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

A {{Prequel}} movie to the video games, the movie follows a group of people going to a daylight rave held in [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace ominiously named]] Isla Del Muerte ([[GratuitousSpanish Spanish]] for "Island of the Dead", no relation to [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean that one]], or [[VideoGame/DeadIsland that other one]]), who are then attacked by hordes of zombies. Gun smugglers, cops, and a [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld hundreds-of-years-old]] undead MadScientist 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 SelfParody. Later a "Funny Version" of the film was released, which is a {{Recut}} consisting of [[HilariousOuttakes goofy outtakes]] and sarcastic pop-up commentary.

[[Film/HouseOfTheDeadIIDeadAim A sequel]] was released in 2005.
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!!This film contains the examples of:

* ActorAllusion: Given when the protagonists meet Kirk:
-->'''Simon''': Oh great, here comes the [[Film/DasBoot u-boat captain]].
* AnArmAndALeg: Casper gets her legs chopped off before dying.
* AnAxeToGrind: Rudy's melee weapon of choice. Some zombies also carry axes.
* [[AttackOfTheTownFestival Attack Of The Rave Held On A Seemingly Deserted Island]]
* BaldOfEvil: Castillo.
* BareYourMidriff: Alicia.
* BigDamnHeroes: Casper appears to blow away zombified Cynthia when she is attacking our protagonists.
* BlackBestFriend: Karma.
* BlingBlingBang: Karma arms herself with a gold plated pistol from Kirk's stash.
* BloodFromTheMouth
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Happens to one zombie during the graveyard fight.
* BottomlessMagazines: Runs rampant during the graveyard fight until our protagonists reach the house, and ''then'' they run out of bullets.
* TheCameo: Then Sega of America president Peter Moore and [[CreatorCameo series creator Rikiya Nagakawa]] appear as zombies.
* CaptainObvious: When the main cast realizes that they missed the boat to the rave, the narrator notes immediatly that they, in fact, missed the boat.
* ChekhovsSkill: Alicia's fencing studies.
* ClosedCircle: The island.
* ContinuityNod: Rudy's last name? [[spoiler: Curien, after BigBad Roy Curien from the first game.]] What does this mean? [[spoiler: Who the hell knows?]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The flashback scenes around Castillo.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: This gem of an exchange...
--> '''Rudy:''' "You created it all so you could become immortal. Why?"
--> '''Castillo:''' "To live forever!"
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters
* DoubleTap: Casper is savvy enough to do it.
* DropTheHammer: One of the zombies carry a mallet.
* DumbBlonde: Cynthia.
* ExplodingBarrels: Gunpowder barrels in mint condition from the XIV century.
* {{Fanservice}}: Some nudity is shown, as usual with these kind of movies. But notably from Erica Durance, who'd later play [[{{Superman}} Lois Lane]] in ''{{Smallville}}''.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "They missed the boat to the rave. If they only decided to stay back at Seattle, they'd all be alive today." Subtle.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Alicia does it while she's running away from the exploding house. In slow motion.
* GenreSavvy: When Kirk encounter zombies, he simply starts shooting them without further questions. He doesn't look even ''mildly surprised.''
* GirlishPigtails: Liberty.
* AGodAmI: Said by Castillo in a flashback.
-->There is no God. Only me.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: When our cast accidentally revives the dead in the lab, Rudy starts throwing bottles and containers at them.
* GunsAkimbo: Kirk with two Desert Eagles during the TheWarSequence.
* HazardousWater: These zombies can swim.
* HeroicSacrifice: Kirk and later Simon make one.
* HowWeGotHere: The film starts with Rudy sitting on the island graveyard and recounting the events that lead him there.
* IdiosyncraticWipes: Footage from the actual game is used for transfers. It's as awkward as it sounds like.
* IdiotBall: When the cast reaches the rave area, only Alicia is bothered by the fact it's deserted and has bloody rags throughout it. But even she is later convinced that there is just an elaborate stunt going on.
* {{Immortality}}: Castillo has found it. Now he is searching for fresh body parts to keep himself that way.
* ImpaledPalm: When our protagonists are attacked on a walkway over a swamp, Rudy manages to impale his hand on the sole huge nail on it.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Despite most of the characters not having any experience with the guns before, they manage to score plenty of headshots.
