With the upcoming release, and dismal reviews, of “Warcraft,” we take a look back at some of the worst video game adaptations out there.
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“Bloodrayne” was a 2005 film based on the hack-and-slash game of the same name about a half-human, half-vampire killer. Despite attracting some impressive talent like Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Michelle Rodriguez and Billy Zane, director Uwe Boll (already known for his sub-par adaptations) found a way to underutilize every single one of them.
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Fighting game movie adaptations are nearly synonymous with “Worst Video Game Movies” lists. “Double Dragon” was adapted from the popular side-scrolling brawler that tried to capitalize on the ’90s obsession with kid martial arts pics. The outcome was less than favorable for fighters Billy and Jimmy.
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“House of the Dead”
Another Uwe Boll creation gracing the list is “House of the Dead,” a movie about teens headed to an island for a rave only to find themselves beset by the undead. Most curious of all is perhaps Boll’s decision to attempt to create a story based around the light gun arcade genre, a type of game which doesn’t pride itself on storytelling because it’s usually played in a noisy arcade or at worst, the back room of the local Pizza Hut.
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Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
Another fighting game adaptation, another flop. “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” took the campy goodness and fairly decent cast of the original and threw caution to the wind, casting nobodies and pushing out a by-the-numbers sequel that was hoping to bank on the “Mortal Kombat” IP.
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Just look at that photo. That’s a Silencer Cat. “Postal” had the unenviable task of adapting one of the most unapologetically controversial games at the time. What we got was a movie (another directed by Uwe Boll) that tried way too hard and only became offensive to those who never got their time back from watching it.
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“Street Fighter The Legend of Chun-Li”
The third fighting game on the list is based on Capcom’s popular “Street Fighter” franchise. The major problem with this pseudo-origin story to one of the game’s most famous fighters is its attempt at resembling a “gritty reboot.” It loses the absurdity and over-the-top feel of the games and becomes a bland, dull actioner.
“Super Mario Bros.”
Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo stepped into the red and green overalls of two of the most iconic video game characters of all time. Unfortunately that’s about all this movie had in common with the games. Looking past the atrocity they pulled on the Goombas, this film was such a critical and financial disaster that Hoskins has gone on record saying it was “the worst thing I ever did.”