Saturday, September 8, 2007

The Top Five Worst Video Game Based Movies

Obliviously I love video games as much as the next gamer loves video games. But we don't love the film maker's that destroy our favorite titles in their quest to bring the game to the big screen.

So a list of the top five worst game-based movies has be created. Please note that there is no particular order for the list of game-based movies.

Super Mario Brothers

Super Mario Brother is the perfect example of what not to do when making a movie out of a video game. For example if a character is suppose to be Italian with a mustache don't hire a Latino actor that is clean shaven like John Leguizamo was. Or a reptile like King Koopa or Toad like don't make the characters human. This movie plot was so loosely based on the game it was a shame to even call it Super Mario Brothers.

The movie's biggest problems is it was the first of it kind, meaning the first major motion picture to be based off of a video game.


Doom is considered to be on of the great 1st person shooter computer video games ever, producing an amazing cult following. However the movie itself was boring and sad to watch.

The plot of the game is simple: "A portal to Hell has opened up on Mars and you, a space marine, have to kill everything that came out of it." But in the movie you end up killing zombie not demons from hell so it looses what makes Doom, Doom.

The film maker's forgot what made the game so good and produced another loosely base title of the game itself.

Street Fighter

I personally didn't think is would be possible to mess up a game in which all you do is fight and fight and fight, but filmmakers managed to it with Street Fighter.

The movie for one thing didn't have a whole lot of bare-knuckle fighting and replaced it with more of heavy gun play. It had virtually no plot to speak of and the two main actors, Raul Julila a respected theater trained actor and Jean-Claude Van Damme an action star should never been on the same state with each other.

The saddest part of this movie was the fact that it was Raul Julia's final motion picture. Not a good way to go as an actor.

House of the Dead

German director Uwe Boll has a vast list of terrible produced video game based movies including: “Alone in the Dark,” “BloodRayne” and “House of the Dead” -- a film that takes awful to a new level.

This was suppose to be a horror movie but it in reality had very few scary moments. The bad acting makes it more of a comedy then a horror movie. Little has anything to do with the actual game but the title, zombies and some in-game footage.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Resident Evil: Apocalypse to some degree follow the main plot of the Resident Evil series namely: "flesh-eating zombies are in control of the city and you have to make your way out of it alive". However it misses the reason people love the Resident Evil computer video games, its not scary, fun and the plot is weak and there is virtually no character development. The bad thing here is that Resident Evil Apocalypse is a sequel to an actual descent first movie.