VIDEO game movies don’t have a great reputation, and it’s no surprise when you look at this lineup.
These stars often receive a lot of money. Huge stars, expensive sets, and marketing like you wouldn’t believe.
However, it’s very rare all that investment gets any substantial return, with bomb after bomb hitting the silver screen.
There were exceptions. Both Sonic the Hedgehog movies have done very well, as well as Sonic’s Netflix show and a third film is already in development.
That doesn’t change the fact that, by and large, movies about video games are a recipe for disaster.
Fans of the game walk away unhappy because it didn’t do the game justice, and regular moviegoers are unhappy because they don’t understand the context.
We’ve picked out the very worst of these films to ever hit the big screen, and will endeavour to explain what made them so disastrous.
House of the Dead (2003)
The 1996 shooter on which this movie was based may have been unfamiliar to you. It did alright for itself at the time but hasn’t made much of a long-lasting impact.
In 2003, though, it was still a brand worth picking up as it was given a £10 million budget.
It’s your classic horror plot. A group of young, promiscuous teenagers go to a party and are slowly taken by monsters.
Amazingly, the film did enough well to merit a sequel in 2005. However, no one who has seen it would consider it to be good.
BloodRayne offered everything that a game could need to attract the attention of Hollywood. It had vampires, was violent, and was led by the Nazis.
Uwe Boll, who previously directed two video games movies, was given the project’s direction. He will be directing more films in the future.
One was House of the Dead, which we’ve already discussed, and another is one we’ll be talking about shortly.
To put it nicely, he wasn’t good at making video game movies, and BloodRayne was no exception.
This film got a £20 million budget and only made back £3 million.
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2010)
Street Fighter has had more than one film made about it over the years, and if you need us to tell you they’re all bad, then you haven’t been paying attention.
While the original 1994 wasn’t good, it at least managed to have a bit of whacky charm that could endear you to it in some way.
The 2009 film took all the joy out of the film and made it look like any other action movie of its era.
The film had a £15 million budget and made just £10.6 million.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
Mortal Kombat is yet another series Hollywood refuses give up on. A film based on the series was released as recently as 2021.
The movie was good, but this 1997 film is truly awful.
Some of the dialogue in the film was so horrible that it has been made into a meme. This is something only the most terrible films can achieve.
Although we may laugh about it, it can be considered an international success at the box office. From a budget of £25 million, it grossed £42.6 million.
Resident Evil (2002-2016)
Resident Evil produces consistently subpar products but is very adaptable to other media forms quite often.
Fans voiced disapproval when a Resident Evil TV series was launched in 2022.
Six Resident Evil films have been released over fourteen years. While they were not well-received by critics or fans for their quality, they were nonetheless wildly popular.
The first movie grossed £85 million from a £27.4 million budget, while the 2016 film grossed £259.4 million from a £33.2 million budget.
In the Name of the King: An account of the Dungeon Siege (2007)
This film is a tribute to Uwe Boll. He does a great job and it’s as enjoyable as you might think.
There is virtually no relevance to Dungeon Siege in this film, but that probably wouldn’t have helped anyway.
This movie desperately wanted to be Lord of the Rings. However, it doesn’t have any of the elements that made the original series so amazing.
Somehow, £50 million was spent on this film, and it grossed just £10 million at the box office.
Wing Commander (1999)
If you’ve seen any other sci-fi war movie from around this time period, then you’ve seen this film.
It offers nothing new and rarely gets the basics right.
Despite starring Matthew Lillard and Freddie Prinze Jr., the film was utterly trashed by everyone.
The film’s budget of £25 million resulted in a pitiful £9.6 million return.
Super Mario Bros. (1993)
When people talk about bad video game movies, this is likely the first film that comes to mind, and it’s no surprise once you’ve watched it.
Rather than embrace the weird and cartoony aspects of Nintendo’s mascot, this film tried to turn it into gritty and grounded sci-fi.
It failed badly in this area, and the absurd plot, dialogue, design, and dialogue are made more funny by the seriousness of the film.
£40 million was spent on this film, which resulted in a return of £32.3 million.
Chris Pratt, his friends and the Mario team will do a better movie.
Double Dragon (1994).
Double Dragon didn’t do much in the way of story, so it was up to the team on this film to fill the gaps.
The gaps were certainly filled, but whatever they used didn’t have much substance, as the film made the smallest splash possible.
It had a relatively small budget of £6.4 million, but that only turned into a gross of £3.5 million.
Alone in the Dark (2006)
Uwe Boll is back for his worst film yet, and he’s not even working with a decent game this time.
This is the worst film ever made, even if you don’t like video games. It looked terrible.
The performances, dialogue, special effects and score are tedious to watch.
It doesn’t even have that “so bad it’s good” aspect that the Mario movie has, it’s just a waste of your time from start to finish.
Boll was working with a £16.6 million budget, and the film ended up grossing just £10.5 million.
Ryan Woodrow wrote this for GLHF.
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