The Absolute Worst Video Game Movies Of All Time
The reputation for video game movies to be bad is...quite strong. There has been a very exclusive amount of films to be considered "good" in terms of a video game adaptation. The rest are all infamously known for being terrible adaptations and sometimes even terrible movies themselves. Amongst the numerous bad films there are some that truly stand out. Here is a list of some of the worst video game movies of all time.
This infamous adaptation has it all. Cringeworthy fight scenes, terrible acting, awful pacing and worst of all not much to do with the material it is based on. This film was directed by Uwe Boll who has directed quite a few of these adaptations. We would say this one was probably the worst. We said probably.
Alone in the Dark (2005)
Uwe Boll is back with this awful adaptation of the beloved video game franchise. While a film like 'BloodRayne' may have been truly terrible throughout, this movie has a bit of saving grace. Falling into the "so bad its good" category is the only possible redemption for this mess.
Super Mario Bros. (1993)
I think we are all aware of this one. At at grueling 104 minutes, 'Super Mario Bros.' is infamous for its laughably bad interpretation of the games. Having a live action version did not pay for this studio. There is definitely charm to it if you want to watch it with the right mindset. Otherwise keep away at all costs if you can.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
What's not to love about this one? Look, we know it's bad. Like, really bad. Yet, it still rocks. The first 'Mortal Kombat' film arguably being better and more fun is true but this one still carries the same ridiculous candor. Definitely the weaker of the two films but consistent with the amount of terrible CGI and awful dialogue.
House of the Dead (2003)
Uwe Boll is at it again with his interpretation of the 'House of the Dead'. You think it would be rather simple to keep to the setting of the game - a spooky mansion filled with zombie hordes to gun down. Right? Wrong. The entire film takes place as a "rave" gone wrong. The easiest part to recreate was completely skipped over for a sad over the top party theme.
Double Dragon (1994)
I really would not waste your time with this one. It is a poorly made film with boring action and a messy plot only slightly inspired by the real resource. If you really want to take a trip to New Angeles then go for it. We wish you the best of luck.
DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)
There is only one thing that ties this film to the 'Dead or Alive' franchise and that is poor fight choreography. Otherwise, this movie is packed with sexism, over the top dialogue, and awful effects. If you are 12 years old, yeah sure go for it, but any reasonable adult will skip this crap.
Max Payne (2008)
If you want a watered down, empty, boring version of the 'Max Payne' game series, then I guess this movie is for you. All the nuance from the game is lost in this loose interpretation of the story. The main antagonist in the game is even switched to some other secondary character that has no relevance to the plot of the game.
Street Fighter (1994)
'Street Fighter' is a beloved franchise and unfortunately the film made with the same name is nowhere near the same quality. At all. Fans can get past the bad acting, poor writing, and weird accents. The part they cannot forgive is what impact this film had on the games. It nearly made the games a joke - ruining the reputation fans had held for so long.
Need for Speed (2014)
In what may be the safest video game movie ever, 'Need for Speed' does nothing interesting with its plot and completely wastes the talent Aaron Paul brings to the screen. A bloated budget and some well done action scenes certainly carry this film to be above some of the others, but unfortunately its not enough to redeem it.
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