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There have been A LOT of video game to movie adaptations, and not many have done that well. A lot of the credit for the terrible adaptations goes to Uwe Boll, a German director who has a lot of the horrible films under his belt. Instead of making this a list of just his films (which can go on and on) I will just put two of his films in this list. I think we all know what number one is, but let’s have some fun along the way. These are all in honor of the recently released (and terrible) film, Pixels.
In what is supposedly the final Silent Hill movie for a long time, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D released in October of 2012. It made a good amount of money, but it was very poorly received.
Many parts of the game are seen as terrible, from the acting, to the confusing storyline, to the subpar special effects. The story is very convoluted, but is a direct sequel of the last Silent Hill movie.
Silent Hill is about one big thing; fear. When you play or watch Silent Hill you want to be scared. You want things to jump out and scare you. You want to feel like you’re being hunted and you are on the edge of your seat. You want your pulse to be through the roof. Unfortunately , Silent Hill: Revelation fails to do that. The one thing that it should have no problem doing. And that is why Silent Hill should not be played, ever again.
Of all the Uwe Boll films, BloodRayne is probably one of the worst. The story was very confusing. Boll makes these films based off something he has in mind, and he typically makes changes on the fly that don’t make any sense.
The acting was very poor, with the nude scenes being the only thing that some critics said saved the film. There was often too much blood and the special effects didn’t work to pull off the right atmosphere.
The worst part about BloodRayne as a film is the fact that two more of them were made. The director is the real problem, chugging out bad movie after bad movie based off of video game series that people love. Shame on you, Uwe Boll. Shame.
Now I know that the first Mortal Kombat film grossed a lot of money. It has very mixed reviews, with some saying it was very nostalgic in the way it was filmed, others saying it had poor acting and a sad plot.
Even though Mortal Kombat did over $122 million, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation suffered. A different director and an extremely weak plot destroyed whatever could have happened to the Mortal Kombat series. Most of the original cast didn’t even come back for the sequel.
For a fighting game, Annihilation did an awful job with the fighting scenes, giving no real reason for anything that happened. The only saving grace could be that a Mortal Kombat reboot may happen, but it has been up in the air for a long time. If you want some real action, I would suggest to only watch the first Mortal Kombat.
There are many terrible, awful, horrible, Uwe Boll movies that deserve the number two spot of the worst video game to movie adaptations, but House of the Dead deserves the spot because this film actually made money, even though it was terrible and does not deserve to even be a movie.
This film had one of the worst plots. It was like an old 1980’s flick with oversexualized teenagers that want to party. But then it turns out, zombies. It’s horribly done and is really hard to sit through.
The ending of the movie is possibly the worst in film history. They find that there is a man who made an anti-zombie serum, and has given it to himself. He then made zombies and let them free. The serum keeps him alive as long as his head remains. The main characters kill him by crushing his head, and the girl survives by receiving the serum. Then we find out the guy that survives has the last name Castien, the name of the doctor who made the zombies in the first place in the video game.
Horrible, awful, terrible film. Horrible set of movies from Uwe Boll. He should never be allowed to make another movie ever again.
Yes, Super Mario Bros. The film that started the video game to movie adaptation. This movie sits somewhere between the realms of “Wow, did they really make that?” and “Oh, god. I can’t believe nobody stopped this train wreck.”
Super Mario Bros. is a well known and beloved video game franchise. The movie, not so much. The plot made zero sense, with a meteor, a dystopia dimension of Koopas, Toads, and sparks galore, and the word fungus being spoken more times than you ever wish in a mushroom documentary. It was a sad view of what a realistic Super Mario film should be (I guess?)
Even the actors in that film, all of them, have said at one time or another that the film was the worst thing they could have ever agreed to. The film was a box office flop, only making about half of the budget. It lives on as a novelty film. One of the really bad movies you have to see just to talk about it with friends. Will another ever get made? Probably not. The TV show was (if only slightly) better than the movie.
Those are the five worst video game to movie adaptations! Were there any that you think shouldn’t be on the list? Are there some that you think should? Do you think Hollywood should even still try to make video game to movie adaptations? Shout out in the comments below!
By Cody Dunmire
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