10 “Best” of the Worst Movies Made from Video Games
Sometimes having an established fan base and a story line handed to a studio still doesn't ensure success. Especially when director Uwe Boll takes interest.
1. Double Dragon
What could be said for James Yukich’s adaptation of Double Dragon that hasn’t already been said in 1994 by everyone in the movie theater while watching it? Probably nothing to be honest. The two player cooperative combat beat’em up video game couldn’t have been anymore popular as we play as Billy and Jimmy Lee fighting our way through the Black Warriors gang to rescue Billy’s girlfriend, Marian. The movie on the other hand was more popular because of the filmmaker’s inability to capture the spirit of the game and elaborate on a simple story. With an almost a Big Trouble in Little China inspiration that couldn’t felt more forced, Double Dragon almost serves as a reminder that the more modern versions of video games movies could be so much worse. In Yukich’s defense he is a director more familiar with music and stand up comedy performances. Either way the nostalgic aspect of this film time warps you to a silly but enjoyable time where twin brothers fought valiantly to save a beautiful Alyssa Milano.
2. Hitman: Agent 47
Unfortunately this video game franchise seems to be going the way of the Punisher movie franchise, we love the character but the movies can’t seem to hit their mark. Xavier Gens directed the first adaptation who happened to direct a great horror/thriller in the film Frontier(s) and now first time director Aleksander Bach takes the reins on Agent 47. If you’re looking to check out from reality while scrolling through your phone while occasionally glancing up at the screen while Rupert Friend kicks some ass then this is an awesomely fun flick. Needless to say the games illicit more precise enjoyment of something actually being accomplished.
A cult game gets a terrible film by infamous director Uwe Boll. This is common trend as Mr. Boll has a penchant for cornering the video game movie market. While obtaining a slew of Razzie award nominations and wins there’s no reservation that this film will be anything but an outlandishly ridiculous action comedy. As you walk into this film hang up any critical thinking, tap into the most immature aspect of your personality and cross your fingers which is what some could say about the game itself. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it isn’t a good thing either.
First and foremost the Street Fighter video games, especially the Street Fighter 2 series are incredible. There’s nothing cult about these games as they’ve always have been insanely popular fighting games that lived in a less intense and serious world that the Mortal Kombat series exists in. This translates to hours and hours of fun as you kick, stomp, and hadouken your way through the game. Now I should be talking more about the movie but why? We all read the title and we know that pretty much all of the Street Fighter movies don’t come close to capturing the fun and excitement of the games. In all fairness The Legend of Chun-Li is just as underwhelming as the other films with lackluster actions scenes, boring performances, and uninteresting cinematography. These films are essentially the equivalent of someone threatening you with smashing an egg on your head only to find out there’s no yolk inside. In other words, we’ve been had.
5. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
The first Silent Hill film, written by the talented Roger Avery, was awesome. Why? Well, we felt the mood of the game come through with all of the horrors and mystery attached to it. Leaving the initial adaptation the audience could reasonably feel like they wanted something more that didn’t pay off but the lovers of the game were satisfied with having a live action extension of the game. Now take Silent Hill: Revelation 3D which takes all of the aspects that the game enthusiasts loved and replaced them a parody of itself that sells to neither the gammers nor film lovers. Possibly relying too much on their 3D medium the story is thin and thus the horror translates to a farce but hey, who doesn’t like creepy monsters?
6. House of the Dead
The House of the Dead video game is full of scary fun as we hold our light guns and blow away zombies as they jump in our faces from all directions. The arcade game was definitely in the top five games to play upon entering the arcade. The laughs were at the expense of ourselves as the shock scares of grotesque zombies flinging themselves at the the player brought so much excitement that one could only laugh. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the film were the laughs are more at the expense of the production value and story of the movie. One could argue that this is a common in director Uwe Boll’s films but then one would have to box him for charity in retaliation.
Even Michael Madsen was quoted as saying Bloodrayne was "an abomination... a horrifying and preposterous movie" and landed director Uwe Boll with more Razzie nominations. Needless to say when your average movie goer complains about the time that they’ll never get back this is the type of film they’re talking about. A game which was met with a mixed to positive reception with a consensus of being an entertaining vampire game, the film not only couldn’t achieve the same reaction but was almost annoying in it’s execution. When discussing video game movies sometimes the fans are forgiving of certain aspects because they at least get another version of something they love. This movie would illicit the exact opposite reaction. Also, let’s just forget that Ben Kingsley decided to take a role.
8. In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Inspired by the game Dungeon Siege, director Uwe Boll casts Jason Statham, Burt Reynolds, Ron Pearlman, and Matthew Lillard for this cringe worthy film. Odd dialog with coupled with hollow performances with actions scenes that are more embarrassing than exciting. The game on the other hand is extremely exciting and immerses the player in non stop action. If Boll were able to capture even a little of the game’s intensity then he might not have won a Worst Director Award for it.
9. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
The Mortal Kombat video game series is of the most popular in the world. As a kid the games were way more realistic than the cartoonish fight games we were used to playing. The words “Finish Him” were an open invitation to kill off an opponent that we had just beaten into submission. All in all, if a parent was going to take issues with a game then Mortal Kombat almost seemed reasonable in being the poster boy. With a legendary title and a fanatic fan base waiting for a quality film, first time director and established cinematographer John Leonetti took on Annihilation and did exactly that to those who bought a ticket. Poor performances, dull fighting sequences, and low budget special effects this film to the point that Ed Boon, Mortal Kombat co-creator, was quoted as calling it the "worst moment" in the history of the franchise.
10. Alone in the Dark
H.P. Lovercraft meets Uwe Boll, Tara Reid, Christian Slater, and Stephen Dorf. What could go wrong? Absolutely everything would be the answer that question. At best it’s another “Just don't take it seriously and you'll have a fun time." (Michelle Alexandria of Eclipse Magazine) which I have to say getting real old real fast. A unique game in it’s own right, Alone in the Dark follows private investigator Edward Carnby as he investigates a haunted mansion. It’s not long before we realize the mansion is inhabited with creepy creatures and Mr. Carnby is forced into survival. The game is fun and entertaining in a way that you don’t have to turn your brain off or not take it seriously to have fun which makes the idea of having to for the film is completely unacceptable. At least it got Uwe Boll more Razzie awards.