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For the video game, see The House of the Dead 2.


House of the Dead 2 (alternately titled House of the Dead II: Dead Aim) is the 2005 sequel to Brightlight Pictures' 2003 film House of the Dead. The movie is directed by Michael Hurst and premiered at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain on October 14, 2005 and premiered in the United States on the SciFi Channel on February 11, 2006.

Plot

Taking place shortly after the original, government operatives under the command of one of the survivors of the first film, Colonel Jordan Casper (Ellie Cornell), are sent to investigate a new infection that has rapidly spread across fictional Cuesta Verde University. The operatives must bring back a first-generation blood sample from a zombie in order to create a vaccine against the virus, which is spread through biting; however, tensions between AMS and special forces, stemming from the apparent inexperience of the latter, create conflict within the team. Outside parties, interested in financially exploiting the zombies, also cause, second-hand, further conflict.

The parties now face an army of highly evolved zombies that can easily chew through their body armor. Battles rage from the library, to the dorm rooms, to the football fields. Eventually the operatives discover that the original hypersapien is Alicia (Ona Grauer), from the previous House of the Dead film. Despite her survival, it is indicated she transformed and murdered Rudy (Jonathan Cherry), her ex-boyfriend and another survivor from the first movie.

The operatives are unsuccessful in the initial attempt to gain a sample. The second time around works, leaving only two of them alive. After returning to their armored car, the blood sample is destroyed when one of the soldiers detonates a hand grenade. The survivors return to the city to find it burning: it is assumed that the city is engulfed with zombies.

Cast

  • Emmanuelle Vaugier as Alexandra 'Nightingale' Morgan
  • Ed Quinn as Ellis
  • Sticky Fingaz as Dalton
  • Steve Monroe as O'Conner
  • Victoria Pratt as Henson
  • James Parks Bart (as James Jean Parks)
  • Billy Brown as Griffin
  • Nadine Velazquez as Rodriguez
  • Mircea Monroe as Sarah Curtis
  • Ellie Cornell as Jordan Casper
  • Jonathan Cherry as Rudy Curien (archives)
  • Ona Grauer as Alicia (archives)
  • Sid Haig as Professor Curien
  • Daniel Southworth as Soldier

Development

Work on House of the Dead 2's script began prior to the 2003 release of House of the Dead. Screenwriters Michael Roesch and Peter Scheerer wanted the sequel to "avoid as much as possible what [was] in the first movie", recognizing House of the Dead's poor reception from film critics, director Uwe Boll, and producer Mark Altman.[1]

To this end, Roesch and Scheerer wrote a "darker" story that was limited to one location -- a college campus -- and focused on the AMS organization to be more faithful to the House of the Dead video games. The script originally had no connections to the first film; Altman later added Ellie Cornell's character, Jordan Casper, along with Rudy Curien's father, who is played by Sid Haig. Despite this, Scheerer has stated that House of the Dead 2 is not a direct sequel to the first film.[1]

Cancelled sequel

A sequel titled House of the Dead 3 was originally in production and due for a release date around 2006-2009, however ended up not being made.

Notably, the majority of the cast appeared in the 2006 zombie-comedy film Dead and Deader, with fans stating it to be a spiritual successor to this film.

Trivia

  • It's alternative title House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim is similar to Resident Evil: Dead Aim (known in Japan as Gun Survivor 4: Biohazard :Heroes Never Die), part of Capcom's GunSurvivor series of light-gun games for the PlayStation.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Condit, John (2006). "Roesch, Michael & Scheerer, Peter (House of the Dead 2)". Dread Central.
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