It feels like video game adaptations often get the short end of the joystick, containing more fan service and little substance to speak of. This isn’t to say that Hollywood hasn’t treated us to some fun rides, like 2005’s Silent Hill and a handful of the Resident Evil films, even if they don’t particularly resemble many of the events in the game franchise.
It feels hard to recommend most video game adaptations to friends, at least not without a few concessions, including the classic, “It’s pretty good–for a video game movie.”
It’s only right Nintendo was able to enjoy a piece of the pie when Detective Pikachu showed up and seemingly broke the long-running curse, presumably unsealed and unleashed upon all video game adaptations by the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. movie.
Sega kept the rehabilitation of video game movies going with two stellar Sonic the Hedgehog films but it still mostly remains to be seen when it comes to the horror genre of video games. Perhaps the world will continue to traumatize us all, giving studios enough reason to greenlit bigger budgets and shooting schedules, giving us the Silent Hill and Parasite Eve film adaptations we all deserve.
In the meantime, plenty of demented directors have delivered some horror films that feel close enough to many of our beloved game titles, tonally. And while vibes are only part of the equation, the ‘too many cooks’ problem when dealing with massive, already-existing intellectual properties is much less of a factor. Put differently, Paul W.S. Anderson is able to go to extremes in Event Horizon that EA might hesitate on, should they ever hand the reins to John Carpenter for a Dead Space movie (do it, EA!).
So if you’re looking for some spooky movies (or TV shows) that scratch a familiar itch when it comes to some of your favorite horror games, look no further.
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