* InformedAbility: According to the opening narration, Karma thinks she's FoxyBrown, Simon is BrainlessBeauty, and there's a LoveTriangle between Karma, Simon, and Alicia. Evidence on any of these descriptions isn't really shown.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kirk.
* JumpScare: The thing in the blood tank.
* LatexPerfection: Castillo wearing Greg's face.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Before the TheWarSequence.
* LosingYourHead: After Rudy cuts off Castillo's head, he still has life in it to operate his body in an attempt to kill Rudy.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: According to the ending, Rudy will cause a zombie outbreak because he tried to bring back Alicia.
* LoweredMonsterDifficulty: The zombies suddenly become very easy to kill when the remaining protagonists are nearing Castillo's secret lair.
* MacheteMayhem: Kirk's melee weapon.
* MadScientist: Castillo.
* TheManTheyCouldntHang: One of the flashbacks shows Castillo surviving a hanging.
* MixAndMatchMan: Castillo.
* TheNarrator: Rudy.
* NeckSnap: Zombified Cynthia kills Hugh by snapping his neck.
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: "I don't like no [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]] jokes."
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When infected Kirk blows himself up, the following explosion lets the zombies inside refuge that our main characters fought for in the big zombie battle.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: While travelling underground, the protagonists encounter zombie conquistadors.
* NotUsingTheZWord: When the cast wonder about the things that are attacking them, Alicia points out that they are zombies and they better accept it.
* NowOrNeverKiss: Alicia gives one to Rudy.
* OffTheShelfFX: Transitions and some action scenes use footage from the original game, that is to say the one released in ''1996''.
* OpeningMonologue: Narration is used early on to tell us that things has went to hell and to introduce Alicia and her friends.
* OrbitalShot: Used when a character dies with a fade-to-red effect and during the big zombie battle.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: These zombies are a combination of types C and F.
* OutrunTheFireball: Rudy and Alicia do it when they blow up Castillo's lair.
* ThePowerOfBlood: Corpses are revived ''instantly on contact with'' chemically altered blood.
* ProtectiveCharm: Salish gives Cynthia a crucifix necklace for protection. She never wears it.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Zombies are shown to have red eyes early in the film when they kill Matt and Johanna.
* TheReveal: In the ending, [[WhamLine dialogue reveals]] Rudy's last name as Curien, the same as the villain of the first and the third game.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: How Greg manages to pay off Kirk.
* SeeYouInHell: Said by Kirk when blows himself up.
* SinisterMinister: Castillo was one when he was alive.
* SwampsAreEvil: There's a foggy swamp in the middle of the island and it has zombies hiding in it.
* SwordFight: A climactic one between Castillo and Alicia. Rudy attempts join in too with his axe, but mostly only gets in the way.
* TeamDad: Kirk.
* TitleOfTheDead
* TooDumbToLive: Applies to everyone who consciously decided to go to a rave in a secluded swampy island with no power that happens to be named "Island of the Dead".
* UseYourHead: Liberty headbutts a zombie that is attacking her in the water.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Greg throwing up on Cynthia on the boat.
* TheWarSequence: There's a 10 minute sequence where our protagonists try to reach the title house and have to fight hordes of zombies to get there. It's filled with {{egregious}} usage of BulletTime and loose grasp of continuity.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Liberty wears stars and stripes themed outfit.
* WhatTheHellHero: When Liberty is caught by zombies, Rudy and everyone else just stare at them from a short distance and don't move a muscle to help her.
** Somewhat justifiable, as by that time, even more zombies were storming the area and they had just run out of ammunition.
* YourCheatingHeart: Before they get killed, Johanna attempts to cheat on her boyfriend with Matt.
* ZombieGait: Both running and walking zombies are present. And many stand around simply waiting to be shot.

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!!The Funny Version provides the examples of:

* DontExplainTheJoke
* DVDCommentary: It's mostly Boll [[SmallNameBigEgo droning on about how awesome he is]], [[NeverMyFault blaming other people for certain parts sucking]], and chatting on the phone.
* HilariousOuttakes: What the film is made of.
* NegativeContinuity
* RuleOfFunny
* {{Sting}}: After TheReveal, in the commentary, Uwe Boll himself provides one though one that isn't very effective.. "Duh-duh-duh-duh!"
* ThrowItIn
* ToiletHumor

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