.


  1. Spanish for "Island of the Dead"
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