More recently, we recalled films based on video games, for which you are not ashamed… But do not forget that there are many opposite examples: it is not without reason that game adaptations are more often used to scold rather than praise. This time we decided to collect the top ten worst examples: in some cases, however, everything is so terrible that it even causes delight.
Actors: Christian Slater, Tara Reid, Stephen Dorff.
If the first film is often mentioned in the list of the best film adaptations, then the sequel deservedly ranks among the worst. There is nothing left of the former atmosphere and choreography of monsters, and the plot, although it takes a basis in games, is based on fan service almost entirely.
The change of director was not in vain: this time the film relies on violence and strange monsters, the Pyramid Head gets bigger, and the central conflict from the third game in the series turns into a circus tent. It is interesting that at the same time they try to frighten with the help of a huge amount of cellophane film, hung here and there with or without reason. What it should symbolize is unknown. The final nail in the lid of the horror coffin is hammered into the final battle between Claudia, turned into a monster, and Pyramid Head. Why the scriptwriters did not like the original and why it needed to be turned into minced meat is a big mystery.
“Hitman: Agent 47” // Hitman: Agent 47
Year of issue: 2015.
Rating on KinoPoisk: 5.6.
Rating on IMDb: 5.7.
Director: Alexander Bach.
Cast: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto.
One of the first adaptations of fighting games, because of which “Mortal Kombat” by Paul W.S. Anderson raised serious concerns. The transfer to the big screens of the game, which turned the idea of the whole genre, did not save even Van Damme, who played William Gyle: he, by the way, refused to play Johnny Cage in Anderson’s film, preferring the main role in “Street Fighter”.
An uneven general tone, a strange plot about a crazy dictator who kidnapped people instead of a world tournament among the best fighters and the widespread use of firearms in a martial arts film leave the viewer in great perplexity. A bonus is Van Damme’s grotesque play, which in many ways finished off the already not in the best state of the actor’s career. Only the last battles of familiar heroes save the film a little, but this is clearly not enough to call the picture at least somewhat successful.
In the first part of the game series Dungeon Siege, which formed the basis of the film adaptation, gamers took control of a simple farmer. He was the lone survivor of the attack on his village of krags – strange humanoids, and to prevent a recurrence of the nightmare, he went to a neighboring city to warn the inhabitants of the impending danger.
Uwe Boll took the question literally: in his version, Statham plays a village boy who is called the Farmer. Unless the motivation has changed a little: this time the Farmer is sent to avenge his deceased son and rescue the kidnapped wife. Visually “In the Name of the King” diligently copies a bunch of blockbusters – from “The Lord of the Rings” to “The Matrix”, and the script here is the usual vinaigrette of stolen and their own ideas. Traditionally, everything depends on the optics of the viewer: Ball can either be hated or admired furiously.
Bloodrayne // BloodRayne
Year of release: 2005.
Rating on KinoPoisk: 3.4.
Rating on IMDb: 2.9.
Director: Uwe Ball.
Actors: Kristanna Loken, Michael Madsen, Udo Kir.
A film adaptation of the popular 1990s bitemap that even the young Mark Dacascos did not save. The plot tells the story of brothers Lee, Jimmy and Billy, who are forced to fight with an ancient demon and his army of minions for a magical talisman. The fate of the whole world is at stake.
The strange combination of Chinese mythology, post-apocalypse and magic caused bewilderment rather than delight, and worsened the situation of the extremely controversial quality of the joke. The strangest thing was that instead of a film about martial arts, the viewer saw something incomprehensible: more often than not, Jimmy and Billy did not so much beat their opponents as they fled or, for example, threw bricks at their enemies. Together with the monstrous play of the actors and the most frivolous tone of children’s films, the overall impression is extremely unusual.
The holy grail of video game adaptations and a living legend that has become the object of worship at the “Room” level of Tommy Wiseau. From the original there is only a plot like “the plumber brothers Mario and Luigi are fighting the tyrant Bowser Coopa, who is holding Princess Daisy in captivity.”
And then all the fun begins: the brothers live in Brooklyn, and under the ground is the city of Dinohattan, inhabited by lizard people, originating from dinosaurs. The design of familiar creatures like the same gumba is so different from the usual in games that you are amazed. The director, by the way, openly declares that this is the lowest point of his career. Still, there’s a lot to be proud of: Super Mario Bros was the world’s first video game-based film. Albeit a failure.